Merrick, K. A.


Classic, an Ian Allan imprint, 1st ed., 2009. 224 pp., numerous photo-ills., + some cold., ills. D.j., 31 x 23cm. FINE. As a military aircraft the Handley Page Halifax was unique ; it served in every conceivable role with distinction. With RAF Bomber Command it flew 75,532 bombing sorties over Germany. With Coastal Command, it mounted anti-submarine and shipping attacks, and undertook vital meteorological duties, including the historic D-Day weather measurements. The Halifax also undertook covert 'Special Duties', dropping agents and supplies behind enemy lines, including the team that attempted to assassinate SS commander Heydrich. At the testing and evaluation establishments of Boscombe Down and Farnborough, the Halifax was used on a wide range of armament development tests for all Bomber Command types and after World War II it had the distinction of being one of two types to open up the air bridge on the first day of the Berlin Air Lift. Post-war it was used by a number of foreign air forces, operating in a wide range of roles and as a civil transport throughout Europe, the Middle East and India before finally leaving RAF service in 1953. This magnificent and overdue, definitive study tells the story of the Halifax, with over 350 photographs, 15 specially commissioned colour profiles and many first-hand accounts.

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