Hornchurch Offensive: The Definitive Account of the RAF Fighter Airfield, Its Pilots, Groundcrew and Staff: 1941 to the Airfield's Final Closure

Hornchurch Offensive: The Definitive Account of the RAF Fighter Airfield, Its Pilots, Groundcrew and Staff: 1941 to the Airfield's Final Closure


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Volume Two of this fascinating study of an airfield and its pilots starts just after the Battle of Britain when Hornchurch was at the forefront in taking the fight to the enemy, being heavily involved in the Sweeps and Circuses of 1941.

Next came the Dieppe raid in 1942 by which time Hornchurch was truly international with Czechs, Belgians, French and New Zealanders all flying from there.

Action was continuous and famous characters abound, people like Harry Broadhurst and Paddy Finucane, and as with the first book, the author is particularly adept at expressing their views, experiences and recollections.

Other events during the war where the base was predominant include the audacious German Channel Dash, Operation 'Starkey' with the Americans, forming Mobile Radar Units for D-Day, and countering the V-1 menace.

Post-war it served as an Air Crew Selection Centre, from 1948-1956, and thousands of people passed through, some famous like Max Bygraves and Norman Tebbit, who tell their stories.

With numerous photographs from private collections, this second volume maintains the excellence of the first to give the complete history through the eyes of those who were there.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781902304793
Publisher: Grub Street
Publication date: 10/17/2008
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 6.25(w) x 9.50(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Richard C. Smith was born in Ilford, London in 1956 and became interested in military history and aviation at an early age.

Since 2000, he has written eight books, the first six have all been produced by the renowned Grub Street Publishers. Four tomes covering the history of his local famous WW1 and WW2 aerodrome of RAF Hornchurch, others include a biography on the New Zealand fighter ace Alan Deere and a pictorial history of RAF Duxford.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1On the Offensive January - June 19411
Chapter 2The Hornchurch Wing July - December 194123
Chapter 3Big Friends and Little Friends 194245
Chapter 4Squadrons International 194368
Chapter 5Advance into Europe 194491
Chapter 6Victory and Peace 1945 - 1946104
Chapter 7New Responsibilities 1947 - 1950114
Chapter 8The Twilight Years 1951 - 1959122
Chapter 9The Final Countdown 1960 - 1962140
ARAF Hornchurch Station Commanders 1941 - 1960148
BSquadrons operational from RAF Hornchurch 1941 - 1945149
CWing Commanders Flying 1941 - 1943151
DSquadron Commanders 1941 - 1945152
ERAF Hornchurch's Top Scoring Aces 1939 - 1944154
FRAF Hornchurch's Pilot Casualties 1941 - 1944155
GPilots and Aircrew who flew operationally from RAF Hornchurch 1941 - 1945158
HSpitfire aircraft flown from RAF Hornchurch 1941 - 1944170
IList of roads named after RAF Hornchurch Pilots191
JAuthor's Note192
KMap of RAF Hornchurch 1942193
LLayout of Operations Room - Masonic Hall, Romford 1941 - 1943194
MRAF Hornchurch 'At Home' programme 19th September 1953195
NEvening News front page 1960196
OPoem by Mrs Patricia Churchill197
Personnel 1941 - 1962202
General Index 1941-1962206

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