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.
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About the Author
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 1||On the Offensive January - June 1941||1|
|Chapter 2||The Hornchurch Wing July - December 1941||23|
|Chapter 3||Big Friends and Little Friends 1942||45|
|Chapter 4||Squadrons International 1943||68|
|Chapter 5||Advance into Europe 1944||91|
|Chapter 6||Victory and Peace 1945 - 1946||104|
|Chapter 7||New Responsibilities 1947 - 1950||114|
|Chapter 8||The Twilight Years 1951 - 1959||122|
|Chapter 9||The Final Countdown 1960 - 1962||140|
|A||RAF Hornchurch Station Commanders 1941 - 1960||148|
|B||Squadrons operational from RAF Hornchurch 1941 - 1945||149|
|C||Wing Commanders Flying 1941 - 1943||151|
|D||Squadron Commanders 1941 - 1945||152|
|E||RAF Hornchurch's Top Scoring Aces 1939 - 1944||154|
|F||RAF Hornchurch's Pilot Casualties 1941 - 1944||155|
|G||Pilots and Aircrew who flew operationally from RAF Hornchurch 1941 - 1945||158|
|H||Spitfire aircraft flown from RAF Hornchurch 1941 - 1944||170|
|I||List of roads named after RAF Hornchurch Pilots||191|
|K||Map of RAF Hornchurch 1942||193|
|L||Layout of Operations Room - Masonic Hall, Romford 1941 - 1943||194|
|M||RAF Hornchurch 'At Home' programme 19th September 1953||195|
|N||Evening News front page 1960||196|
|O||Poem by Mrs Patricia Churchill||197|
|Personnel 1941 - 1962||202|
|General Index 1941-1962||206|