He continues with characteristic ease, quality of research, and narrative pace, to present us with an operational record of the groups activities during a particularly dramatic period of aviation history.The book contains individual ...
Author: Chris Ward
Publisher: Pen and Sword
During the period immediately before the Second World War, the RAF modified its command structure to rationalize for rapid expansion. Bomber Command was divided into six operational groups, each flying the same type of aircraft, including Wellingtons, Sterlings, and Lancasters. Chris Ward presents us here with the history of 1 Group Bomber Command, having previously acquainted us with the histories of 3, 4, 5, and 6 Groups in four highly acclaimed volumes, published by Pen & Sword. He continues with characteristic ease, quality of research, and narrative pace, to present us with an operational record of the groups activities during a particularly dramatic period of aviation history.The book contains individual squadron statistics, their commanding officers, stations and aircraft losses. It provides an exhaustive reference for one of the RAF's most important operational groups.
... 5 Bomber Command appendices to 205 with intelligence reports , February –
May 1943 579 Fighter Command Operations 36 2 Group Operations Record
Book 52 , 693 Group Operations Record Book 93 , 101 4 Group Operations
Author: John Sweetman
Publisher: Jones & Bartlett Publishers
Omhandler Royal Air Force angreb i 1943 på dæmninger i den vestlige del af Tyskland som et led i ødelæggelsen af den tyske industri, specielt våbenindustri. Bogen beskriver udviklingen af de våben som skulle anvendes, teknik, taktik samt planlægning af angrebene, samt effekten af disse. Operation CHASTISE blev gennemført af 617 Squadron, Royal Air Force (RAF).- Dam Busters; Möhne Dam; Scorpe Dam; Eder Dam
4 . 3 . 1 Commands As commands were the highest link in the administrative
chain of command in the sole hands of the RAF , they kept separate records
rather than just Operational Record Books ( ORBs ) . ... 4 . 3 . 2 Groups The ORBs
of RAF groups are in AIR 25 . These records are arranged numerically by number
of the group , and the type of group , be it a fighter or bomber group , for example
, is ...
Author: William Spencer
Publisher: A&C Black Business Information and Development
Explains how to use the wealth of availrecords to trace the careers of both officers and other ranks.
36 See , for example , David Irving , The Destruction of Dresden ( London , 1963 )
, p . 138 , where it is ... See also AHB , Analysis of RAF Bomber Command attacks
on ' Town Area ' Targets , Feb. ... 1 Group Operations Record Book . 43 AHB ...
Author: Paul Addison
Publisher: Ivan R Dee
Firestorm assembles a cast of distinguished scholars to review the origins, conduct, and consequences of the World War II U.S. and British raids on Dresden. Here is a panoramic reassessment of the evidence and the issues, including the question of whether the bombing of the city constitutes a war crime. Firestorm cogently demonstrates the reasons why Dresden has come to symbolize the military and ethical questions involved in the waging of total war.
AIR 2 AIR 4 AIR 6 AIR 8 AIR 9 AIR 10 AIR 13 AIR 14 AIR 15 AIR 16 Air Ministry ,
Registered Files Files of registered correspondence ... Director of Plans Contains
strategic and operational planning records , and includes operations record
books of the Directorate of Plans . ... tactics , crews , equipment , etc The class
also includes certain records of Groups , squadrons and RAF stations in the
Author: John D. Cantwell
Publisher: Stationery Office/Tso
The vast amount of World War II material to be found in the Public Record Office, particularly among the records of the Cabinet Office, the Foreign Office and the three Service Departments, is analyzed. The text describes the classes of the records and places them in their administrative context.
When completing research into a particular incident it may be necessary to
consult the Command papers for certain details . ... The Operational Record
Books in AIR 24 cover not only the obvious commands such as Bomber , Fighter
and Coastal Command , but also ... These records are arranged numerically by
number of the group , and the type of group , be it a fighter or bomber group , for
example , is ...
Author: William Spencer
Publisher: A&C Black Business Information and Development
Concerns researching Air Force records of Great Britain.
