Heroes Of Coastal Command

Author: Andrew D. Bird
Editor: Pen and Sword
ISBN: 1526710714
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In Heroes of Coastal Command, Andrew Bird examines the maritime war between 1939 and 1945, interweaving accounts of events of the period with personal stories of individuals caught up in them. Through interviews, letters, diaries and reports, all combined with his own research, the author looks afresh at the maritime conflict, reassessing long-held views of the Cinderella Service’s defensive and offensive capabilities through the eyes of ordinary individuals battling for survival above the oceans against flak gun, enemy aircraft and weather as the stakes rose higher and the number of casualties become catastrophic. Heroes of Coastal Command makes the reader think again about the RAF’s maritime arm, Coastal Command, which was established in 1936. Throughout the war, its crews worked tirelessly alongside the Royal Navy to keep Britain’s vital sea lanes open. Together, they fought and won the Battle of the Atlantic, with RAF aircraft destroying 212 German U-Boats and sinking a significant tonnage of enemy warships and merchant vessels. Often working alone and unsupported, undertaking long patrols out over opens seas, Coastal Command bred a special kind of airman. This includes individuals such Lloyd Trigg, who was awarded the Victoria Cross; Roger Moorwood, a Blenheim pilot who flew in the Battle of France; Jack Davenport, who flew his Hampden; John Watson, the sole survivor of a Short Sunderland which was lost during a rescue mission; Maurice Guedj, a Frenchman who escaped from Morocco to join the Free French Air Force; Sam McHardy, who for a short while became a Coastal Command ground coordinator posted aboard a Royal Navy destroyer for a raid on Norway; and Ken Gatward, who flew a unique daylight mission over Paris to drop a Tricolore on the Arc de Triomphe. These are just some of the fabulous stories, full of daring and breath-taking courage, and individuals explored in this book.
Heroes of Coastal Command
Language: en
Pages: 296
Authors: Andrew D. Bird
Categories: History
Type: BOOK - Published: 2019-09-30 - Publisher: Pen and Sword

In Heroes of Coastal Command, Andrew Bird examines the maritime war between 1939 and 1945, interweaving accounts of events of the period with personal stories of individuals caught up in them. Through interviews, letters, diaries and reports, all combined with his own research, the author looks afresh at the maritime
Heroes of Coastal Command
Language: en
Pages: 256
Authors: Andrew D. Bird
Categories: History
Type: BOOK - Published: 2018-02 - Publisher:

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Stations Of Coastal Command
Language: en
Pages: 280
Authors: David Smith
Categories: History
Type: BOOK - Published: 2016-02-28 - Publisher: After the Battle

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Ireland's Aviator Heroes of World War II
Language: en
Pages: 288
Authors: John C. Hewitt
Categories: History
Type: BOOK - Published: 2016-04-08 - Publisher: Mercier Press Ltd

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Heroes and Landmarks of British Aviation
Language: en
Pages: 256
Authors: Richard Edwards, Peter J. Edwards
Categories: History
Type: BOOK - Published: 2012-10-24 - Publisher: Casemate Publishers

Heroes and Landmarks of British Aviation tells the dramatic story of a world leading aviation industry, from the sweat and grease of the workshop, to the board rooms and government nationalisations that ultimately fashioned its destiny.The heroes are Britains most innovative aviation pioneers and their aircraft, the men and women