Operation Big Ben: The Anti-V2 Spitfire Missions

Operation Big Ben: The Anti-V2 Spitfire Missions

by Craig Cabell

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781781554395
Publisher: Fonthill Media
Publication date: 08/18/2016
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Craig Cabell is a journalist and author. His works include, in addition to Frederick Forsyth - A Matter of Protocol, The Kray Brothers, Dennis Wheatley - Churchill's Storyteller and VE Day - A Day to Remember (published by Pen and Sword Books).

Table of Contents

Author's Note 5

Acknowledgements 7

List of Operations and Deception Plans 10

Dutch Locations: A Guide 11

List of Abbreviations 14

Introduction 15

1 Attacking London and the Home Counties 21

2 The Art of Deception 26

3 The Formation of Intelligence Commandos 31

4 Fighting Back Against the V-Weapons 39

5 Converting to the Clipped-Winged Spitfires 44

6 124 Squadron's Story 50

7 303 Squadron's Story 63

8 453 Squadron's Story 86

9 602 Squadron's Story 90

10 603 Squadrons Story 139

11 Liberation 193

12 Operation Big Ben: Seventy Years On 195

Appendix I Fleming's Memo for a New Commando Force and Rationale 197

Appendix II Pilots Lost 200

Sources 201

Endnotes 205

Bibliography and Further Reading 207

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