WILTSHIRE AIRFIELDS IN THE SECOND WORLD WAR Between 1939 and 1945, Wiltshire’s airfields were kept continuously active in a variety of roles vital to the national war effort. At the outbreak of the Second World War, Wiltshire’s main airfields were Larkhill, Upavon and Netheravon. Because of their distance from the main theatre of operations, they were initially used for training and support. Yatesbury, […]

She Landed By Moonlight – the story of Secret Agent Pearl Witherington: The Real ‘Charlotte Grey’

 On the night of 22nd September 1943 Pearl Witherington, a 29—year—old British secretary and agent of the Special Operations Executive (SOB), was parachuted into Occupied France. Like Sebastian Faulks’ heroine, Charlotte Gray, Pearl had a dual mission: to fight for her beloved, broken France — and to find her lost love, Henri Cornioley, a French soldier on the run from the […]

Welcome to Pipe and Slippers

So, what’s it all about? Well, for over thirty years I’ve collected a large number of books on assorted topics, mainly motorsport in various forms, aviation, military history to name just a few categories. I’ve also gathered some memorabilia and collectables along the way. The time has come to downsize and move house and there […]