Innes, David J.


Poole, 1st ed., 1985. 128 pp., various photo-plates + maps. D.j., 24 x 16cm. Pen to corner of f.f.e.p., (blank) o/w Nr.FINE. From bases in India No. 27 Squadron RAF contributed substantially to Allied victory in Burma in World War II. Their Beaufighters provided the ground force’s long range offensive air support and interdiction element. Their target area, the Irrawaddy River, the Arakan Coast and the many islands of the area, could only be reached by hazardous overseas, jungle and mountain flying. A considerable tactical advantage was the squadron’s ability to continue operations during the Monsoon season when all other combat aircraft, Allied and Japanese, were grounded by the treacherous weather. The Beaufighter was ideally suited to the harsh sub-tropical conditions and the tough, low-level, long-range combat environment. It’s heavy machine gun, cannon and rocket armament was viciously effective against tactical targets such as railways, bridges, sea craft, river craft, oil installations and troop concentrations. Drawing upon his own and other surviving aircrew’s memories, documents and log books, as well as official archives, the author, who flew with No. 27 during this period, has produced a vivid account of not only the operations and the Beaufighter war, but of the aircrews’ and ground-crews’ lives and problems. An uncommon book.

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