RAF Fighter Pilots Over Burma

This new book, from respected military historian and author Norman Franks, attempts to redress the balance, noting the importance of this particular aerial conflict within the wider context of the Second World War.Franks takes as his focus ...

RAF Fighter Pilots Over Burma

It is a recognized fact that, had the war gone badly for the Allies on the India/Burma front, and had the Japanese succeeded in invading the Indian Continent, the outcome of the war would have been entirely different. Yet despite this, the campaign on the Burma front is offered surprisingly scant coverage in the majority of photo-history books. This new book, from respected military historian and author Norman Franks, attempts to redress the balance, noting the importance of this particular aerial conflict within the wider context of the Second World War.Franks takes as his focus the pilots, aircraft and landscapes that characterized the campaign. Photographs acquired during the course of an intensive research period are consolidated into a volume that is sure to make for a popular addition to the established Images of War series. Many unpublished photographs feature, each one offering a new insight into the conflict as it unfolded over Burmese skies. The archive offers a wealth of dynamic images of RAF Hurricanes and Spitfires in flight, with shots of both the aircraft and the pilots employed during this challenging conflict. To fly and fight in Burma, pilots really had to be at the top of their game. The Japanese enemy certainly weren't the only problem to contend with; weather, poor food, incredible heat and all its attendant maladies, jungle diseases, tigers, elephants, fevers... The Japanese were the real enemy but the British pilots had so much more to deal with. And they did it for years. In Britain, a pilot could look forward to a break from operations every six months or so on average. In Burma, pilots first employed in 1941 were still flying operations in 1944. The collection represents a determination on the author's part to record the part played by these resilient and skilled RAF fighter pilots, the contribution that they paid in supporting General Slim's 14th Army and the part they ultimately played in defeating the Japanese attempts to break through into India. These efforts, all paramount and imperative to success, are celebrated here in words and images in a volume sure to appeal to Spitfire and Hurricane enthusiasts, as well as the more general reader.

Air Battle for Burma

Allied Pilots' Fight for Supremacy Bryn Evans. Notes 1. IWM, 60th Anniversary,
The Battle of Kohima, North East India, 4 April–22 June 1944, pp. 2–3, HMSO,
Aug ... Franks, Images of WarRAF Fighter Pilots over Burma, p. 128. Thomas,
op.

Air Battle for Burma

After a long series of crushing defeats by the apparently unstoppable Japanese air and ground forces, the eventual fight back and victory in Burma was achieved as a result of the exercise of unprecedented combined services cooperation and operations. Crucial to this was the AlliesÕ supremacy in the air coupled with their ground/air support strategy. Using veteransÕ firsthand accounts, Air Battle For Burma reveals the decisive nature of Allied air power in inflicting the first major defeat on the Japanese Army in the Second World War. Newly equipped Spitfire fighter squadrons made the crucial difference at the turning point battles of the Admin Box, Imphal and Kohima in 1944. Air superiority allowed Allied air forces to deploy and supply Allied ground troops on the front line and raids deep into enemy territory with relative impunity; revolutionary tactics never before attempted on such a scale. By covering both the strategic and tactical angles, through these previously unpublished personal accounts, this fine book is a fitting and overdue tribute to Allied air forcesÕ contribution to victory in Burma.

The Fallen Few of the Battle of Britain

The text is enhanced by photographs of the individuals themselves.

The Fallen Few of the Battle of Britain

'Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few' Seventy-five years on the unforgettable words of Winston Churchill ring as powerfully as they did in August 1940 when the young men of the RAF stood as the last line of defence against Hitler's far more powerful Luftwaffe.This emotional yet factual book describes the three and a half months (10 July 31 October 1940) battle day-by-day and covers the essential details of every one of the 540 young pilots who died in this critical campaign that saved Britain from invasion by the Nazis.Thanks to the authors painstaking research we are given a short biography of each pilots and learn of their actions and the manner of their deaths, their squadrons and planes.The result is a unique record and fitting memorial of the courage and sacrifice of this select band of heroes. The text is enhanced by photographs of the individuals themselves.

