First edition of The Flying Guns by Lieutenant Clarence E. Dickinson, U.S.N., in the scarce first state dust jacket.
Octavo, vii, 196pp. Red cloth, title on spine and front cover. “Scribner’s A” on copyright page. Solid text block, faint toning to endpapers, lightly bumped corners, a near fine example. In publisher’s first state dust jacket, price-clipped, wear to corners and edges, loss to bottom edge, tape repairs to verso, sunning to spine, a scarce dust jacket.
Rear Admiral Clarence E. Dickinson was the first person in history to receive three Navy Crosses upon the presentation of his second Gold Star in 1942. The Flying Guns describes his experiences in World War II as a scout pilot aboard the USS Enterprise, the aircraft carrier that first sighted the Japanese near Midway.