1st Edition HB 1952
Paperback. Published in the UK in 1954 by "Viking Press".
Printer N/K. No ISBN number
Hardback. Published in the UK in 1985 by "The Falcon Press".
Printer N/K. ISBN number 0853687293
Paperback. Published in 1988 by "Grafton Press".
Printer N/K. ISBN number 0586074511
Hardback with dustjacket. First published in the UK in 1952 by "The Falcon Press Ltd.".
Peter Stainforth was born in 1921 and educated at Tonbridge School and Queens' College
Printed by "William Clowes And Sons Ltd.". No ISBN number. Written by Peter Stainforth.
Story of a small unit of the 1st Parachute Brigade during two years of action in Tunisia,
Sicily, Italy and finally Arnhem. The author was a Lieutenant with this unit.
Cambridge, where he obtained a wartime degree in Mechanical Sciences. He is the Nephew
of the late Wing Commander G. H. Stainforth, A.F.C., R.F.C., and was holder of the
World Speed Record in 1931.
During World War II he fought as a Royal Engineer paratrooper in Tunisia, Sicily,
Italy and Arnhem where, wounded for the second time, he became a prisoner of war.
As an unofficial War Artist, he had the distinction of having one of his pictures,
Flak and Silk, hung in the Chief of Staff's Room at the Cabinet Offices. His best-selling
book of his war experiences, Wings of the Wind, first published in 1952, ran
to three reprints.
In 1948 he married June Spink and, after the birth of their twin sons, John and Gordon,
in 1949, they moved to Knebworth in Hertfordshire.
For thirty years, from 1948, Peter worked as a Research and Development Engineer
with the Plastics Division of ICI, developing man-made fibres and designing full-scale
pvc factories in South Africa and Argentina.
June died tragically from cancer in 1966, and in 1970 Peter married Dorothy Snoxell,
a BBC TV Production Assistant.
Peter's main leisure activities include gardening, politics, history and the legend
of King Arthur. His extensive research into his own family's history received recognition
by a Grant of Arms in 1987.