Coastal Command s Air War Against the German U Boats

This book summarises the story of how RAF Coastal Command overcame the German U-boat danger during the Second World War and how the escalation of the U-boat war promoted the development of anti-submarine warfare, leading to victory over ...

Coastal Command s Air War Against the German U Boats

This book summarises the story of how RAF Coastal Command overcame the German U-boat danger during the Second World War and how the escalation of the U-boat war promoted the development of anti-submarine warfare, leading to victory over this menace in the Atlantic.At the start of the war, RAF Coastal Command had virtually no real chance of either finding or sinking Germany's submarines, but within a short period of time, new methods of detecting and delivering deadly ordnance with which to sink this underwater threat were dreamt up and implemented. It took the men of Coastal Command long hours patrolling over an often hostile sea, in all types of weather, but their diligence, perseverance and dedication won through, saving countless lives of both merchant and navy seamen out in the cold wastes of the Atlantic and contributing much to the final victory over Nazi Germany. This new addition to the Images of War series serves as a tribute to these men, recording their exploits in words and images.

Air Pictorial

... the camps , mand of No Two Group ( fighters ) during of the Iron Curtain only a
few pictures and the indomitable spirit of those who the Battle of ... Now , wartime
files have been tunnels , climbed wire , in the end won squadron ' and to a ' pilot '
for ' pitot ... FGS RAF Seletar is said to be ' facing the for the first time and Allied
Lend - Lease Lahore Straight ' and WREN is ... number aircraft lost when the
Germans invaded in who didn ' t , this of first - hand accounts of the Burma air
1941 .

Air Pictorial


Air Force

OUR TROOP CARRIERS IN BURMA ' Troop Carrier Command's operations over
Burma have proved conclusively that with air ... Regarded as one of the most
skillful pilots in the theatre , General Old leads many flights personally . ... In
January of this year , General Old's Squadron Leader H. B. Dickson , RAF Troop
Carrier Command began its career by ... George E. Stratemeyer to form an Allied
operation air force for the war against the Japanese in Burma and Southeast Asia
 ...

Air Force


Air Force Magazine

OUR TROOP CARRIERS IN BURMA ' Troop Carrier Com . mand's operations
over Burma have proved conclusively that with air ... Regarded as one of the
most skillful pilots in the theatre , General Old leads many flights personally . ... In
January of this year , General Old's Squadron Leader H. B. Dickson , RAF Troop
Carrier Command began its career by ... George E. Stratemeyer to form an Allied
operation air force for the war against the Japanese in Burma and Southeast Asia
 ...

Air Force Magazine


Veteran Lancs

This book covers the history of these 35 incredible Lancasters, featuring many photographs of both aircraft and crew members drawn together in an effort to create a photographic record of these veterans.

Veteran Lancs

Aviation historians will know that the Avro Lancaster bomber is the most famous aircraft to have fought with RAF Bomber Command during World War Two. They will know too that, of the 7,366 that were built, over 3,400 were lost on operations and a further 200 plus were destroyed and written-off in crashes. Operational sorties flown totalled more than 156,000, carrying over 600,000 tons of bombs to targets all over Europe. But this came at a terrible cost. With extensive losses on some night operations, occurring when bombers were pitted against a dedicated German night-fighter arm (as well as anti-aircraft fire) it is not surprising, or even incredible, that just 35 Lancasters managed to complete 100 or more sorties during the course of the war. A number of them actually achieved well over one hundred sorties, and a few were tragically lost after reaching this amazing figure. This book covers the history of these 35 incredible Lancasters, featuring many photographs of both aircraft and crew members drawn together in an effort to create a photographic record of these veterans. In addition, there is a section dedicated to many Lancasters that, whilst not achieving this almost magic total, either through eventual loss or the ending of the war, did achieve a large number of operations. Pictures of these have been added so that their achievements, as well as the achievements of the crews who flew in them, can be viewed together.

Airpower Journal

The Forgotten Air War : The Royal Air Force in the War against Japan , 1941-
1945 by Henry Probert . ... The focus of the book is on the operational history of
the Allied air forces in Burma and Southeast Asia during World War II . ... enough
to get shot down , the chances of survival were minimal compared with the Allied
pilots shot down over Germany . ... The reconnaissance forces of the AAF and the
RAF were completely integrated into a single combined photoreconnaissance
force .

