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Aeroaddict front cover for websiteAEROADDICT

by veteran aviator

Doug Gregory D.F.C.

ISBN 978-0-9927220-0-5

 

Come and meet Doug Gregory

Book Signing Event

at The Herald, Hythe, Hampshire

on Saturday 9th November

10am to 12pm

Light refreshments will be served.

It will surprise former pupils of Noadswood School to learn what their old art and drama teacher, Doug Gregory, did during his RAF service in WW2 and more recently in building and flying his own WW1 replica aeroplane.  Doug’s book is a gripping read – and he writes with wry humour, honesty and some pathos.

The book is illustrated with over 40 photographs of the author building his plane and taking part in aerial displays, as well as his time in the RAF.

Doug’s is a ‘lifelong love affair with aeroplanes’ – as a boy in Southampton, as a WW2 night-fighter pilot, flying over 67 missions over occupied Europe, and post-retirement, in building a replica S.E.5a biplane and entertaining the public with his aerobatics in the Great War Display Team.

Doug in WW1 uniform - as on back cover of book -for websiteNow 90 years old, he hung up his flying goggles and helmet only recently, but not before penning this memoir. He writes as if building an aeroplane in the back garden and taking to the air in it, is a natural way to pass the time:

‘This is an account of me, building a fun aeroplane for my enjoyment in my dotage, and while building it, dragging up and jotting down a few reminiscences with which I have bored friends over the years. Building an aeroplane is fun in itself, but it is only a means to an end. Flying it is the greatest pleasure.’

In the Foreword to the book, Julian Lewis, MP for New Forest East, acknowledges, ‘Doug Gregory’s service to our country and community, as warrior, educator and aerial entertainer, puts us all in his debt’.

Of course Doug is the first to admit that he could not have taken on his S.E.5a project without  the help and support of others, not least that of his wife, Liz, whom he describes as ‘my inspiration, task master and helpmate’.

We hope you will call in at The Herald on the 9th.  Doug and Liz will be delighted to see you.

AEROADDICT will be available to buy from Little Knoll Bookshop and book retailers from the start of November at £14.99.

If you can’t come to the signing event and you would like a signed copy please email me – Jenny@LittleKnollPress.co.uk

Aerial of Doug in his S.E.5a for website

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