Hugh Soar. 16 APPENDIX ONE OPERATIONS RECORDS No. 4 GROUP (RAF)
BOMBER COMMAND. who worked in the MT Section at Leeming during the
same three years. As one of the rear party responsible for closing down the
Author: Hugh Soar
Publisher: Pen and Sword
The arrow, essentially a specialized spear, is among the most ancient human inventions and can be found in cultures throughout the world. The need to launch a projectile farther and with greater accuracy than is possible with the human arm gave rise to a variety of solutions. Spearthrowers which extend the length of the users arm and therefore transfer greater power to the projectile were developed far back in prehistory, and both the American Indian atlatl and the Australian woomera are examples of this technology. Blowpipes, too, are recorded in various cultures and represent another ancient technology. It was soon discovered that a stringed bow could launch a small spear-like projectile we now know as the arrow, and this combination became the dominant method for shooting projectiles for tens of thousands of years. A wonderfully simple device, the arrow and bow revolutionized both hunting and warfare, not only because of the speed, force, and accuracy that could be achieved, but by the fact that the arrow makes almost no sound as it flies toward its target, providing an essential element of surprise. In The Arrow: A Brief History, Hugh D. H. Soar describes the transition from hand-thrown spear to bow-launched arrow and then follows the arrows developments in cultures around the world and across time. The book describes arrows found in Neolithic sites; those used by North and South American Indiansincluding a detailed discussion of poison- tipped arrows; arrows used in China, Japan, and Mongolia; and finally the arrow in Europe, where it was successfully paired with the longbow during the Middle Ages. The author completes his survey with the changes in technology introduced during the twentieth century though the use of aluminum and other light-weight metals as well as synthetic materials to construct parts of the arrow. Relying on his considerable knowledge accumulated through decades of research, the author provides the reader with an appreciation for a humble device that, coupled with the bow, changed the history of the world.
... Martin, and Chris Everitt, The Bomber Command War Diaries, Viking 1985
Saward, Group Captain Dudley, 'Bomber' Harris, Cassell ... History of RAF
Stradishall Primary Sources The Operational Record Books, lodged in the Public
Records Office, Kew, of the following ... OTU Number 3 Group, Bomber
Command Number 214 Squadron Number 21 OTU Number 2 FIS SFTS Cranwell
Number 4 Group, ...
Author: Christopher Jary
Publisher: Casemate Publishers
During the Second World War RAF Bomber Command produced a handful of remarkable pilots who won fame and high honors: Gibson, Cheshire, Martin, Tait, and Searby. The majority of aircrew, however, were young sergeants, many of whom did not survive to complete a first tour of thirty operations. Between the two extremes, there were, on every squadron, one or two senior captains who had survived one tour and whose experience, skill, courage, and example made a vital contribution to their squadron's life, training and operational success. This book is about one such captain, Flight Lieutenant Jack Wetherly, DFC. It traces his development from novice second pilot of a Wellington in the pioneering days of 1940 to senior captain of a Halifax in Wing-Commander Leonard Cheshire's squadron in what MRAF Sir Arthur Harris called his 'Main Offensive'. It deals also with his pre-war life and service, flying tiny bi-planes with the RAFVR, and with his career as a flying instructor at the RAF College Cranwell and as an instructor of instructors at RAF Montrose.Above all, it is a personal book, inspired by the sacrifice made nearly half a century ago by a young man of twenty-eight. Acclaim for the work:''Reading Portrait of a Bomber Pilot, I felt that I was living with Jack Wetherly through the last few years of his young life. He is a good man to be with honorable, selfless, and an exceptional pilot...Christopher Jary has written of Jack Wetherly carefully, unsentimentally, and very movingly. He has added a chapter to the brave, sad story of World War Two''.
Author: W. R. Chorley
Publisher: Crecy Pub
This is the sixth volume in the series which deals with the losses sustained by the RAF Bomber Command during the 2nd World War. It has already found favour with historians, and those friends and relatives affected by the loss.'