Airpower Journal


RAF Liberators Over Burma

The RAF air war versus Japan in the Far East is grossly under-represented in print; the Kirkness memoir lessens this gap with its valuable contributionsThirty-two combat ops may seem like too many to individually chronicle in a single ...

RAF Liberators Over Burma

The RAF air war versus Japan in the Far East is grossly under-represented in print; the Kirkness memoir lessens this gap with its valuable contributionsThirty-two combat ops may seem like too many to individually chronicle in a single memoir; however, each op’s narrative is compellingly, and uniquely, presented and the cumulative result is that Kirkness’ final, harrowing, op is the most riveting of them allLavishly illustrated with previously unpublished photographs RAF wireless operator/air gunner Bill ‘Enoch’ Kirkness flew thirty-two B-24 Liberator bomber sorties, twenty-eight of which were against Japanese targets in Burma. He was credited with downing the night fighter that killed a crewmate and severely damaged his Liberator; his aircraft’s crash landing abruptly ending his first tour. Bill was subsequently awarded a Distinguished Flying Medal. His memoir of Wellington ferry flights, Liberator training, and ops with 159 Squadron typifies aspects of the human spirit, which any young man immersed within such a conflict would have likely experienced. Bill wore his heart, not just his sergeant’s stripes, on his sleeve. His story is a compelling, dignified account of an average man’s war from 1942 into 1944 in the UK, the Mediterranean, Africa, and onwards through his first operational tour based in India. Matt Poole, an expert on 159 Squadron and RAF Liberator activities against the Japanese, seamlessly enhances Bill’s narrative with added historical detail. Although Bill passed away in 1994, Matt vowed, in retirement, to help bring the memoir to a wider audience.

Australian Defence Force Journal

The author does not provide any details of his personal career in the RAAF
during the War , however , from the information sheet provided by the ... 460
RAAF Heavy Bomber Squadron attached to the RAF , and was commissioned . ...
mention is made of fighter pilots as well as bomber crews and the author
expresses his opinions on tactics when and where necessary , however the style
of writing makes for easy reading and the book is well illustrated both with
photographs and maps .

Australian Defence Force Journal


Mannock

Investigative historians Norman Franks and Andy Saunders have assessed all the evidence and cut through the speculation to build a complete picture of the man and his achievements as a fighter pilot.

Mannock

The definitive biography of the WWI fighter pilot Edward “Mick” Mannock—and a revealing investigation into his mysterious fate. Although he was arguably the highest scoring RAF fighter pilot of the First World War, Edward “Mick” Mannock’s life, particularly his death, is still shrouded in mystery. Did he achieve as many victories as are sometimes ascribed to him? How did he die? Where did he die? And more pertinently, where do his remains now lie? Investigative historians Norman Franks and Andy Saunders have assessed all the evidence and cut through the speculation to build a complete picture of the man and his achievements as a fighter pilot. Having unearthed much new and enlightening information, they present a truly balanced overview of his life—and also reveal for the first time exactly where he fell in battle a century ago. Includes photographs

Indian Information

Indian Air Force In INDIAN PILOTS ON WAY TO BRITAIN Action Over Burma A
Veri INITY 307 WF TIE SIE A. on five cadet ... are now operating over Burma with
their comrades Fighter Command in operations against the of the Royal Air Force
. ... New Salvage Organisation Set Up signals , armament and photography .
back to base information and photographs . ... and will however tempting the
opportunities may have a staff of experts , including divers , the European theatre
of war ...

Indian Information


Royal Air Force Quarterly and Commonwealth Air Forces Journal

In the Second World War he was engaged in an inglorious engagement with the
Italians in the Sudan . ... In his Order of the Day on April 16th , 1945 , General
Slim said , “ You have won the battle for Central Burma . ... It is profusely
illustrated with pictures of aircraft and men engaged in these air battles . ...
summarised in the Appendices and include : Particulars of Commonwealth ,
German , Italian and American aircraft used in this campaign ; pilots engaged on
both sides who claimed ...

