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The Air Transport Auxiliary (ATA) in Britain provided a remarkable air service during World War II. In the manner of a modern courier company the ATA delivered from the factories and transatlantic arrival points the hundreds of aircraft that were needed each day by the RAF and Royal Navy Air Arm.

ATA personnel were often the parents, brothers and sisters or aunts and uncles of those serving on the front line. Some were World War I veteran pilots, others were experienced volunteers from overseas but many more with little or no flying experience learned to fly fighters and bombers across Britain. Ex-butlers, secretarial staff, hairdressers and retired teachers became planners, aviation electricians, aircraft refuelling staff and tow tug operators to fill the many ground-based roles.

In a Moon’s Course describes the work of the ATA and tells twenty-eight of their often-astonishing flight stories re-visited through flight simulation. Re-creations of flights by well-known ATA pilots including Lettice Curtis, Peter Mursell and Hugh Bergel are featured with others made by pilots unknown today.

The title of this book comes from the epitaph in St. Paul’s Cathedral for those ATA pilots and flight engineers who died in air accidents while making these deliveries.

At the end of the war in Europe the ATA disbanded rapidly and disappeared from public view. The old men and young women flying Spitfires and Lancasters one day returned to ‘normal lives’ the next. This book gives the background story of the organisation, the details for the re-creation of these flights in flight simulation and key maps.

Here are the titles of the stories:

1: Captain Mrs. Wilberforce
2: The First Hurricane
3: Gaggle of Geese
4: No Brakes, No Electrics, No Hydraulics
5: Fairweather
6: Tobin
7: The Walrus at New Brighton
8: Havoc
9: Spitfire from Prestwick
10: In Memoriam
11: A Spitfire for Malta
12: Out of the Mist
13: The Fosse Way Landing
14: Crowder
15: To the Shetlands
16: Under the Bridge
17: Dam Buster Delivery
18: Balloons
19: The Daily Round
20: A Tiger on a Summer’s Day
21. A Halifax to the East Coast
22: The Return to France
23: Mustang
24: The Flying Nightingale
25: Collecting General Bór
26: The Sutherland
27: Catalinas from Greenock
28: The ‘VE Day’ Flight

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