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, available from 19/10/11
The work of the RAFís 100 Group remains one of the least known aspects of the 1939-45 war. Even less has been written about the specifics of day-to-day electronic warface operations and the countermeasures employed.
This book, the result of many years meticulous research by Squadron Leader Richard Forder RAF (Retíd) redresses the balance by focussing on one the heavy units, 223, and its sister units at RAF Oulton, Norfolk.
Equipped with former USAAF Liberators, they operated from August 1944 to the end of the European war, with a primary role of protecting Bomber Command Main Force ops by radio and radar countermeasures against German defences.
By analysing original documents and recording first hand accounts from both sides of the conflict, including those of Main Force personnel, Forder and Bond present a complete, detailed and valuable picture of the secret and vital activities of the special operatives, and their effect on German defences.
|Another Dawn Another Dusk
The true story of Trevor Bowyer, DFC, ISM, a veteran rear gunner in RAF Bomber Command in WW2
'ďDive port, go,Ē Ö I looked up to see the immense ghostly black silhouette of another Lancaster slide gently by barely fifty feet above us, its great yawning bomb bay doors gaping wide, the engine exhausts glowing in the dark...í
"This vividly powerful and absorbing biography of an RAF rear gunner during World War Two is told with both sensitivity and humour.
With accounts from some of Trevorís contemporaries, including Marshal of the Royal Air Force, Sir Michael Beetham, himself a WW2 bomber pilot and survivor of the ill-fated Nuremburg raid, this latest book by Kenneth Ballantyne, meticulously researched, lavishly illustrated and written in his now familiar easy style, is enthralling from start to finish.
Born in Shropshire, Trevorís story embraces his childhood and early career on the TPO. Living through the London Blitz, he volunteered for Bomber Command aircrew. Sent on the first 1,000 bomber raids, he later cheated death when his turret was riddled by cannon fire.
Shot down over the North African desert, for three days he walked back through enemy lines.
A second tour followed in Lancasters, flying from Lincolnshire into the heavily defended German heartland, where night fighters relentlessly stalked the bomber stream every mile across occupied Europe." - back cover
Another Dawn Another Dusk can be ordered from Ken Ballantyne at:
Laundry Cottage Books, Shawbirch Road, Admaston, Wellington, Shropshire. TF5 0AD.
Telephone: 01952 223931
Price £9.99 p+p - free in the UK [signed copy] - 336 pages, 137 b&w pictures