RAF Airfields of World War 2

Author: Jonathan Falconer

Publisher: Ian Allen Pub

ISBN: 9781857803495

Category: History

Page: 320

View: 6569


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.

Lincolnshire Airfields in the Second World War

Author: Patrick Otter

Publisher: Countryside Books (GB)

ISBN: 9781853064241

Category: History

Page: 288

View: 8385


At the height of the Second World War, Lincolnshire had no fewer than 46 operational airfields, all but nine built since 1939.The build up of the RAF air offensive after 1940 and the arrival of squadrons from America, Australia, Canada and Poland, meant that by early in 1945 in Lincolnshire alone, there were several thousand aircraft and 80,000 personnel.In this book, each airfield is described and details of its wartime function given. Also highlighted are the many and varied aircraft that comprised the operational units. Numbered among them are the Lancaster, Manchester, Hampden, Wellington, Hurricane, Spitfire and Beaufighter. Fully illustrated.

Haunted Second World War Airfields - Southern England

Author: Christopher Huff

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781781550977

Category: History

Page: 352

View: 6015


For 15 years, the author has been studying RAF airfields and the paranormal that have been reported from over 250 haunted RAF airfields in the UK. Volume One covers Southern England including Avon, Bedfordshire, Cornwall, Devon, Gloucestershire, London, Somerset, Surrey and Sussex. Each airfield has a description of events, the squadrons which were based there and the ghostly accounts associated.

British Airfield Buildings

Author: Graham Buchan Innes

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781857801019

Category: Air bases

Page: 128

View: 1816


Primarily focuses on the period 1935-39, but also includes some First World War and post First World War buildings, as well as some wartime temporary designs for comparison. Buildings include hangars, barrack blocks, maintenance buildings, guardhouses, mess buildings and latrines.

Constant Vigilance

The RAF Regiment in the Burma Campaign

Author: Nigel Warwick

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 1783402806

Category: History

Page: 256

View: 7275


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.

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

View: 8594


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.

RAF Wings Over Florida

Memories of World War II British Air Cadets

Author: Willard Largent

Publisher: Purdue University Press

ISBN: 9781557532039

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 258

View: 3722


"In their own words, British pilots tell of their Florida experiences. Many of them still in their late teens, away from home the first time, pale and thin from years of rationing, these young men encountered immense challenges and overwhelming generosity during their training in Florida. Now retired, these former pilots still smell the scent of orange blossoms when they glance through the log books they kept while flying their Stearmans and Harvards over Florida citrus groves. They fondly remember the times when they buzzed over the homes of their Florida "families" to let them know to expect them for Sunday dinner. More than fifty years later, their stories still resonate with universal emotions: fear of failure, love of country, camaraderie, romantic love, and the pain of tragic deaths. Their stories also remind the American reader of a unique time in our history, when, poised on the brink of war, the United States reached out to help a country in distress."--BOOK JACKET.

Suffolk Airfields in the Second World War

Author: Graham Smith

Publisher: Countryside Books (GB)

ISBN: 9781853063428

Category: History

Page: 288

View: 9009


A full account of the part played by Suffolk's airfields during the Second World War. The history of each airfield is described with the squadrons and aircraft based at them and the main operations flown. The effects of the war on the daily lives of civilians, and the constant dangers from raids and night bombing are also detailed. Fully illustrated.

Yorkshire Airfields in the Second World War

Author: Patrick Otter

Publisher: Countryside Books (GB)

ISBN: 9781853065422

Category: History

Page: 319

View: 4442


A full account of the part played by Yorkshire's airfields during the Second World War. The history of each airfield is described with the squadrons and aircraft based at them and the main operations flown. The effects of the war on the daily lives of civilians, and the constant dangers from raids and night bombing are also detailed.

Bomber Command Airfields of Yorkshire

Author: Peter Jacobs

Publisher: Pen and Sword

ISBN: 1473870054

Category: History

Page: 240

View: 7974


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.

So Far From Home

Royal Air Force and Free French Air Force Flight Training at Maxwell and Gunter Fields during World War II

Author: Robert B. Kane

Publisher: NewSouth Books

ISBN: 1603063692

Category: History

Page: 152

View: 6596


During World War II, the US Army Air Forces (AAF) trained over 21,000 aircrew members from 29 Allied countries. The two largest programs, 79 percent of those trained, were for Britain and France. The Royal Air Force (RAF), fully engaged against the German Air Force by December 1940, was not able to train new aircrews. The British government asked the United States to train new pilots until it could get its own flight training program underway. Lieutenant General Henry "Hap" Arnold, chief of the Army Air Corps, authorized the training of RAF pilots at select airfields in the southeast United States, including at Maxwell and Gunter fields near Montgomery, Alabama. Between June 1941 and February 1943, when the RAF terminated what became known as the Arnold Plan, 4,300 of more than 7,800 RAF cadets sent to the United States completed the three-phase AAF flight training program. Within three months, some of the same schools, including the phase 2 school at Gunter Field, began training Free French Air Force flight cadets. By November 1945, when the US government terminated the French training program, 2,100 French flight cadets out of the 4,100 who came to the United States had received their wings. This book tells for the first time the story of the RAF and Free French flight training programs in central Alabama, covering the origins, the issues, and the problems that occurred during the training programs, and the results and lessons learned.

