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Description - The Millionaires' Squadron by Tom Moulson

601 (Auxiliary) Squadron of the RAF is famed for a host of reasons. Notable for the social calibre of its members, gleaned from the eccentric and elite membership of the exclusive White's Club, London, (upon inception in 1924) the unit came to be known as 'The Millionaires' Squadron', seeing real action in the Battles of Britain and Malta, with many of its members securing distinguished victories. Despite their social rank, they were thrust right into the heart of the action, with mortality proving to be the great social leveller. From pampered pre-war lifestyles to perilous front-line deployment, their career trajectories featured the kind of radical changes of pace and focus that war alone engenders. In the process, the members of 601 were changed forever. Notable individuals to play a part in the history of the Squadron include Lord Edward 'Ned' Grosvenor, Sir Philip Sassoon, Sir Nigel Norman (later developer of Heston airport and designer of many others), Loel Guinness, Whitney Straight, Max Aitken, and Roger Bushell, mastermind of the Great Escape. Despite the fact that the squadron's second commanding officer, Sir Philip Sassoon, had to be 'helped' to win his wings, and that the members were often suspected by regulars of lacking sufficient experience and commitment, they went on to prove themselves in a variety of heroic ways. When called to action, they more than proved their mettle, as Moulson relays in this well-written, often humorous account of the squadron's exploits. Originally published in 1964 to great acclaim, this second edition features a wealth of brand new content in the form of newly uncovered documentation and photo illustrations. It is set to bring the story of this eccentric and dynamic squadron to a whole new audience of aviation and military enthusiasts. AUTHOR: Tom Moulson is a retired business executive and former pilot on 601 Squadron (County of London) Royal Auxillary Air Force from 1950 until its disbandment in 1957. This book is based on his earlier one published in 1964 and titled 'The Flying Sword: The Story of 601 Squadron'. Taking advantage of the wealth of new information that has come to light since the first edition was released, this new edition looks set to bring the eccentric, often scandalous, but ultimately heroic endeavours of this intriguing branch of the RAF to a much wider audience. 40 b/w images

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781783463398
ISBN-10: 1783463392
Format: Hardback
(234mm x 156mm x 0mm)
Pages: 256
Imprint: Pen & Sword Aviation
Publisher: Pen & Sword Books Ltd
Publish Date: 9-Jul-2014
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Tom Moulson

Tom Moulson is a retired business executive and former pilot on 601 Squadron (County of London) Royal Auxillary Air Force from 1950 until its disbandment in 1957. This book is based on his earlier one published in 1964 and titled The Flying Sword: The Story of 601 Squadron. Taking advantage of the wealth of new information that has come to light since the first edition was released, this new edition looks set to bring the eccentric, often scandalous, but ultimately heroic endeavours of this intriguing branch of the RAF to a much wider audience. Tom currently resides in California.

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