Bowyer, C. & Ishoven, A. V.


New ed., 1994. 256 pp., numerous photo-ills., + ills. D.j., 30 x 22cm. Some minor splits/repairs to edges of d.j. o/w V.G.+. First published in the Ian Allan ‘At War’ Series, this is the history of two aeroplanes that were the backbone of RAF Bomber Command in the early years of World War II. The most versatile but much-maligned Halifax played its part in a wide variety of roles and theatres of operations – from flak-torn night skies over north-west Europe, to the swirling sands of the North African desert; from the bleak waters of the North Atlantic, to top-secret 'cloak and dagger' operations. The Vickers Wellington, meanwhile, was RAF Bomber Command's leading twin-engined medium bomber from 1939 to 1943 and from then on the Wellington's specialised variants went on in service through the war period and beyond until 1953. Long range general reconnaissance bombers with Coastal Command, torpedo-bombers, transports – its varied roles and theatres of operations (Britain, Middle East, North Africa, Italy and India) explain why total production was over 11,000 machines. There are recollections from airmen of both aircraft, together with an impressive selection of contemporary photographs.

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