Flying into the Storm

RAF Bombers at War 1939-1942

Chris Sams

The story of the early years of Bomber Command and the aircraft they flew from 1939 to 1942, including Blenheims, Hampdens, Wellingtons, Whitleys, and Battles. These aircraft were involved in campaigns in France, Norway, Germany, Greece, Africa, and the Middle East, where they were often outmatched, but relentless in their missions.
Date Published :
October 2017
Publisher :
Fonthill Media
Illustration :
black and white photographs
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Binding. : Hardback
ISBN : 9781781556177
Pages : 256
Dimensions : 9.25 X 6.15 inches
Stock Status : In stock


From the lessons of the First World War, the RAF developed a fleet of modern monoplane aircraft in time for hostilities in 1939; a force that consisted of Hampdens, Whitleys, Wellingtons, Blenheims, and Battles. These aircraft and their crews were pitted against the German war machine from day one—flying into storms of flak shells and swarms of Messerschmitt fighters in their flimsy, and often poorly armed, bombers. From theaters as far apart as Norway and Syria, Java and France, the crews and their aircraft were at the front of every military operation without adequate fighter escorts and with poor equipment against stiff opposition. They were the few who bravely went on ‘one way ticket’ missions, that saw operational life expectancy as only a matter of hours, without hesitation or complaint.

About The Author

Chris Sams was born in Gillingham Kent and studied at King Alfred’s College Winchester. Whilst at University he read History specialising in the Luftwaffe and the Second World War in Germany and Japan. He also studied Social History at post graduate level. Chris continues to keep an interest in military history and is an avid reader and researcher. He also enjoys walking around ruins and local historical places of interest. This is his first book. He resides in Gillingham, Kent with his wife, daughter and two sons.

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