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Description - Stirlings in Action with the Airborne Forces by Dennis J. Dr. Williams

This is the history of two RAF squadrons which shared the task of dropping agents and supplies on behalf of the Special Operations Executive, took part in the D-Day landings, suffered heavy losses at Arnhem, dropped Special Air Service troops behind enemy lines and were involved with the Rhine crossing that sealed Germany's fate in 1945. Both squadrons flew the Short Stirling from Leicester East, then Fairford and finally Great Dunmow. Although there was a healthy rivalry between personnel serving on 190 and 620 Squadrons, there was a deep sense of camaraderie that forged bonds between them. Many of the operations involved a lone aircraft flying at night, using visual navigation to find the small pinpricks of light where resistance forces were waiting to receive agents and supplies. There were also tasks of towing gliders and dropping paratroops that demanded skilled piloting and navigation. Apart from his research into operational records and archive material, the author has found many ex-squadron members who have captured many unique moments from sixty years ago and thus made it possible to tell their story. AUTHOR: Dennis Williams has had a lifelong fascination with aviation, and gained his Private Pilot's Licence at the age of 17, on completion of an RAF Flying Scholarship. After graduating form the University of Birmingham, he joined the Ministry of Defence as a materials scientist, specializing in semiconductors and ceramics. Having been invilved in a wide variety of archaeological and local history projects over the years, he recently returned to university to obtain a degree in archaeology. He now works as a finds specialist with the Worcestershire Historic Environment and Archaeology Service. b/w photos throughout

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781844156481
ISBN-10: 1844156486
Format: Hardback
(240mm x 153mm x 0mm)
Pages: 342
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Publisher: Pen & Sword Books Ltd
Publish Date: 20-Aug-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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