Down in the Drink
Their Deadliest Enemy Was the Sea
By (author) Ralph Barker
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Down in the Drink by Ralph Barker
Book DescriptionAmong those who fought in the ferocious battles for the skies during the Second World War, some - shot down, or forced to ditch - had to confront an exceptionally pitiless enemy: the sea. DOWN IN THE DRINK tells the astonishing stories of nine aircrews who suffered this horrifying plight, from the captured Beaufort crew being flown to prison in Italy, who wrested control of the plane and set a new course for freedom while dangerously low on fuel, to the Mosquito fighter-bomber pilot adrift off Burma on the sinking wreckage of his plane, concussed, his bones broken, with only a flask of whisky to keep himself going. These are tales of bravery and resilience, loyalty and friendship. They give stirring proof that there is no limit to human courage.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780755317523
(198mm x 129mm x 21mm)
Imprint: Headline Review
Publisher: Headline Publishing Group
Publish Date: 18-Sep-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Ralph Barker
Bill Lancaster- The Final Verdict, Hardback (November 2015)
The intriguing and complex story of Captain 'Bill' Lancaster, pioneer flyer of the twenties and thirties.
Ship-Busters, Paperback (April 2010)
Low-level strikes by British torpedo-bombers against enemy naval vessels ranked among the most dangerous aerial tactics developed during World War II.
Ship-Busters!, Hardback (April 2009)
Low-level strikes against enemy shipping by torpedo-carrying aircraft were perhaps the most dangerous forms of air attack developed during WWII. This book tells the story of the RAF men involved, from the early attacks by single Beauforts off the Dutch and Norwegian coasts to the massed assaults of later years by the famous 'strike-wings'.
Brief History of the Royal Flying Corps in World War One, Paperback (May 2002)» View all books by Ralph Barker
This text tells the story of the most star-studded of fighter squadrons, the RFC, and its part in all the major battles of World War I, from Bloody April 1917, when the squadrons suffered enormous casualties, through Third Ypres and Passchendaele to the chaotic retreat from Ludendorff's offensive.
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Author Biography - Ralph Barker
Ralph Barker served in the RAF during the war, in the course of which his Beaufort was hit in combat and he survived a crash on take-off in which his pilot and navigator were killed. After the war, he worked in civil aviation for a short time, before rejoining the RAF, to work in the secretariat until 1961. DOWN IN THE DRINK (1955) launched a successful career as a writer, in the course of which he has written over a dozen books on the RAF, books on terrorism and war at sea, and hundreds of feature articles for the Sunday Express.
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