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Our Canadian Bookstore  

Our range of titles printed and distributed within Canada, priced in Canadian Dollars.

Our Australian Bookstore 

Our range of titles printed and distributed within Australia, priced in Australian Dollars.

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A collection of high quality books featuring many photographs in colour (where applicable) as well as black and white. Printed in the UK and the US, they can be ordered through the image and link 'Buy this book'. These books are also available in black and white only, through the links in our 'Main Force' range.

Click on the image to be taken to the sales page in The Great British Bookshop.

Please note: our 'Pathfinder' range does not use the services of Amazon, for those for whom that is an issue!

The Dark Part of the Sky

An anthology of original Bomber Command-related ghost stories, complimented by reviewers as being exceptionally well researched.

Dead men tell no tales? This lot just won't keep quiet... 

A great set of ghost stories for Christmas!

Paperback, 8 in x 5 in, 232 pages. 

£6.49 plus postage.

Callsign: Silksheen

The story of RAF East Kirkby, its squadrons and aircrew, and its transition to a world-famous Bomber Command museum.


Includes the story of the equally-famous Avro Lancaster, 'Just Jane'. 

Hardback, A4, 474 pages, fully illustrated in colour and b/w. £28.


Chris Ward's authoritative wartime history of 617 Squadron is now available in hardback, fully illustrated in colour and b/w, making it an excellent addition to any collection.

Undoubtedly the finest book on this iconic unit.

Hardback, A4, 406 pages,  £35.

Before the Dawn: No.38 Squadron

Steve Smith's comprehensive account of the pre- and early war history of 38 Squadron includes rare photographs of the unit.

273-page paperback, 11 in x 8.5 in,  with numerous colour photographs. £20

From the Ruhr to the Rhine: No. 196 Squadron

The story of an unsung unit in the mid-war period, this is a fascinating account, and an ideal companion for Steve Holmes' previous history of the is unit, 'Thus We Keep Faith'.

Part one of a short series on 196 Squadron. 

Paperback11 in x 8.5 in,  with numerous colour photographs. 289 pages, £23.

Dambuster Deering

A biography of Pilot Officer George Deering RCAF, who flew as air gunner in the crew of Wing Commander Guy Gibson on the celebrated Dams Raid. 

Full colour hardback, 11 in x 8.5 in,  

£22 plus postage.

British Civil Air Accident Record. 
Vol. 1 1789-1914

Volume 1 of a series in production, Simon Hepworth's book details every recorded British Air Accident before the Great War. 

A fascinating study of the incidents that led to improvements in air safety, as well as a riveting read.

Paperback, 11 in x 8.5 in, 235 pages, fully illustrated with contemporary images. £19.

106 Squadron Profile

Chris Ward's comprehensive account of 106 Squadron's operational history in the Second World War. 150+ photos. 

Paperback, 11 x 8.5 inches, 468 pages, £23.

103 Squadron Profile

Chris Ward's comprehensive account of 103 Squadron's operational history in the Second World War. 150+ photos. 

Paperback, 11 x 8.5 inches, 456 pages, £23.

57 Squadron Profile

Chris Ward's operational history of 57 Squadron in the Second World War. 150+ photos. 

Paperback, 11 x 8.5 inches, 398 pages, £23.

49 Squadron Profile

Chris Ward's operational history of 49 Squadron in the Second World War. 150+ photos. 

Paperback, 11 x 8.5 inches, 488 pages, £23.

Royal Air Force Squadron Losses

RAF & AFC Squadron Losses Series, by W R Chorley and P J McMIllan. Details of every loss in front line service, from 1st April 1918. Volume 6 (1936 to the outbreak of the Second World War) is being prepared and will follow shortly. A wealth of knowledge on this important aspect of aviation history.


Air Crash Investigations

Detailed studies of aviation disasters.

RAF Bomber Command Profiles - Chris Ward

Each squadron's wartime operational history is told in great detail in Chris Ward's epic series. Each volume contains a wealth of b/w photographs of the squadron's crews, aircraft and their operations. More volumes are being added continually. Printed and distributed through Amazon worldwide.

No. 3 Group Squadron Histories

Wartime operational histories of some of the squadrons of No. 3 Group, RAF Bomber Command.

Crew Biographies

The personal stories of those who took part in the air war in Europe.

Other Unit and Campaign Histories

Other fascinating aspects of the bomber war against Germany.

Fiction - aviation and other works

Looking for something a little bit different? Try these works of fiction...

Authentic Notes

Training notes and expert information on aviation and related subjects.


Books that aren't about aviation, but we have published them anyway.

Our team

Aviation Books Ltd. is the result of collaboration in research and book production between a number of writers specialising in Bomber Command and other aviation history. Other authors are, of course, made very welcome!

Simon Hepworth

Director and author

Simon Hepworth is director of Aviation Books Ltd., as well as being an author in his own right. Simon has carried out years of research into 514 Squadron and, more recently, has written a number of books focusing on aircraft accident investigations. 


Andrew Porrelli

Senior Australian researcher

Andrew (below) has also been deeply involved in researching and writing the history of 514 Squadron, especially its Australian members. He has built up a wealth of knowledge on Australians in Bomber Command generally, and is an expert in navigating the country's extensive archives of RAAF personnel records.

Steve Smith

Director and author

Steve Smith has been for many years the official historian for 218 (Gold Coast) Squadron. His work has expanded to include all 3 Group Bomber Command Squadrons, in which he is probably the world's leading expert. Steve's latest book is 'We Are Coming Bringing Gifts', the first volume of a two-part history of No. 620 Sqn.

Chris Ward

Senior author

Chris Ward has written extensively about Bomber Command, producing not only the Squadron Profiles but also books about five of the eight groups serving the Command during the war. Chris is an acknowledged expert on 617 Squadron, having produced a number of full wartime histories of the unit. His latest Bomber Command Profile is of 102 (Ceylon) Squadron.


Contact us by emailing aviationbooksuk@gmail.com

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