466 ( RAAF ) Squadron glider towing / paratroop operations ; No . while based in
Yorkshire in No . 4 Group , 100 ( SD ) Group squadrons ; the two and a short
history of No . 462 ( RAAF ) Tempsford SD squadrons ; and Bomber Squadron
Author: Jonathan Falconer
Publisher: Sutton Pub Limited
RAF Bomber Command in Fact, Film and Fiction is a bibliographical and media guide to the exploits of the command between 1939-1945 setting on record much of what has been written, filmed or sound recorded in the English language
An Operational Reference Book 1939-1945 Martin Middlebrook, Chris Everitt ...
in 16 other aircraft failed to function leaving only 15 aircraft to bomb the factory on
G - H . The Düsseldorf records do mention this factory , stating that ' several ...
became a most useful blind - bombing device when it was produced in sufficient
numbers for a major part of Bomber Command to be fitted with it . COLOGNE 52
Lancasters and 10 Mosquitoes of 8 Group carried out a diversionary raid without
Author: Martin Middlebrook
Publisher: Motorbooks International
First published Viking. 1985. Provides a record of all Bomber Command's raids
1943 - 4 Air Component North - West Expeditionary Force ( Norway ) : aircraft
from HM Ships Glorious and Furious 1940 ( RN and ... It does not include those
many other RAF Units ( for example of Bomber Command ) which undertook
naval operations from time to time . ... 200 Coastal Command Group 1939 – 41
201 ( General Reconnaissance / Naval Co - operation ) Group 1939 – 44 Coastal
Author: Randolph Cock
Publisher: Institute of Historical Research
Ranging from the 13th century to the 1970s, this guide throws light on the naval and maritime history of Britain and its empire. The guide includes public records deposited outside The National Archives in the National Maritime Museum and the Post Office Archives.
Chris Ward's Profile of 75(NZ) Squadron is the long-awaited, definitive and comprehensive wartime account of this well-known and highly-regarded Bomber Command outfit.
Author: Chris Ward
Publisher: Mention the War Limited
Chris Ward's Profile of 75(NZ) Squadron is the long-awaited, definitive and comprehensive wartime account of this well-known and highly-regarded Bomber Command outfit. Produced with the full support and assistance of squadron veterans, the Royal New Zealand Air Force Association and the New Zealand Bomber Command Association, it is a testament to the duty and sacrifice of all those who served with this famous unit throughout the Second World War. Chris Ward's detailed narrative, based on the squadron's Second World War Operations Record Book, is complemented by several hundred photographs, many published for the first time. In 1938, the New Zealand government had ordered thirty Vickers Wellington Mk1 bombers. RNZAF aircrew were despatched to train on the new aircraft at RAF Marham, and then take them to their new home in the Southern Hemisphere. When war broke out, the New Zealand Government placed the aircraft and their crews at the disposal of the RAF to help fight the new enemy. Already known as 'The New Zealand Squadron', the unit was given the number 75 on 4 April 1940, the previous unit so numbered having been disbanded. This meant that the original nucleus of personnel remained together as an operational unit of the RAF. On 4 April 1940, The New Zealand Squadron was renamed 75(NZ) Squadron. Although often referred to as an RNZAF unit, it was wholly equipped and controlled by the RAF until the end of the conflict. It was a key component of No. 3 Group, Bomber Command, and was based initially at RAF Feltwell, then RAF Mildenhall, RAF Newmarket and RAF Mepal, in Cambridgeshire. The unit saw action over France, Norway, Belgium, Italy, Sweden and Germany, distinguishing itself in the process. The squadron operated with a strength of three Flights after receiving Short Stirling bombers. In line with the rest of No. 3 Group, the squadron re-equipped with the Avro Lancaster in 1944, the type seeing the unit through to August 1945. 75(NZ) Sqn operated against the Germans from 1940 to VE Day, flying more sorties than any other allied heavy bomber squadron, suffering the second highest number of casualties. A Victoria Cross was awarded to Sgt J A Ward for climbing out onto the wing of his Wellington on an operation over Europe, in an attempt to put out an engine fire. Although badly damaged by enemy fighters' cannon shells, the aircraft managed to return to its base.