By Roy Conyers Nesbit
Roy Nesbit's hugely illustrated historical past of Coastal Command's 217 Squadron - the squadron within which he served - supplies a first-hand perception into the dangerous low-level missions the squadron flew opposed to enemy delivery and ports through the moment global conflict. He chronicles the squadron's operations from the outbreak of conflict while it patrolled in Avro Ansons over the Western ways to the English Channel. Then got here the main extreme interval of its wartime occupation while, flying Beauforts, it focused on minelaying and assaults on delivery alongside the west coast of German-occupied France. It additionally fastened bold raids on large U-boat bunkers and different enemy installations. the tale of those harmful operations, within which many plane have been misplaced and airmen have been killed, makes up the main memorable part of the narrative. yet Roy Nesbit takes the squadron's tale all through to the later years of the struggle while, after a quick or even extra harmful interval flying from Malta for you to sink enemy delivery within the Mediterranean, it was once established in Ceylon and used to be re-equipped with Beaufighters for the conflict opposed to the japanese. as well as telling the tale of the squadron and the lads who served in it, the narrative describes the stipulations persisted by way of the French humans within the ports 217 attacked, and it covers the raids introduced opposed to German coastal bases after the squadron had moved to the a ways East. An Expendable Squadron may be soaking up studying for a person who has a unique curiosity within the historical past of Coastal Command, within the airplane 217 Squadron flew, and within the event of strive against flying seventy years in the past.
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He survived when the aircraft crashed but evaded capture and eventually reached Gibraltar via Spain and Portugal, only to lose his life on 23 Kay 1941 in Catalina AH560 en route to England. (Tom Massey) The weather inhibited flying for the next few nights, but on 24 December Flying Officer Robert Robertson took off from St Eval on an air test. The Beaufort stalled, crashed and burst into flames, killing him immediately. This was not the end of the calamities in December. D. Tilson did not return, for an unknown reason.
The first began the early morning of the 10th when the ‘Phoney War’ suddenly came to an end and the Germans suddenly invaded Belgium and Holland. In South-Western Approaches 29 response the British Expeditionary Force advanced into Belgium but the enemy made an additional and unexpected thrust through the Ardennes, between the British and French lines. These attacks were preceded by Ju 87 Stuka divebombers fitted with screamers and delivering their loads with pinpoint accuracy. Then came armoured divisions headed by Panzerkampfwagen III tanks and followed by motorised infantry, covered by swarms of Luftwaffe fighters and bombers.
The headquarters of Admiral Karl Dönitz at Lorient, situated at LarmorPlage near the dry dock of Kernével and only a short distance from the U-boat bunkers. The ground floor was protected by a thick concrete fortification and there were blockhouses in the grounds. It was known as the ‘House of Sardines’ by the U-boat crews. d. Günther Heinrich) South-Western Approaches 43 Dönitz held daily conferences with his staff in these headquarters. Its walls were covered with maritime charts on which little flags were pinned showing positions of U-boats and whatever was known of enemy vessels and their probable courses.
An Expendable Squadron : The Story of 217 Squadron, Coastal Command, 1939-1945 by Roy Conyers Nesbit