Bomber Squadron

Men Who Flew with XV Squadron

Martyn Ford-Jones

During the Second World War, thousands of young men volunteered for service with the Royal Air Force. Some of these became fighter pilots, but a great many more were destined to be trained as members of bomber aircrew; pilots, navigators, wireless operators, bomb aimers, air gunners and flight engineers.
Date Published :
July 2019
Publisher :
Fonthill Media
Language:
English
Illustration :
B&W
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Hardback
ISBN : 9781781557082
Pages : 272
Dimensions : 9.25 X 6.15 inches
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In stock
$36.95

Overview
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During the Second World War, thousands of young men volunteered for service with the Royal Air Force. Some of these became fighter pilots, but a great many more were destined to be trained as members of bomber aircrew; pilots, navigators, wireless operators, bomb aimers, air gunners and flight engineers. On completion of their training a number of these men were posted to XV Squadron, a highly regarded frontline bomb squadron which had been formed during the First World War. Bomber Squadron —Men Who Flew with XV relates the personal stories of a small number of these men, giving an insight to their anxious moments when flying on operational sorties, staring death in the face in the form of enemy night-fighters and ground fire, and relaxing with them during their off-duty hours. The book also reveals the motivations, emotions and personal attitudes of these men, who flew into combat on an almost nightly basis. Their stories encompass the whole six years of the war, over which period XV Squadron flew a range of different bomber aircraft including Fairey Battles, Bristol Blenheims, Vickers Wellingtons, Short Stirlings and Avro Lancasters.

About The Author
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Martyn R. Ford-Jones is the acknowledged historian to No.XV Squadron, Royal Air Force, and to No.622 Squadron, Royal Auxiliary Air Force. As a result of his interest in the RAF, he has become an established author and researcher. Born and raised in London, Martyn now lives in Wiltshire with his wife Valerie, to whom he has been married for over fifty years. He has two daughters, Emma and Alexandra, and two grandchildren, Sonny and Loulou. Martyn’s main topics of interest, apart from the Royal Air Force and the Second World War, are reading, travelling, solving crosswords and Formula 1 motor racing.

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