A Century of Air Warfare With Nine (IX) Squadron, RAF

Still Going Strong

Gordon Thorburn

 
Date Published :
October 2014
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
Illustration :
150 b/w integrated images
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Binding. : Hardback
ISBN : 9781783036349
Pages : 256
Dimensions : 9 X 6 inches
Stock Status : In stock
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Overview
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In the earliest days of World War One, when IX Squadron was formed, we went to the fight in little 50mph machines that were barely capable of taking pilot and observer, a gun and a few small, hand-held bombs into the sky, especially on a windy day. When we took a wireless set, to spot for the artillery and report on troop movements, the extra load forced the defenseless pilot to leave his observer behind.

A century later, IX (B) Squadron flies jets that can exceed the speed of sound, place laser-guided missiles within a few centimeters of the target, and transmit the most complex data in real time across the globe.

In between, the tale is of ponderous beasts of biplanes, of Wellingtons and Lancasters in the bloody battles of World War Two, of Canberras and Vulcans in the nuclear age of the Cold War.

Above all, it's the story of the men and women of the RAF's senior bomber squadron across a hundred years of war and peace, and their words fill this book. We go from those beginnings in wood, wire and fabric kites over France and a pilot armed with a service revolver, to the world's first Tornado squadron in the Gulf wars, over Kosovo and Afghanistan, and so to the present, a century on.

It really is one hell of a story.

About The Author
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Gordon Thorburn is the author of almost thirty books, including best-sellers Men and Sheds and Cassius: The True Story of a Courageous Police Dog. This comprehensive new title follows the success of Luck of a Lancaster, published to great acclaim in 2013 by Pen and Sword Aviation.

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