Smith, David J.


Wellingborough, 1st ed., 1989. 249 pp., profusely illustrated with photo-ills., maps & plans. D.j., 24 x 16cm. FINE. Published to complement the Action Stations series, this book also stands on its own as a detailed look at the development of military airfields in Britain from the days before the First World War to 1945, when their numbers reached an all-time high. As well as strategic requirements, site selection, planning and construction, the author also covers the story of the paved runway debate, Royal Naval Air Stations flying boat bases, Satellite Landing Grounds, and support functions such as bombing and firing ranges, buildings, camouflage, lighting and navigation aids. There is also a comprehensive list of airfield memorials, providing a fitting tribute to people vital to Britain’s defence.

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