This is a memoir of flying with the Royal Air Force in war and peace during a career in military and civil aviation covering a half century. The text is filled with personal experiences, reminiscences and impressions and is written in four parts. Part One covers the years leading to the author's graduation and the winning of his RAF Wings. This is followed by action-packed stories of flying propeller-driven fighters, Spitfires and Mustangs, during and just after the Second World War. The author then tells of his unique experiences of front-line fighter operations when he flew jets with the United States Air Force during the Korean War. The final chapter covers the remainder of his RAF Service flying until retirement.
Colin Downes has contributed to previously published books such as Brian Cull's With the Yanks in Korea, One-armed Mac and Blue on Blue published by Grub Street. In addition he has published some 'flying anecdotes' in Aeroplane Monthly. He now lives in British Colombia.