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What The Raf Airman Took To War

Author: Bill Howard
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 1784420786
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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.

The British Airman Of The Second World War

Author: Stuart Hadaway
Publisher: Shire Publications
ISBN: 9780747812227
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This title will provide an introduction to the extraordinary range of conditions and challenges experienced by British airmen during the Second World War. The airman of the Royal Air Force served in every corner of the globe during this conflict, operating over oceans and deserts, jungles and cities. Rather than take the usual route of defining operations and crews by the types of aircraft used, the author examines what it meant for the young men who had to fly those aircraft and undertake those operations, and what their lives were like on the ground. The knowledge needed and tasks performed by them differed immensely - even within the same aircraft, the skill-sets of each member of the crew could differ to the extent of incomprehensibility to the others. All were vital. Each airman had his own view of the war, both in the air and on the ground. Personal testimony will provide insight into the experiences of those who served.

The Hebrides At War

Author: Mike Hughes
Publisher: Canongate Books
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The story of Oban and the Hebrides in World War 2 has remained largely untold. Yet it was in the Atlantic that Britain came closest to defeat as U-Boat Wolf Packs hunted down and destroyed the convoys which were Britain's first line to survival.

The Royal Air Force Volume 2

Author: Ian Philpott
Publisher: Pen and Sword
ISBN: 1844153916
Size: 68.43 MB
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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

International Warbirds

Author: John C. Fredriksen
Publisher: ABC-CLIO
ISBN: 1576073645
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Covering the aircraft of 21 nations, this book offers illustrated portraits of 330 of the best-known and most significant military aircraft in history, from the canvas-covered biplanes of World War I to the technological marvels of today, and includes technical data and aviation lore.

Who Was Who

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Vols. 1897-1916 published in 1920, which included obituaries of those who died up to Sept. 15, 1915; reissued in 1929 with title page 1897-1915 and included addenda giving details of additional deaths 1897 to the end of 1915 which had not previously come to the attention of the editor.