RAF Airfields of World War 2

Author: Jonathan Falconer

Publisher: Ian Allen Pub

ISBN: 9781857803495

Category: History

Page: 320

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RAF Airfields of World War 2 provides comprehensive coverage of the airfields, bases and squadrons of the RAF's three main frontline commands in Britain during World War 2 - Fighter, Bomber and Coastal Commands. The book is illustrated with more than 260 photographs and maps, making it a unique, single-volume illustrated work of reference.

World War II RAF Airfields in Norfolk

Author: Martin W. Bowman

Publisher: Pen & Sword

ISBN: 9781844155729

Category: History

Page: 169

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As part of the Aviation Heritage Trail series, this book covers airfields in Lincolnshire, Norfolk, Yorkshire and Northamptonshire. 12 Group was formed in 1937 within Fighter Command to become responsible for aerial defense of the industrial Midlands. During World War Two this group was the second most important fighter group and as such, it received it's fair share of attacks from the German Luftwaffe throughout the war. As well as regional defense, 12 Group were also supposed to fly cover for 11 Group airfields during the Battle of Britain. The airfields and other places of interest include Digby, Hibaldstow, Kirton on Lindsey, Coltishall, Matlask, Swanton Morley, Catterick, Church Fenton, Clifton, Hutton Cranswick and WitteringThis book looks at the history and personalities associated with each base, what remains today and explores the favorite local wartime haunts. Museums and places that are relevant will also be described and general directions on how to get them included.

Cheshire Airfields in the Second World War

Author: Aldon P. Ferguson

Publisher: Countryside Books (GB)

ISBN: 9781853069277

Category: History

Page: 256

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An account of Cheshire's airfields during the last war; the planes and pilots who flew them; and the local civilians who worked alongside them.

Bomber Command Airfields of Yorkshire

Author: Peter Jacobs

Publisher: Pen and Sword

ISBN: 1473870054

Category: History

Page: 240

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As part of the Aviation Heritage Trail series, the accomplished military author and former RAF Officer Peter Jacobs takes us to the county of Yorkshire and to its many bomber airfields of the Second World War. From the opening day of hostilities, RAF Bomber Command took the offensive to Nazi Germany and played a leading role in the liberation of Europe. Yorkshire’s airfields played a key part throughout, initially as home to the Whitley squadrons of No 4 Group and then to the four-engine Halifax heavy bombers; indeed, Bomber Command’s first night operation of the war was flown from one of the county’s many bomber airfields. Then, as the bombing offensive gathered pace, Yorkshire welcomed the new all-Canadian No 6 (RCAF) Group, after which all of Bomber Command’s major efforts during the hardest years of 1943/44 – against the Ruhr, Hamburg and Berlin – involved the Yorkshire-based squadrons. Most of Yorkshire’s wartime bomber airfields have long gone, but many have managed to retain the flying link with their wartime past. For example, the former RAF airfields of Finningley and Middleton St George, and the factory airfield of Yeadon, are now the sites of international airports, while Breighton, Burn, Full Sutton, Pocklington and Rufforth are still used for light aircraft flying or gliding and Elvington is home to the magnificent Yorkshire Air Museum. From airfields such as these came countless acts of personal courage and self-sacrifice, with two men being awarded the Victoria Cross, Britain’s highest award for gallantry. Stories of both men are included, as are tales of other personalities who brought these airfields to life. The stories of thirty-three airfields are told in total, with a brief history of each accompanied by details of how to find them and what remains of them today. Whatever your interest, be it aviation history or more local, the county of Yorkshire has rightly taken its place in the history of Bomber Command.

Der Zweite Weltkrieg

Author: Antony Beevor

Publisher: C. Bertelsmann Verlag

ISBN: 3641107903

Category: History

Page: 976

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Vor 75 Jahren, am 1. September 1939, begann der Zweite Weltkrieg Der Zweite Weltkrieg war der brutalste und folgenschwerste kriegerische Konflikt der Geschichte – mit einem bis dahin ungekannten Maß an Waffengewalt und millionenfachem Sterben bis hin zum Völkermord. Antony Beevor, angesehener britischer Historiker, entwirft ein globales Panorama, das die großen Zusammenhänge dieses Krieges ebenso transparent macht wie die herrschenden politisch-ideologischen Kräfte, das Ursachen und Folgen umfassend und in bisher einmaliger Prägnanz verdeutlicht. Er folgt von Norden nach Süden und von Osten nach Westen jenen Männern, die die Welt in die größte Schlacht der Menschheitsgeschichte getrieben haben. Und er verliert dabei nie jene aus den Augen, für die dieser monströse Krieg unermessliches Leid bedeutete. Auf der Basis aktueller Forschung, bestens recherchiert, empathisch erzählt, hat Beevor das Buch zum prägendsten Ereignis des 20. Jahrhunderts geschrieben.