Royal Air Force Quarterly and Commonwealth Air Forces Journal


War Photographs 1939 45

Cecil Beaton, Sotheby's Belgravia (Firm). 94 95. Fighter pilots at a Royal Air
Force base on the India - Burma border showing some tribesmen over a Spitfire .
A young corporal lying in front of his camouflaged Universal.

War Photographs  1939 45


Current Military Literature

85 : 4927 Resistance movies : fact and fiction Stephen J Greenhill Mil Chest 4 / 3
May / Jun 1985 pp25 - 30 , 8 photos . Reviews the season of films presented by
the Imperial War Museum , London , on European resistance to the Nazis during
WW2 ... pilots of the Soviet women ' s air corps , notably of Eugenie Rudneva ,
regimental navigator , who flew 645 combat ... 85 : 4931 Airborne lifeline : The
Royal Air Force in action over Burma , 1942 - 45 PR Fox Mil Hist Jnl 6 / 5 Jun
1985 ...

Current Military Literature

Comment and abstracts & citations of important articles from international military and defence periodicals.

The RAF Air Sea Rescue Service in the Second World War

Walrus squadrons operated just as successfully in this theater as around Britain. Aircrew operating over any stretch of water could always count on the ASR boys coming to their aid. This is their story.

The RAF Air Sea Rescue Service in the Second World War

When the Second World War began in 1939 it was thought that it would be fought along the same lines as the First World War, with the Allied air forces operating from both Britain and France. With the fall of Britain’s Northern European Allies in May 1940, all that changed. From then onwards, RAF aircraft operating over enemy and enemy-held territory necessitated flights across both the North Sea and the English Channel. This meant that aircrew in difficulties would be forced to come down in both of these bodies of water. Therefore it was essential that some form of rescue service be made available to fish these airman from the water. But there were no aircraft in existence at that time that were designed for such a task: initially all that could be done was to use land ‘planes to help locate anyone in the water, drop a dinghy to them, and then guide a boat to their position. Obviously a quicker and more reliable means of rescue was needed, and this came in the shape of the Supermarine Walrus, an amphibian airplane that could land on both sea and land. Several Flights of these airplanes were set up around the coast of Britain, concentrated mainly around the south and southeast of England. The Air Sea Rescue airmen did a magnificent job from 1941-45, rescuing hundreds of downed RAF and USAAF aircrew. It took a special type of airman to undertake these rescues – and another kind of courage. As the war in North Africa developed, Walrus aircraft were needed in the Mediterranean, and later on either side of the Italian coast. Walrus squadrons operated just as successfully in this theater as around Britain. Aircrew operating over any stretch of water could always count on the ASR boys coming to their aid. This is their story.

The War Illustrated

( Norwich ) Readers of THE WAR ILLUSTRATED who wish to submit
photographs for inclusion in our Roll of Honour must ... Sgt . F. V. G. ALLOWAY
Royal Air Force Dortmund 24.5.43 . ... ( Ross - on - Wye ) 4 L / Cpl . A. R.
ASHTON Cpl . R. BICKERTON Royal Tank Regiment . ... I. Action : Burma . ... R.A.
Glider Pilot Regiment .

The War Illustrated


Flypast

Harry flew Hurricanes in defence of France and Britain and then over Burma until
he was shot down and killed in January 1943 ... 81 in the incredible Aircraft of the
Aces ' series ; great narrative , superb photos and stunning artwork . No . 82 is
Soviet MiG - 15 Aces of the Korean War by Leonid Krylov and Yuriy Tepsurkaev .
www . ospreypublising . com page turners 03 ... Joining Eric Brown to reveal the
torpedo - fighter Blackburn Firebrand , warts and all , are 12 other navy pilots .

Flypast


New Zealanders with the Royal Air Force Mediterranean and Middle East South east Asia

In the early days of the war he had been turned down for the Army because he
had lost two fingers and for the Air Force because he was married . ... in India in
August 1943 , where he subsequently flew over 220 hours on operations over
Burma and Thailand as an air gunner . ... Apart from the distances they flew the
photo - reconnaissance pilots , perhaps more than other branches of the service ,
had to ...

New Zealanders with the Royal Air Force  Mediterranean and Middle East  South east Asia