Military Aviation in Ireland 1921-45

Military Aviation in Ireland 1921-45

by Michael O'Malley
     
 

Military Aviation in Ireland 1921-45 charts the history of the Air Corps from its early days as the Military Air Service established by Michael Collins in 1922 to the ineffective air operations conducted during the Second World War period. The Air Service came into being when Michael Collins's great plans for a civil air service were postponed due to the outbreak

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Military Aviation in Ireland 1921-45 charts the history of the Air Corps from its early days as the Military Air Service established by Michael Collins in 1922 to the ineffective air operations conducted during the Second World War period. The Air Service came into being when Michael Collins's great plans for a civil air service were postponed due to the outbreak of the Civil War of 1922-3. After participating in this war a small Air Corps was confirmed, but it proved to be little more than a token air element of a much more substantially infantry Army.

The author investigates how the Army Air Corps survived the 1920s and 1930s, despite great obstacles including the apparent absence of any government defence policy and an acute indifference to military aviation from the Army leadership. In the Second World War, two squadrons of the Air Corps were given air force tasks for which they lacked the aptitude and preparation in terms of personnel, airmanship, aircraft and training. How such glaring failures resulted in a direct demoralisation of the Corps is explored in depth. The story of how the Air Corps continued to carry out tasks on secretive government orders, despite Ireland's neutral stand, aimed at assisting the war efforts of the Royal Air Force is one of the most interesting aspects of this account.

Using extensive research from the Military Archives and National Archives, and a wide selection of log book material and personal files of a number of officers essential to piecing together details of the history, Michael C. O'Malley throws a revealing light on the people, events, action and inaction of Ireland's early aviation history.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781906359492
Publisher:
University College Dublin Press
Publication date:
09/20/2010
Pages:
360
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)

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