The British Fleet Air Arm in World War II

The British Fleet Air Arm in World War II

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ISBN-13: 9781846032837
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 06/17/2008
Series: Elite
Pages: 64
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.30(d)

About the Author

Lieutenant Mark Barber RN is a pilot based at RNAS Culdrose. His dissertation on the Fleet Air Arm in the Mediterranean in World War II was named as the best in the year at the Royal Navy academy, Dartmouth. He was named Best Aircrew Officer upon graduation of his class. His unlimited access to Royal Navy and Fleet Air Arm museum records and photos, has resulted in a book that is a worthy addition to the annals of British naval aviation. The author lives in Cornwall, UK.

Stephen Walsh studied art at the North East Wales Institute. Since then he has worked mainly for the American historical board-game market, fulfilling a lifelong interest in historical subjects. His American works include the best-selling Settlers of Catan. He has also produced many pieces of artwork inspired by J R R Tolkien. Stephen Walsh lives in Macclesfield, UK.

Table of Contents

?ORIGINS OF THE AIR BRANCH
– World War I
– The interwar years
RECRUITMENT & TRAINING
– Pilots
– Observers
–Telegraphist Air Gunners
– Mechanics
– Fighter direction officers
– deck landing control officers
– Meteorologists
– Women's Royal Naval Service
COMMAND STRUCTURE
– Chain of command
– Squadron composition
– Embarked air groups
– Mixed squadrons
– Squadron numbering & markings
CAMPAIGNS
– 1939: the Western Approaches
– 1940: Norway – France & the Battle of Britain – the Mediterranean: Force H – the Taranto raid
– 1941: the Mediterranean – the Bismark
– 1942: the 'Channel Dash' – the Malta convoys – Operation 'Torch'
– 1943: Sicily & Italy – Victorious in the Far East
– 1944: the Tirpitz raids – the Normandy landings – Operation
'Dragoon'
– 1944–45: the British Pacific Fleet: the East Indies – Okinawa –Japan
TACTICS
– Torpedo-bombers
– dive-bombers
– fighters
SOURCES & SELECT BIBLIOGRAPHY
PLATE COMMENTARIES
INDEX

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