RAF Bomber Command in Fact, Film and Fiction

Author: Jonathan Falconer

Publisher: Sutton Pub Limited

ISBN: N.A

Category: History

Page: 153

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A record of much that has been filmed, written or sound-recorded in English between 1939 and 1995 on the subject of RAF Bomber Command's offensive against Nazi Germany, which remains highly controversial. Includes an index for cross-referencing purposes.

The Royal Air Force - Volume 2

An Encyclopedia of the Inter-War Years 1930-1939

Author: Ian Philpott

Publisher: Pen and Sword

ISBN: 1844153916

Category: History

Page: 500

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Volume II of this mammoth reference work covers the years in which the League of Nations failed because of the emerging dictatorships in Germany and Italy and the expansionist policies adopted by Japan. Britain was still reeling from the consequences of World War I and the RAF was sadly far behind the other major world powers in aircraft design, still relying on bi-planes that were direct descendants of World War I thinking. It gradually became apparent that, despite UK government dithering, the RAF needed to develop new aircraft, engines and increase production to confront the bully-boy tactics of the Axis powers. As the turn of the decade approached extraordinary measures were taken to enable RAF to defend Britain's skies and this her freedom. As with Volume 1, this book covers every conceivable part of the RAF's history through these pre-War days. It looks at the development and invention of new equipment such as radar, monoplane fighters, metal construction and the heavy bomber. This was an era when science in aviation was rushing ahead and fortunately for Britain's freedom, it laid the foundations of victory in 1.945

100 Group (Bomber Support)

RAF Bomber Command in World War II

Author: Martin W. Bowman

Publisher: Casemate Publishers

ISBN: 1844154181

Category: Air bases

Page: 144

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Beretter om de flyvepladser, andre lokaliteter og personer, der under 2. verdenskrig var relateret til "100 Group (Bomber Support)" under Royal Air Force. Opgaven for 100 Group var at yde støtte til bombeoperationerne ved hjælp af elektronisk krigsførelse, såvel offensivt som defensivt.

The Royal Air Force in Texas

Training British Pilots in Terrell During World War II

Author: Tom Killebrew

Publisher: University of North Texas Press

ISBN: 1574411691

Category: History

Page: 182

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With the outbreak of World War II, British RAF officials sought to train aircrews outside of England, safe from enemy attack and poor weather. In the USA, six civilian flight schools dedicated themselves to instructing RAF pilots. Tom Killebrew explores the history of the Terrell Aviation School.

Low Level from Swanton

The History of RAF Swanton Morley Airfield from World War Two to the Present Day

Author: Martin W. Bowman

Publisher: Crecy Pub

ISBN: 9781871187298

Category: History

Page: 260

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The story of Swanton Morley during its fifty-five years as a Royal Air Force station.

Airfields of the D-Day Invasion Air Force

2nd Tactical Air Force in South-East England in WWII

Author: Peter Jacobs

Publisher: Pen and Sword

ISBN: 1473811775

Category: History

Page: 224

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As part of the Aviation Heritage Trail series, the airfields and interest in this book are concentrated in a particular area - in this case Kent, Surrey, East Sussex, Essex and Greater London. The South east of England emerged from six years of war with a rich diversity of RAF bomber and fighter airfields used by the 2nd Tactical Air Force, both before and after the D-Day landings. Much of this proud legacy is now threatening to disappear. However, the tourist can combine visits to an abundance of disused and active airfields, country houses and museums with countless attractions, imaginative locations and broadland and coastal hideaways that have no equal. The airfields and other places of interest include Northolt, Manston, Sculthorp, Dunsfold, Swanton Morley, Hunsdon, Gravesend, Detling, Biggin Hill, Kenley, Redhill, Gatwick, Heston, Hornchurch, Chailey, Coolham, Horne, West Malling and Newchurch. This book looks at the history and personalities associated with each base, what remains today and explores the favourite local wartime haunts where aircrew and ground crew would have sought well-deserved entertainment and relaxation. Other museums and places that are relevant will also be described and general directions on how to get them included.

