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Ocean Bridge: History of RAF Ferry Command

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  • Hardcover: 458 pages
  • Publisher: University of Toronto Press; New edition edition (Sept. 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802006388
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802006387
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 17.1 x 24.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,326,299 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Christie has mastered a large body of documentation and interviews to write this historical account. Despite the enormous wealth of detail and a cast of thousands, he has managed to produce a clear narrative of interest to anyone who knows how challenging the Atlantic can be.'--Sidney Allinson "The Northern Mariner "

'There are scores of stories within the narrative, made vivid through the querying of those who took part. You read about their motives, fears, survivals and casualties...A fascinating special history.'--Douglas Fisher "Legion " --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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From the pioneer transatlantic flights of the interwar period and the early attempts to initiate regular commercial service, Christie traces London's decision to have aircraft, supplies, and passengers delivered across the Atlantic Ocean from Canada and the United States. Under the inspired leadership of a handful of Imperial Airways' captain-navigators, a group of civilian airmen from Britain, Canada, and the United States undertook to fly urgently needed bombers, maritime patrol aircraft, and transports to Europe for the RAF. This informal civilian organization was augmented by graduates of the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan in Canada and taken over by the RAF as Ferry Command in 1941. Some five hundred aircrew, as well as sixty passengers, lost their lives in accidents; Major Sir Frederick Banting, the discoverer of insulin, was killed in the first fatal crash of the ferry service. Ocean Bridge chronicles an often overlooked contribution to Allied victory and aviation history. By war's end the ferry service, through its various incarnations, had created the basis for the network of international air routes and procedures that commercial travellers now take for granted. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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My interest was sparked as my father was killed in an Air crash. He was listed as a "civilian". My question was what was a civilian doing on a military aircraft. Was it a secret mission? This book began to put everything into context. I could not of imagined the scale of operation revealed by this narrative. Clandestine? Yes, but in reality an "open secret", that was highly paid, as compensation for the real and ever presents dangers. It shows a band of young adventures, who took incredible risks for incredible rewards. A revelation to the supply chains of World War2.
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HASH(0x99cee6c0) out of 5 stars A great researched history of how we got our stuff 26 April 2015
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I'm a student of military history, and find this book fills a niche in an area not often covered in the history of WWII. It is not the glamorous stories we are used to, of in your face armed combat in the air. It is of unsung heroes who maintained the supply lines and logistics of making victory possible and the obstacles and problems they overcame. A great researched history of how we got our stuff, over there, to make victory possible.
HASH(0x99f2c2f4) out of 5 stars A well-documented and thoroughly interesting account of RAF Ferry Command. 29 July 2013
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A very detailed but readable history of the RAF Ferry Command. Apart from the historical treatment of Ferry Command there are many fascinating personal accounts. Extremely well-researched and documented. The few essential maps included could have been reproduced larger to make them easier to read.
HASH(0x99f2c1f8) out of 5 stars Full of fascinating history and information about the ferrying of ... 4 Oct. 2015
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Full of fascinating history and information about the ferrying of aircraft, and above all about the airmen and other people involved in the delivery of the planes.
HASH(0xa1cf0258) out of 5 stars Four Stars 31 Mar. 2015
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