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(AVIATION: WWII)

The Fedden Mission to Germany. Final Report. June, 1945.

London, Ministry of Aircraft Production 1945 Stock Code: 141356
£1,500.00

Secret British report on German aerospace advances in WWII.

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Classified SECRET, the first and only edition. Rare, 2 copies only on Library Hub, National Aerospace Library and Science Museum, WolrdCat adds a single copy at the US Army War College. Detailed report produced by the British mission, named for the its leader, Sir Alfred Hubert "Roy" Fedden, sent to Germany to gather technical intelligence about German advances in aircraft and aero engines, including key developments in jet technology and ballistic missiles.

The British party rather trailed in the track of the American's Operation Paperclip, whose agents had been on the ground weeks in advance, some even crossing the Rhine with front line troops. Nonetheless, a great deal of workable intel was gathered, leading Fedden to strongly recommend that "the future of the best aeronautical research lay in German science... imploring the British establishment not to ignore the advanced German knowledge... but the British government and many of the learned men, turned their noses up at creating a policy around the German science. The Americans and the Russians (and the French) had no such qualms..." (Cole, Secret Wings of World War II). Ink stamp to the front wrap shows this copy to have been circulated by the Technical Information Bureau of the Ministry.

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Description

Foolscap folio. Spiral-backed printed manila thin card wraps.

Illustrations

Numerous plates from photographs and diagrams.

Condition

A little rubbed on the wraps, pale toning to the text, overall very good.

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