Scottish Airfields in the Second World War

Vol 3: the Grampians

Author: Martyn Chorlton

Publisher: Countryside Books (GB)

ISBN: 9781846741692

Category: History

Page: 160

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The contribtution of Scotland's airfields during the Second World War is sometimes underestimated, or even overlooked completely. Certainly, the aircraft that flew from the thirteen Grampians airfields of Banff, Dallachy, Dallachy, Dyce, East Fingask, Elgin, Fordoun, Forres, Fraserburgh, Kinloss, Lossiemouth, Milltown, Peterhead and Rattray were of crucial importance, keeping the North Sea open to allied ships, and taking the fight to the enemy. Kinloss and Lossiemouth became active in early 1939 and after the outbreak of war they both concentrated on training hundreds of crews for Humber Command. The Strike Wing Mosquitos and Beaufighters from Banff and Dallachy roamed the Norwegian coast in the hunt for enemy merchant vessels and airfields. While the fighters from Peterhead provided a valuable escort and the Warwicks from Fraserburgh provided Air-Sea Rescue support. During the early months of 1942 several bomber operations were organised in an attempt to sink the German battleship Tirpitz, hiding out in a Norwegian fjord. On 12th November a force of 30 Lancasters took off from Lossiemouth, Kinloss and Milltown each carrying 'Tallboy' bombs. The Tirpitz was eventually sunk in late 1944 when she was hit by at least two bombs, one managing to blow up her magazine. All the airfields covered in this volume are either still in use or have substantial remains. Kinloss and Lossiemouth dominate the RAF presence in the area while Dyce has developed into one of Scotland's busiest airports. A Ministry of Defence presence at Milltown and Rattray has ensured a good level of preservation and even those airfields that were abandoned after the war still retain traces of their past. Martyn Chorlton's thoroughly researched and action-packed book describes the history of these airfields, highlights the work carried out from them and describes their overall effect on the war. It will appeal equally to aviation enthusiasts and to readers who recall the era when Scottish skies throbbed with the drone of departing and returning aircraft.

World War II

The Essential Reference Guide

Author: Priscilla Mary Roberts

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 1610691016

Category: History

Page: 411

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In this book an internationally renowned team of historians provides comprehensive coverage of all major campaigns and theaters of World War II, synthesizing the tremendous breadth and depth of source materials on this global conflict. It includes primary-source documents created by both famous leaders and average citizens. * Introductory essays examine the causes, course, and consequences of the war * A bibliography includes recently published books as well as movies and electronic media * A comprehensive chronology clarifies the order of historical events

Ghost Fields of East Anglia

Capturing Fading Memories of the Aerial War 1942-45

Author: Martin W. Bowman

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781841146539

Category: Air bases

Page: 144

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From the author of the highly successful book,Echoes of East Anglia, comes this new volumecontaining even more fascinating pictures ofwartime East Anglia. In Ghost Fields MartinBowman takes the reader on a visual tour of thesurviving SecondWorldWar airfields, exploringthrough photographs, and the stories of those whowere there, these long-abandoned bases.Alongside rare images of wall art (much of whichhas now been lost forever but for the author¿swork in capturing it on camera), are aerial photographsof the airfields themselves, and on theground the ivy-clad ruins of all that remains.Martin Bowman is among the best-known aircraftphotographers in the country. The photographs inthis new book will fascinate many thousands whovisit the area each year in search of this aspect ofour military heritage. This book honours thosewho briefly made East Anglia their home and is afitting tribute to their comradeship and bravery.

Constant Vigilance

The RAF Regiment in the Burma Campaign

Author: Nigel Warwick

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 1783402806

Category: History

Page: 256

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The RAF Regiment was created in the early years of World War II for the active dedicated defense of RAF airfields and installations. This book concerns the Regiments operational history in South-east Asia Command and draws on the diaries and recollections of the men who served in that theatre. It is strongly supported by maps and diagrams from official records. The Regiment played a vital and significant role in the two major battles for Burma, Imphal and Meiktila. The struggle at Imphal ranks alongside Stalingrad and Alamein in its significance for the defeat of the Axis. From humble beginnings, the Regiment in Burma had by 1945 become a highly-trained specialist ground force capable of defensive and offensive action. The successes of the 14th Army were founded on the support of the transport, fighter and bomber squadrons. The RAF could not have done this as effectively without the confidence that its airfields and vital installations were safe under the constant vigilance of the RAF Regiment.