Two Roads to War

The French and British Air Arms from Versailles to Dunkirk

Author: Robin Higham

Publisher: Naval Institute Press

ISBN: 161251085X

Category: History

Page: 448

View: 746


Two Roads to 1940 is a comparative study of the French and British air arms, from 1918 to 10 May 1940. Higham seeks the answer to the question “Why was the Armée de l’Air defeated in June 1940 whereas the Royal Air Force won the Battle Over Britain in September?” To reach a conclusion, the structure, the men and matériel, the government, and the economic infrastructure were analyzed. The story reveals that the French, dominated by the Armée de l’Terre, was hypnotized by “1918”; in contrast, the independent RAF evolved in the interwar years into a sophisticated, scientifically based force, which got the Air Defence of Great Britain (1924-1936) ready, was supported by government practices and consistency, as well as the necessary technical support for Fighter Command (1936-). Thus in 1940 the RAF could meet the Luftwaffe challenge. But the RAF also suffered from three major errors; no Air Officer Commander-in-Chief to control all the air commands, the almost fatal miscalculations of the power of Bomber Command, and the Army Ordnance’s refusal to develop the .50-caliber machine-gun instead of the .303. Serious historians and buffs should find the story salutary, as well as a detailed explanation of why air forces fail

Essex Airfields in the Second World War

Author: Graham Smith

Publisher: Countryside Books (GB)

ISBN: 9781853064050

Category: History

Page: 287

View: 1594


A full account of the part played by Essex airfields during the Second World War. The history of each airfield is described with the squadrons and aircraft based at them and the main operations flown. The effects of the war on the daily lives of civilians and the constant dangers from raids and night bombing are also detailed. Fully illustrated.

The Greatcoat

A Ghost Story

Author: Helen Dunmore

Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.

ISBN: 0802193846

Category: Fiction

Page: 208

View: 5672


The love affair between a neglected wife and a mysterious soldier is “a perfect ghost story” from the acclaimed author of The Siege and The Betrayal (The Independent). In the winter of 1952, Isabel Carey moves to the East Riding of Yorkshire with her new husband, Philip, a doctor. While he spends long hours on call, Isabel finds herself lonely and vulnerable, trying to adjust to the realities of being a country housewife. One evening, Isabel is woken by intense cold. Hunting for extra blankets, she discovers an old Royal Air Force greatcoat hidden in the back of a cupboard. Sleeping under the coat for warmth, she starts to dream and is soon startled by a knock at her window—where a young RAF pilot stands outside, wearing that same coat. His powerful presence both disturbs and excites Isabel. And soon, their unexpected connection sparks an affair that will change them both irreparably. “Written in crisp, enthralling prose,” The Greatcoat is an atmospheric tale of love and war that blurs the line between the real and the imaginary (The New Yorker). “Dunmore’s gift, familiar from The Siege and The Betrayal, is to use a finely drawn domestic setting to show the great events of European history on a human scale. She doesn’t need ‘horror’ to spook her readers; our past is bad enough.” —The Guardian “The most elegant flesh-creeper since The Woman in Black.” —The Times (London) “The sense of déjà vu surrounding the story makes it all the more chilling . . . Tense and engaging.” —The New Yorker

Forgotten Airfields of World War I

Author: Martyn Chorlton

Publisher: Crecy Pub

ISBN: 9780859791816

Category: History

Page: 224

View: 1107


Organized by county using OS map references each of the decommissioned airfields of World War I are examined and provides details on period of use, units and current purpose including remaining remnants of the period.

Heroes of Bomber Command


Author: Rupert Matthews

Publisher: Countryside Books (GB)

ISBN: 9781853069444

Category: History

Page: 192

View: 6614


At the outbreak of the Second World War in September 1939, such was the build-up of men and materials in the RAF that Lincolnshire was already known as 'Bomber Country'. Its four main airfields - Hemswell, Scampton, Waddington and Cottesmore - were home to eight squadrons of Bomber Command under the legendary Arthur 'Bomber' Harris. Night after night the skies of Lincolnshire reverberated with the sound of aircraft taking off and landing. For the aircrews the missions were very dangerous and physically exhausting. The chances of surviving a full tour of 30 operations were only 50/50, less in the first five sorties while aircrews gained valuable experience. Their targets were roads, railways, bridges, harbours, dams, factories and oil installations. Many medals were won - some of them posthumously. On the Dambusters Raid alone, 36 were awarded; a VC for the leader Guy Gibson, five DSOs, 14 DFCs, 12 DFMs and three Conspicuous Gallantry Medals. In this well researched and excellently written book, Rupert Matthews - himself the son of a Bomber Command sergeant who fought in the Second World War - describes many of the operations in detail and tells the story of courageous individuals who, despite the odds, flew mission after mission - heroes every one of them.

RAF Acklington

Guardian of the Northern Skies

Author: Malcolm Fife

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781781556221

Category: Air bases

Page: 288

View: 3686


At the beginning of the Second World War, RAF Acklington was the most important fighter station in northeast England. It started life in 1938 as a training base for RAF aircrew, but after the outbreak of hostilities it was given the role of protecting the skies over Newcastle and its important industrial hinterland. Acklinton's Spitfires and Hurricanes were soon in action against German bombers, as many of the earliest air raids of the war took place over this part of Britain. Due to the importance of this region, with its major ports and industries, it continued to attract the attention of enemy bombers long after the Battle of Britain had been won. By late 1940, most of the attacks took place after dark and RAF Acklington became the host for night fighter squadrons. Unlike many military airfields, it did not close when hostilities ceased, reverting first to its training role, and then becoming the base for fighter aircraft, before closing in the early 1970s.