Entering service at the end of the Battle of Britain, the pugnacious Bristol Beaufighter was deployed in numbers by Fighter Command just in time for the start of the Luftwaffe's night 'Blitz' on Britain. Flown by specialised nightfighter squadrons – several of them elite pre-war Auxiliary Air Force units – it was the first nightfighter to be equipped with an airborne radar as standard. Thus equipped, it combined the ability to 'see' the enemy at night with the devastating hitting power of four cannon and six machine guns. This book covers the exploits of the men who made ace in the Beaufighter and includes stunning original artwork together with first hand accounts of the action.
About the Author
Andrew Thomas is one of Britain's pre-eminent RAF researchers, having published numerous squadron histories. He is presently a serving officer in the RAF.
Table of Contents
UK-based nightfighter operations – the 'Blitz'/UK-based Coastal fighter ops/UK-based bomber support ops/Malta-based nightfighter ops 1941–2/Desert-based fighter ops/North African – ie Op Torch nightfighter ops/Mediterranean & Italian-based nightfighter & coastal fighter ops/USAAF nightfighter ops in North Africa and the Mediterranean/Indian-based nightfighter ops/Burma offensive fighter ops/RAAF ops in New Guinea & Dutch East Indies/Appendices