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Cinderella Service: RAF Coastal Command 1939 - 1945: RAF Coastal Command 1939-1945 Kindle Edition
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It's with some shame that it has taken over 65yrs before a truly competent & detailed publication has appeared about the exploits of RAF Coastal Command. It's more favoured kin of Fighter & Bomber Commands, have been almost exhaustively mined over the intervening decades, yet bar for the odd book here & there Coastal Commands efforts & history have been sidelined to a few sentences or notations. Hendrie's book will remain the unofficial history of Coastal Command for many a year, and it will fly that flag with pride, for such is the quality of Hendrie's work.
We see how Coastal Command grew from a motley collection of some 240 odd wholly unsuitable aircraft for the most part in 1939. To a large efficient machine of around 1000 modern aircraft, with many specialist features & missions to boot. The book is broken down into 9 chapters, with the first two covering aircraft types & weapons accordingly. We see how Coastal Command struggled to get the aircraft it required, especially in the face of determined opposition from Bomber Command and also to some extent Churchill himself. The early make do collection was gradually replaced by more usable types, able to perform the tasks asked of it. Weaponry, as in any war develops at a pace and that was no different here. The aerial depth charge being Coastal Commands prime weapon is discussed in some depth, along with torpedoes, rockets and guns. The author makes due note of the initiative shown by the men of 10 Sqn RAAF, who employed some 18 machine guns on some of there aircraft early in the war, before being reined in by the powers that be.Read more ›
A bit light on the technical developments of ASW, especially ASV radar - read it in conjunction with Alfred Price's "Instruments of Darkness".
Would also have benefited from more consideration of ASW in the Mediterranean and the Pacific but that is strictly outside of his remit and covered in his other books.
Nevertheless a good starting point for the missing history of RAF Coastal Command.
However I would recommend it to people who want to get a deeper understanding of what the Coastal Command Aiorcrews had to go through to get the job done.
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These books have been given to our grandsons on behalf of my father who is 97, as Christening presents so that one day they will learn what their great grandfather did in the war.Published on 6 Nov. 2013 by Val60
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