The RAF Pathfinders: Bomber Command's Elite Squadron

The RAF Pathfinders: Bomber Command's Elite Squadron

by Martyn Chorlton

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781846742019
Publisher: Countryside Books
Publication date: 10/31/2012
Pages: 160
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword 5

Introduction 9

Leading the way 9

The Butt and Cherwell reports 9

The Pathfinder Concept 13

Group Captain S. O. Bufton (1908-1993) 13

Early Beginnings and Formation 15

1 Operations 1942

August - A tentative start 17

September - Illuminating, marking/route-marking and backing up 18

October - Italian targets 21

November - Boozer 23

December - OBOE trials & Wanganui into service 26

2 Operations 1943

January - 8 Group is born, new TIs, ground-markers & H2S Operational 29

February - Blind-Bombing success and FIDO (Fog Investigation Dispersal Operation) 31

March - The Battle of the Ruhr begins 37

April - More Squadrons, more airfields 42

May - Mounting losses 47

June - More Mosquitoes! 50

July - The Battle of the Ruhr ends and the Battle of Hamburg begins 57

August - Peenemünde and the long road to Berlin begins 62

September - Varying targets 70

October - High price for a new target 75

November - Battle of Berlin begins 79

December - Nightmare over Berlin 86

3 Operations 1944

January - Berlin takes its toll 90

February - Battle of Berlin comes to an end 93

March - Tactical targets increase 96

April - 8 Group lose, 5 Group gain! 100

May - D-Day build-up 104

June - Overlord and the Flying-bomb 111

July - 'Heavy Oboe' attack method 118

August - 8 Group's first Victoria Cross 123

September - Operation Market Garden 127

October - The second Battle of the Ruhr begins 130

November - LNSF attacks grow in strength 133

December - 8 Group's only Oboe VC 136

4 Operations 1945

January - the Mosquito takes charge 142

February - Bomber Command's last VC of the war 143

March - The Allies push into Germany 148

April/May - 'Eagle's Nest', Exodus, Manna and Victory! 151

8 Group's swan song 155

Appendix I 8 (Pathfinder Force) Group Statistics August 1942 to May 1945 160

Appendix II Aircraft types 162

Appendix III The Pathfinder crews' eight duties 173

Appendix IV 8 Group Squadrons August 1942 to August 1945 174

Appendix V Early Radar and navigational aids 179

Appendix VI Pathfinder jargon buster 183

Appendix VII Abbreviations 188

Index 190

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