A book of short stories about the R.A.F. by a young pilot who died in action last August, a writer of signal promise who, like de Saint Exupery, goes beyond the external experience of flight to convey it in terms of life. In clean, spare, tense prose, he has caught all the loneliness, the terror, the beauty and the exhilaration of the sky. The short stories, built around personal experiences and actual events, are varied; the world war flier --now a has-been; the youngster with a broken back; a test flight; a record long distance; etc., etc. Throughout the significance of life and death, heightened by the author's awareness of the latter, gives intensity to his work. Short stories are hard to sell, and the abundance of autobiographical R.A.F. accounts adds another hurdle -- but these are nice reading.