Separate Little War: The BANFF Coastal Command Strike Wing Versus the Kreigsmarine and Luftwaffe 1944 - 1945

Separate Little War: The BANFF Coastal Command Strike Wing Versus the Kreigsmarine and Luftwaffe 1944 - 1945

by Andrew D. Bird

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Separate Little War: The BANFF Coastal Command Strike Wing Versus the Kreigsmarine and Luftwaffe 1944 - 1945 by Andrew D. Bird

Every day for nine months from September 1944, young British Commonwealth and Norwegian airmen flew from Banff, Fraserburgh and Peterhead in northern Scotland to target German U-boats, merchant men and freighters in the fjords and leads of southwest Norway, encountering the Luftwaffe and flakships every step of the way. Truly this was a war within a war, bitter and bloody, at low level and close quarters. By recording their crucial contribution to winning the world war, in a compelling, accurate and fascinating way, Andrew Bird has ensured their memory will not be overlooked.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781906502133
Publisher: Grub Street
Publication date: 12/23/2008
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword 4

Acknowledgements 5

Introduction 9

Chapter 1 Operations Begin 13

Chapter 2 RAF Banff Aerodrome 17

Chapter 3 September 1944 22

Chapter 4 October 1944 39

Chapter 5 November 1944 62

Chapter 6 December 1944 75

Chapter 7 Mosquitoes Hit Leirvik on Boxing Day 101

Chapter 8 January 1945 111

Chapter 9 Wing Loses Five Mosquitoes in One Operation 122

Chapter 10 February 1945 133

Chapter 11 Austri 140

Chapter 12 March 1945 149

Chapter 13 The War Draws to a Close 171

Chapter 14 What Happened to 'F' for Freddie? 176

Chapter 15 U-Boats Run the Gauntlet 179

Chapter 16 Mosquitoes Destroy German Aircraft from II and III/KG 26 191

Chapter 17 May 1945 - The Final Days 196

Chapter 18 Post War Banff 206

Conclusion 211

Poems 212

Appendix 1 19 Group Coastal Command Deployment as at 1st September 1944 214

Appendix 2 18 Group Coastal Command Deployment as at 1st January 1945 215

Appendix 3 18 Group Coastal Command Deployment as at 1st April 1945 216

Appendix 4 Loss List 217

Appendix 5 Inventory of Aircraft 220

Coat of Arms of the Banff Strike Wing 226

Glossary & Abbreviations 227

Bibliography and Sources 231

Index 232

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