Books: War in the Air

THE NAVIGATOR (177 pp.)—Jules Roy —Alfred Knopf ($3).

Afterwards—after the heart-stopping order, "Prepare to abandon aircraft!", after the shock of the opening chute and the jarring drop onto a British beet field —Lieut. Ripault, Free French navigator flying with the R.A.F., lost all contact with the war. He was the only survivor of a two-plane crackup and he hardly knew what had happened. "I'm not clear about anything," he told his squadron commander. At the moment, he did not care.

The truth was that Navigator Ripault had never cared about the war. He did...

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