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    I have been on this board asking questions on Wapitis for the past couple of years. I finally can share some news as I am on the verge of completion of this project. I have been working very seriously on the Wapiti's service with Indian units over the past nine months.

    Along the way I have received encouragement and support from various sources - members of this board, Researchers of Air-Britain including Mr Halley, the RAF Museum with their From 1180s, the IWM and the National Archives (Hat tip to Bruce Denis for his help in getting me material related to this project).

    This book traces the history of the aircraft's service with the IAF - the operations it took part. The book provides an individual airframe history of each example that flew with the Indian pilots, provides photographs where available. A roster of aircrew who flew the aircraft will be provided and several appendices of useful data on Wapiti are provided. I believe that once it is out It will feature over 120 photographs - of aircraft, aircrew, documents. A significant portion of these are previously unpublished or seen. Planned Illustrations include Squadron and Unit Badges, Colour profiles and a Cutaway.

    Even as the final changes to the manuscript is made, I would welcome contributions from families of Indian and RAF aircrew who may have served with the Wapiti while in Indian service with Indian Units. These contributions can take the form of written or oral memories, of photographs, or documents like logbooks or technical documents from that era.

    All contributions will be acknowledged in the book when it is out..

    More details here:
    http://www.bharat-rakshak.com/IAF/Books/Projects/1108-Wapiti-IAF.html
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    Specifically I would welcome photographs related to the following numbers

    J9401
    J9483
    J9486
    J9496
    J9499
    J9633
    J9710
    J9711
    J9716
    J9722
    J9723
    J9731
    J9733
    J9735
    J9738
    J9740
    J9742
    J9744
    J9751
    J9754
    J9755
    J9757
    J9759
    J9854

    K1126
    K1254
    K1257
    K1258
    K1260
    K1261
    K1263
    K1266
    K1269
    K1270
    K1271
    K1273
    K1274
    K1275
    K1279
    K1286
    K1287
    K1288
    K1289
    K1290
    K1291
    K1297
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    K1300
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    K1309
    K1389
    K1394
    K1403
    K2275
    K2276
    K2277
    K2289
    K2290
    K2294
    K2303
    K2304

    If you have photographs in your collection that shows any of the previous aircraft, It would be great to get a look.

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    I am pleased to note that my book has been released yesterday in New Delhi, India. Here is a shot of the cover:



    The first ever book solely devoted to the Westland Wapiti was released yesterday – September 8th at the United Services Institute in India. “The Westland Wapiti in the Indian Air Force : A Complete History (1933-1943)” covers the history of this Army-Cooperation biplane in the IAF. The Indian Air Force was raised on the Wapiti and operated it for nearly ten years.Sponsored by the United Services Institute of India, the book is authored by Jagan Pillarisetti.
    The book provides a technical overview, including colour profiles and cutaways of both the aircraft and plan drawings of the engines. Squadron and Unit histories, and Individual Aircraft Histories follow. Finally the sole survivor in the IAF Museum in Delhi is examined in detail.
    Appendices including the roll of honour, production details, philately and collectibles rounds up this book

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    Hi Jagan

    How does someone buy your book?

    Thanks for fixing the home page by the way.

    Steve

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    Hi Steve,

    Working on the channels for UK. A few may appear on Amazon in a matter of days. Right now its available only in India via www.usiofindia.org (the Organisation that sponsored the project). Aviation Bookshop in UK may stock a few soon. Do watch this space.

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    The book is now available through :

    THE AVIATION BOOKSHOP
    31-33 VALE ROAD
    TUNBRIDGE WELLS
    KENT
    TN1 1BS
    ENGLAND
    PHONE: 01892 539284
    EMAIL : info @ aviation-bookshop . com


    Price: 26.99 GBP + 5 GBP PP within UK.. Overseas please call.

    As per them "Stock is very limited so please email or call to reserve your copy"

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    Hi Jagan

    I am pleased to have bought a copy of your Wapiti book from Aviation Bookshop and I am very pleased with my purchase. The book is very nicely produced and looks and feels to me like a "labour of love". It provides very full coverage of another small corner of RIAF (and RAF) history. I can't claim to be an expert in the history of the RIAF or of the Wapiti so I found all the various RIAF unit histories especially helpful and your potted biographies on each Wapiti airframe both entertaining and very helpful in fleshing out the background detail on the type and the units to which they were allocated.

    Well done

    Steve

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    Steve, Thanks for the kind feedback

    As you may have read, I received a lot of support from the UK aviation historian fraternity and organisations including this forum. So I have been lucky! Else it would never have reached the state it did.

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    A couple of reviews in UK Publications

    Air Britain


    Aeroplane Monthly


    United Services Institute - New Delhi
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