This is an amazing story in which the author sets out the story of 618 Squadron RAF from its formation to the end of the war in Europe including a short but fruitless spell in the far east and Australia.
Originally formed to carry a previously untried 'bomb' at the same time as its more well known sister Squadron, 617 Squadron RAF of Dam Buster fame.
The idea was to drop or rather skim, a bouncing bomb over the torpedo net defences of the Tirpitz, a pocket battle ship of the Kriegsmarine hidden away in northern Norway where it was employed harassing the artic convoys.
The story is told extremely well by one of the founder members of the squadron. There are many anecdotes of the life of the crews who were kept somewhat in the dark as to their probable fate by the planners of the original mission coupled with the fact that could not share any misgivings with anyone outside the small 'need to know' circle. After much training and waiting for the right time the planned attack was abandoned since there was no viable escape for the crews once the mission had been completed available.
After the return from the Far East, a special detachment from the squadron was formed as part of Coastal Command and given the job of patrolling the Bay of Biscay in order to deny the Atlantic ports to the U-Boat flotillas of the Kriegsmarine. Fitted with a single 57mm cannon and going under the name 'Tsetse' these aircraft succesfully made life extremely difficult for the U-Boats returning from their Atlantic patrols
The book ends on a happier note for all concerned. It is well written informative and easy to follow with sufficient detail to keep even the most 'nit picky' historian happy added to which U-976, which lies in 50m of water of the coast of Noirmoutier.
The book includes many photographs of the crews, the aircraft and the targets.