OCEAN BRIDGE : THE HISTORY OF RAF FERRY COMMAND.

Christie, Carl. A.


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Midland, Leicester, 1st Eng., ed., 1995. Xx + 458 pp., photo-plates. D.j., 23 x 15cm. FINE. At the beginning of the Second World War there was no thought of delivering planes by air across the Atlantic. It was assumed to be too costly and too dangerous, especially in winter. Despite this initial reluctance, between the fall of 1940 and the spring of 1945, RAF Ferry Command’s mixed civilian and military crews flew almost ten thousand aircraft, mainly American-built, to operational squadrons overseas. This created the basis for the network of international air routes and procedures that commercial travellers now take for granted. The book provides the first full account of the genesis, history, and importance of Ferry Command – an often-overlooked contribution to Allied victory and aviation history.


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