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Description - Forever Vigilant by Graham Pitchfork

Naval 8/208 Squadron RAF A Centenary of Service from 1916 to 2016 ***Foreword by Air Marshal Sir Robert Wright, KBE, AFC*** 208 Squadron based at RAF Valley in Anglesey will be celebrating its 100th anniversary in October 2016, making it one of the few RAF squadrons to achieve this unique distinction whilst still part of the RAF's current order of battle. To celebrate this achievement, Air Commodore Pitchfork has compiled a chronological history of the squadron's main activities and personnel with the aim of illustrating the spirit, comradeship, and professionalism of the squadron. Taking its title from the squadron's motto, 'Vigilant', the book starts with the formation of Naval 8 as a scout squadron on the Western Front during the First World War. It then continues through the various conflicts that Naval 8/208 Squadron has played a key role in, including the Second World War and Gulf War. The unit's move to Egypt in the inter-war years as an army co-operation squadron, which inspired the Gizah Sphinx motif for 208 Squadron, is also covered. Its modern-day role as an advanced flying training squadron concludes the squadron's story. This history has been written with the use of important sources from the squadron's archives, along with interviews from veterans and current members of the squadron. It also has the support of 208's Old Comrade's Association, which was pioneered and fostered by its first CO, Air Vice-Marshal Sir Geoffrey Bromet. The association is very active and one of the longest serving and strongest associations within the RAF. AUTHOR: Air Commodore Graham Pitchfork spent thirty-six years in the RAF, as a navigator, and commanded 208 Squadron. He was Director of Air Warfare and, before retiring in 1995, was a Director of Military Intelligence at the Ministry of Defence. Now living in Gloucestershire, Graham is the author of several aviation books, including 'Buccaneer Boys' and 'The Sowreys' (Grub Street). In 2012 Graham received both the Guild of Air Pilots and Air Navigators Award for Aviation Journalism and the Air Power Association Award of the CP Robertson Memorial Trophy for his services to aviation writing. Colour and b/w illustrations

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781910690147
ISBN-10: 1910690147
Format: Hardback
(240mm x 170mm x 30mm)
Pages: 224
Imprint: Grub Street Publishing
Publisher: Grub Street Publishing
Publish Date: 1-Apr-2016
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Graham Pitchfork

Graham Pitchfork spent 36 years in the RAF, as a navigator, and commanded 208 Squadron. He was Director of Air Warfare and, before retiring in 1995, was a Director of Military Intelligence at the Ministry of Defence. Now living in Gloucestershire, Graham is the author of several aviation books, including Buccaneer Boys and The Sowreys (Grub Street).

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