Bomber Command Airfields of Lincolnshire
A Field Guide to Antietam: Experiencing the Battlefield Through its History, Places, and People
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Autor: Peter Jacobs
Data publikacji: 2016-12
Wydawca: PEN & SWORD
Wymiary: 13.8 x 1.9 x 21.6 cm
Liczba stron: 250
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From the opening day of the Second World War, RAF Bomber Command took the offensive to the enemy and played a leading role in the liberation of Europe. Many of its squadrons were based in Lincolnshire, where the flat terrain and open fields made the county ideal for the development of new airfields. All of Bomber Command's major efforts involved the Lincolnshire-based squadrons. The Battles of the Ruhr, Hamburg and Berlin, during the hardest years of 1943/44, were just some of those when night after night hundreds of bombers took off from the county, many never to return. It was also from Lincolnshire that precision raids were mounted against targets such as the diesel engine factory at Augsburg, the notorious Dortmund-Ems Canal, the mighty German battleship Tirpitz, and, of course, the Ruhr Dams. Most of Lincolnshire's wartime bomber airfields have long gone, with many having reverted to their pre-war agricultural use. Only Coningsby, Scampton and Waddington remain in service with the RAF today, while others - such as Binbrook, Blyton, Spilsby, Strubby, Swinderby and Woodhall Spa - have long fallen victim to Defence cuts.Other airfields have survived and maintain the link with their flying past. All are included here, some well-known, others less so. From these airfields came countless acts of personal courage and self-sacrifice, with eight Victoria Crosses, the highest award for gallantry, being awarded to men flying from bomber airfields in Lincolnshire. All are included, as are stories of other personalities who brought these airfields to life. In all, the stories of the county's twenty-nine wartime airfields of Bomber Command are told, with a brief history of each accompanied by details of how to find them and what remains there today. Whatever your interest, be it aviation history or something more local, there is something to discover. Lincolnshire has truly earned its name of Bomber County.
About the Author
Peter Jacobs is a former RAF Wing Commander and the author of several books. This is his fifth title in the Aviation Heritage Trail series and is a welcome addition to his recently published Bomber Command Airfields of Lincolnshire. His other recent titles for Pen and Sword include Daring Raids of World War Two; Heroic Land, Sea and Air Attacks, Setting France Ablaze; The SOE in France During WWII and Fortress Island Malta; Defence & Re-Supply during the Siege.