Post by Dave Homewood on Jan 2, 2012 10:33:18 GMT 12
Does anyone out there happen to have a copy of "Wings of the morning : the story of the Fleet Air Arm in the Second World War" by Ian Cameron?
This book was I believe written by a New Zealander who flew in the Fleet Air Arm himself, who also wrote a couple of fiction books on the Fleet Air Arm, but this one is factual.
I was shown it about 18 months back by a WWII FAA veteran and since then have been trying to find a copy as it looked really good. Each chapter detailed different chapters in the FAA history in WWII. One chapter was on no. 826 Squadron and its sister-squadron in Egypt who pioneered the pathfinding flare drop methods later adopted by Bomber Command. The veteran who had the book was one of those pilots.
I'd love to read the whole book through. It seems to be rare as hen's teeth so i might have to resort to ordering in the National Library's copy.
Hodder and Stoughton London, 1962. 1st edn.,288pp, 24pp half tone photo ills., 2 maps and 2 diagrams in text, light blue cloth lettered in gilt at spine, coloured pictorial dustwrapper, an account of many of the operations of the Royal Navy's Fleet Air Arm during WW2 including Norway, the Mediterranean including Taranto, convoy 'Tiger' to Alexandria, and operations in the Western Desert, the Tripitz, Bismarck and the escape of Gneisenau and Scharnhorst, the Battle of the Atlantic incl. Audacity and HG76 and Archer and HX239, the Arctic convoys JW and RA64, the Far East and Palembang, Kamikaze's and the neutralising of the Nansei Shoto airstrips, with appendices including aircraft types and specs. and lists of the names of aircrews in some specific operations
41 copies listed on AbeBooks
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