A Dictionary of Coastal Command 1939 - 1945

Geoff Simpson

* An alphabetical account of the "Kipper Fleet”, as it was known in the RAF during the Second World War.

* From A to Z this well illustrated book tells the story of the gallantry, the achievements, the losses, the VCs, the aircraft and much else about RAF Coastal Command.

* A readable and hugely engrossing volume. Can be dipped into at leisur
Date Published :
April 2017
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
Illustration :
50 illustrations
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Binding. : Hardback
ISBN : 9781473872714
Pages : 240
Dimensions : 9 X 6 inches
Stock Status : In stock
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An alphabetical account of the part in the Second World War played by the ‘Kipper Fleet’ as it was known in the RAF. Coastal Command often lacked resources compared with other home commands, giving it its other nickname of the ‘Cinderella Service’. Its main role was defensive – that of protecting Britain’s vital sea borne supply lines in home waters as well as in the Mediterranean, the Middle East and around the coasts of Africa.

Coastal Command also acted in an offensive capacity, particularly in the so-called ‘Battle of the Barges’ in 1940 which helped deter Hitler from invading the UK, and in the Mediterranean and the Baltic, attacking German shipping. Coastal Command, however, is most usually remembered for the war against the U-boats, one that was eventually won.

From A to Z this well-illustrated book tells the story of the gallantry, the achievements, the losses, the VCs, the aircraft and much else about RAF Coastal Command.

About The Author

Geoff Simpson has studied the Battle of Britain for 35 years and has frequently written, broadcast and spoken on the subject. He was a long serving trustee of the Battle of Britain Memorial Trust and acted as the organisation's historical consultant. He is a member of the Royal Historical Society and the RAF Historical Society.


"My uncle John (Walter) Kimber was a pilot in Coastal Command during the war...and that's all I know about him. There is simply no record of him in the military archives held by Ancestry, although there is obviously a record of his birth, and of his marriage, late in life, to Marion Noble. I live in hope that one day a book will be published about Brirtain's Coastal Command that refers to him by name - he's not in this one, but I'm sure it will happen one day! He was always my hero, and this superb record of Coastal Command is testament to the contribution these brave men made to the war."

- Books Monthly

Overall, the entries are well written and appropriately illustrated, and one way or another all aspects of Coastal Command appear to be covered.

- Warship World, July/August 2017

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