Betts, Anthony.


Airfield Research Publishing, Ware, 1st ed., 1995. Vi + 151 pp., photo-ills., ills., maps + plans. P.c., with hard card effectively pasted to their verso by a previous owner ; 29 x 20cm. FINE. Behind the daily story of the activities of the RAF activities is the little-known story of the men who built the landing strips and airfields. Without their contribution many of our aeroplanes would not have flown. This book details the formative years of the Airfield Construction Service from its inception in 1939 through to the close of the war with the partial disbandment of the ACS. It includes eye-witness accounts, extracts from official records, contemporary newspapers and magazines. A theme running through is the late father of the author who served with 5202 Plant Squadron driving a Galion Grader from 1943 to 1946. The ACS constructed airfields using both temporary and permanent construction and all the required services in Iceland, the Azores, the Middle East, Malta, Singapore, Hong Kong as well as on the continent soon after D-Day. They were the first Allied troops to liberate Hong Kong after the surrender of the Japanese. SCARCE.

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