What the RAF Airman Took to War

In this beautifully illustrated tribute to 'The Few', Bill Howard catalogues the objects which were essential to every wartime pilot, from the superstitious good-luck charm to the parachute on which his life might have depended and a wealth ...

What the RAF Airman Took to War

What the RAF Airman Took to War

Between July and October 1940, in what became known as the Battle of Britain, a nation held its breath while the pilots of the Royal Air Force battled Hitler's Luftwaffe in the skies above England. A huge number of airmen lost their lives in this hard-fought episode and in the four years of air campaigns that followed, and those who survived faced terrifying risks; as Prime Minister Winston Churchill put it, 'Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few'. In this beautifully illustrated tribute to 'The Few', Bill Howard catalogues the objects which were essential to every wartime pilot, from the superstitious good-luck charm to the parachute on which his life might have depended and a wealth of other poignant items relating to his day-to-day existence during the air war against the Nazis.

Home Run

Preventing this was a major preoccupation of the Germans-both sides new that it took too much time and expense to train pilots and aircrew. Home Run collects the dramatic stories of some of those who succeeded in evading their hunters.

Home Run

Home Run

Throughout the Second World War, the first duty of Allied airman brought down in enemy territory was to evade capture and make good their return to Britain. Preventing this was a major preoccupation of the Germans-both sides new that it took too much time and expense to train pilots and aircrew. Home Run collects the dramatic stories of some of those who succeeded in evading their hunters. They are stories of great courage and endurance, not only of the escapers, but also those who helped them; the penalty for those who hid, succoured and guided downed airman, if they were caught, was death. Inevitably, there were rotten apples among the helpers; one of the most fascinating pieces in this book tells of a British confidence trickster who, while he certainly helped some of the evaders on their way, equally certainly betrayed others- and many of his collogues- to the enemy. Here, too, is the engaging story of another confidence trickster, this time a Luftwaffe officer, who conned his way to freedom- and decoration by Adolf Hitler for deeds he had done. Richard Townshend Bicker's latest book is a very readable collection of accounts which, if we did not know them to be true, would be almost impossible to believe. It is also a tribute not only to the triumph of the human spirit over every kind of adversity, but also to the almost limitless extent of human ingenuity and daring.

Europa One Ebook In the Dark Valley Between the World Wars

This is a book about anti war poetry but North West of England Writers, Andy N (author of 'Return of Kemptown' and co author of 'A means to an End) and Nick Armbrister (author of various books) who have fused together a short collection of ...

Europa One Ebook     In the Dark Valley Between the World Wars

Europa One Ebook In the Dark Valley Between the World Wars

Ebook version with added poems to compliment the hard copy version. This is a book about anti war poetry but North West of England Writers, Andy N (author of 'Return of Kemptown' and co author of 'A means to an End) and Nick Armbrister (author of various books) who have fused together a short collection of poetry tackling the way war affects the ordinary man and woman. A follow up collection, Europa 2, will follow in 2017 with new work by both authors.

VERY BRITISH STANDARD

VERY BRITISH STANDARD

VERY BRITISH STANDARD


An Illustrated History of the Raf

From the early days of balloons and experimental flying machines, through two World Wars, and international incidents from the Cold War, the Falklands Campaign and beyond, this gigantic volume follows the development of the United Kingdom's ...

An Illustrated History of the Raf

An Illustrated History of the Raf

From the early days of balloons and experimental flying machines, through two World Wars, and international incidents from the Cold War, the Falklands Campaign and beyond, this gigantic volume follows the development of the United Kingdom's Royal Air Force right up to the present day. An immensely readable text -- written by a World War II RAF airman -- is accompanied by an expansive collection of more than 600 photographs in both black-and-white and color, many of which have never before been seen in print. The photography depicts all the legendary aircraft and campaigns of the RAF, and helps create an absorbing volume of essential and exciting reading for all historians and aviation enthusiasts alike. A fitting tribute to the many gallant airmen who offered, and so often gave, their lives for their country.

The RAF Air Sea Rescue Service in the Second World War

Walrus squadrons operated just as successfully in this theater as around Britain. Aircrew operating over any stretch of water could always count on the ASR boys coming to their aid. This is their story.

The RAF Air Sea Rescue Service in the Second World War

The RAF Air Sea Rescue Service in the Second World War

When the Second World War began in 1939 it was thought that it would be fought along the same lines as the First World War, with the Allied air forces operating from both Britain and France. With the fall of Britains Northern European Allies in May 1940, all that changed. From then onwards, RAF aircraft operating over enemy and enemy-held territory necessitated flights across both the North Sea and the English Channel.This meant that aircrew in difficulties would be forced to come down in both of these bodies of water. Therefore it was essential that some form of rescue service be made available to fish these airman from the water. But there were no aircraft in existence at that time that were designed for such a task: initially all that could be done was to use land planes to help locate anyone in the water, drop a dinghy to them, and then guide a boat to their position.Obviously a quicker and more reliable means of rescue was needed, and this came in the shape of the Supermarine Walrus, an amphibian airplane that could land on both sea and land. Several Flights of these airplanes were set up around the coast of Britain, concentrated mainly around the south and southeast of England. The Air Sea Rescue airmen did a magnificent job from 1941-45, rescuing hundreds of downed RAF and USAAF aircrew. It took a special type of airman to undertake these rescues and another kind of courage.As the war in North Africa developed, Walrus aircraft were needed in the Mediterranean, and later on either side of the Italian coast. Walrus squadrons operated just as successfully in this theater as around Britain. Aircrew operating over any stretch of water could always count on the ASR boys coming to their aid. This is their story.

