Allan lives in Ontario, Canada but was born and grew up in Merseyside, England.He studied in North Wales (B.Sc.) and East Anglia (Ph.D.). By profession a chemist, he has worked for many years as a consultant on international chemical regulation and has traveled extensively. He is currently writing a series of art-crime mystery novels featuring Catrin Sayer, a central character who is Welsh, an artist and a policewoman with the Metropolitan Police Service in London. The first novel, The Chinese Sailor, covers her transition from uniform work into the role of a detective with an art crime unit and is set largely in North Wales. The second novel, The Scottish Colourist, is partially set in Glasgow. Other novels in the same series, dealing with the development of the life, career and cases of Catrin Sayer will be set in other locations, many of which the author has lived in or visited over the years. In a Moon’s Course, his first book, is on an entirely different topic; flight simulation and the subject of the Air Transport Auxiliary in England during World War II. It arose from his comparison of the sophistication of airline flying today with the ‘seat of the pants’ flight skills required by the men and women ferry pilots during World War II.
In a Moon's Courseby Allan Jones
The Air Transport Auxiliary (ATA) provided a remarkable air service during the Second World War. In the manner of a modern courier company, the organisation delivered from the factories and transatlantic arrival points the hundreds of aircraft that were needed daily by the RAF and Royal Navy. At the end of the war in Europe the ATA disbanded rapidly and disappeared
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The Air Transport Auxiliary (ATA) provided a remarkable air service during the Second World War. In the manner of a modern courier company, the organisation delivered from the factories and transatlantic arrival points the hundreds of aircraft that were needed daily by the RAF and Royal Navy. At the end of the war in Europe the ATA disbanded rapidly and disappeared from public view. The old men and young women who were flying Spitfires and Lancasters one day suddenly found themselves returning to ‘normal lives’ the next. As Lettice Curtis wrote, they became ‘Forgotten Pilots’.This is a book primarily for the flight simulation community. In a Moon’s Course focuses on ATA flights, recreating twenty-eight of them from log book notes or historical and anecdotal sources.
A brief background to the ATA, the stories of the flights and the details for simulating each one in any flight simulation software are provided. Re-creations of flights by well-known ATA pilots including Lettice Curtis, Peter Mursell and Hugh Bergel are featured - but so are flights made by others unknown today other than through a fragment of their log book found on web sites. A comprehensive list of references is appended.
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