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Handley Page Halifax: From Hell to Victory and Beyond [Hardcover]

K. A. Merrick
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20 Aug 2009
The name Handley-Page had been associated with the building of bomber aircraft since World War 1, thus it was no surprise that in 1936 the British Air Staff awarded the company with a development contract for another new aircraft. Four out of every ten heavy bombers built in Great Britain were Halifaxes, and together with the Avro Lancaster they shared the RAF's strategic night bombing offensive from 1941 through to the ultimate crescendo in 1944. Though perhaps not as shapely as the Lancaster, its deeper and more spacious slab-sided fuselage made it more suitable for a much wider variety of roles. The type served with RAF Bomber Command on high and low level attacks over occupied Europe and Germany, as well as undertaking radar counter-measures. It was used for Coastal Command on anti-submarine and shipping attacks, and also on the much overlooked but critical meteorological duties, such as making the historic D-Day weather analysis. During the war years the Halifax flew 75,532 bombing sorties over Germany dropping over 227,610 tons of bombs. In total 6,176 Halifax machines were built, undergoing continuous development and improvement through the years. Post war, it operated on Transport and Coastal Command duties, and served in Europe, the Middle East and India before finally leaving RAF service in 1953. The Halifax was a much-loved aircraft by the crews who flew in it, as it was able to absorb considerable battle damage and still manage to bring airmen safely back home; it had the highest survival rate for aircrew. Within these pages Ken Merrick has written an immense study of the impressive Handley-Page Halifax, setting out to prove that the type, for its time, was a bomber 'second to none'. This detailed work is the fruit of many years of research, including much new information about the development, design and service of the aircraft, and will be essential reading for aviation modellers and historians worldwide.

Product details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Classic Publications (20 Aug 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906537062
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906537067
  • Product Dimensions: 2.1 x 22.9 x 30.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 124,095 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A quite outstanding book on the Halifax 9 Oct 2009
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I was originally quite sceptical when I saw this book first advertised, thinking that it was a re hash of this author's book on the Halifax first published in 1980. How wrong could I be. This is a quite outstanding book containing many previously unpublished photographs and a very refreshing look at this quite superb aircraft. It gives a very detailed history of the development and in service history of a fine aircraft, and anyone interested in RAF Bomber Command and the Halifax Bomber should buy this book. Once you have read it you will never allow the Halifax to remain in the shadow of the more written about Lancaster. Very highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Deserved attention. 28 Jan 2011
Excellent book with lots of information and photo's about an aircraft which has always played second fiddle to the Avro Lancaster.
I'm pleased there are more people like me who think she deserves better!
Great buy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Billiant 23 Jan 2013
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I am in the middle of this book and can't put it down. Well written and the author obviously knows his stuff.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Halifax Bombers at Last 5 Oct 2009
Excellent book for the Halifax Bomber enthusiast. Has the balance of Technical Details, Photographs and crew stories just right.
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