War Dog

By the end of the war Robert and Ant had become very British war heroes, and Ant was justly awarded the Dickin Medal, the 'Animal VC'. Thrilling and deeply moving, their story will touch the heart of anyone who understands the bond that ...

War Dog

War Dog

In the winter of 1939 in the cold snow of no-man's-land, two loners met and began an extraordinary journey together, one that would bind them for the rest of their lives. One was an orphaned puppy, abandoned by his owners as they fled the approaching Nazi forces. The other, a lost soul of a different sort - a Czech airman, flying for the French Air Force but soon to be bound for the RAF and the country that he would call home. Airman Robert Bozdech stumbled across the tiny German Shepherd after being shot down during a daring mission over enemy lines. Unable to desert his charge, he hid the dog inside his flying jacket as he made his escape. In the months that followed the pair would save each other's lives countless times as they fled France and flew together with Bomber Command; the puppy - which Robert named Ant - becoming the Squadron mascot along the way. Wounded repeatedly in action, shot, facing crash-landings and parachute bailouts, Ant was eventually grounded due to injury. Even then he refused to abandon his duty, waiting patiently beside the runway for his master's return from every sortie. By the end of the war Robert and Ant had become very British war heroes, and Ant was justly awarded the Dickin Medal, the 'Animal VC'. Thrilling and deeply moving, their story will touch the heart of anyone who understands the bond that exists between one man and his dog.

Europa In The Dark Valley Between The World Wars

This is a book about anti war poetry but North West of England Writers, Andy N (author of 'Return of Kemptown' and co author of 'A means to an End) and Nick Armbrister (author of various books) who have fused together a short collection of ...

Europa   In The Dark Valley Between The World Wars

Europa In The Dark Valley Between The World Wars

This is a book about anti war poetry but North West of England Writers, Andy N (author of 'Return of Kemptown' and co author of 'A means to an End) and Nick Armbrister (author of various books) who have fused together a short collection of poetry tackling the way war affects the ordinary man.

Recollections of an Airman

Louis Arbon Strange was at the Royal Air Force’s Central Flying School when war broke out in 1914. He immediately reported to Royal Flying Corps headquarters and joined No. 5 Squadron.

Recollections of an Airman

Recollections of an Airman

This candid WWI memoir takes readers inside the cockpit with an RAF officer on the Western Front from the outbreak the Great War until its end in 1918. Louis Arbon Strange was at the Royal Air Force’s Central Flying School when war broke out in 1914. He immediately reported to Royal Flying Corps headquarters and joined No. 5 Squadron. Strange remained on active duty throughout the war, serving his country over the Western Front from August of that year until the enemy’s surrender. Strange transferred to No. 6 Squadron in 1915 and went on to form and command No. 23 Squadron. Due to illness, he did not accompany his squadron to France, but spent that time training others. He took charge of the Machine-Gun School at Hythe and other schools of aerial gunnery before returning to the Front. There he commanded the 23rd Wing and finally took command of the 80th Wing from June 1918 until the end of the war. As Strange chronicles his experiences, he provides unique insight into how and why the Allied airmen eventually prevailed.

Caribbean Volunteers at War

The Forgotten Story of the RAF's 'Tuskegee Airmen' Mark Johnson ... Born in 1917 and therefore 22-years-old when the war broke out, ... in the RAF. We took the ship (Strathallan) for twelve days, straight to Greenock (in Scotland).

Caribbean Volunteers at War

Caribbean Volunteers at War

“During the Second World War nearly 500 Black Caribbean volunteers served with the RAF . . . This valuable work looks at their experiences.”—HistoryOfWar The heroic exploits of the Caribbean men and women who volunteered their services to the Allied effort during the Second World War have, until now, passed by with little fanfare or attention. Indeed, whilst many people are aware of the contribution that the various Bomber Command units paid in securing ultimate victory, little is said or understood of the achievements and sacrifices of the heroic Caribbean volunteers who contributed to some of their greatest victories. Mark Johnson presents us here with an engrossing and humane account of the exploits of such individuals—including a great number of insights and fascinating details taken from conversations with his great-uncle, John Blair, who served a full tour with Bomber Command, earning a Distinguished Flying Cross. The book illuminates the day-to-day reality of life as a Caribbean volunteer during the Second World War and the kind of culture-clash experiences that characterized their wartime careers. An important book, offering a platform upon which to appreciate the true extent of the Caribbean contribution to the Allied war effort, the work offers a new slant on the popular Bomber Command theme; one that looks set to intrigue a number of readers yet to be acquainted with this facet of the unit’s history. “Entertaining and rewarding . . . it is high time we had more books like this one plugging the knowledge gap and setting a few things straight.”—War History Online

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