Wragg, David.


Barnsley, 1st ed., 2004. Vi + 218 pp., 58 photo & other plates. D.j., 24 x 16cm. FINE. Two Cuttings Tipped-in. This is a narrative account of the operations of the Fairey Swordfish throughout World War Two. The most famous of these was the attack on the Italian fleet at Taranto, crippling three battleships and damaging several other ships as well as the seaplane base and an oil storage depot. The Swordfish played a prominent part in the Battle of Matapan and in the sinking of the BISMARCK. Less happily, Swordfishes were used in the unsuccessful and ill-prepared raid on the Germans at Petsamo and in the abortive attack on the battle cruisers SCHARNHORST and GNEISENAU during the Channel Dash in 1942. The introductory chapters describe the conceptual design aspects of the aircraft and a general overview of naval aviation at the onset of war sets the combat arena. The book includes personal accounts by naval airmen whilst lengthy appendices give details of crew training, operational Swordfish squadrons and standard convoy air patrol codenames.

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