Established in 1936, Coastal Command was the RAF’s only maritime arm. Throughout the war, its crews worked tirelessly alongside the Royal Navy to keep Britain’s vital sea lanes open. Together, they fought and won the Battle of the Atlantic, with RAF aircraft destroying 212 German U-Boats and sinking a significant tonnage of enemy warships and merchant vessels.
Often working alone and unsupported, undertaking long patrols out over opens seas, Coastal Command bred a special kind of airman. Alongside individuals such as Kenneth Moore, there were Allan Trigg, Kenneth Campbell and John Cruickshank, all of whom were awarded the Victoria Cross; Norman Jackson-Smith, a Blenheim pilot who flew in the Battle of Britain; Jack Davenport, who flew his Hampden to Russia; John Watson, the sole survivor of a Short Sunderland which was lost during a rescue mission; Sam McHardy, a Coastal Command ground coordinator posted aboard a Royal Navy destroyer for a raid on Norway in 1941; and Ken Gatward, who flew a unique daylight mission over Paris to drop a Tricolore on the Arc de Triomphe. Theirs are just some of the many action-packed stories revealed by the author.
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About the Author
Andrew also featured as one of the subjects in the internationally acclaimed artist Dryden Goodwin’s exhibition ‘Open Spaces’. Married with a daughter and son, he lives in Reading.
Table of Contents
Author's Note xii
Chapter 1 Wing Commander 'Jack' Davenport AC, DSO, DFC*, GM - 455 Squadron 1
Chapter 2 Wing Commander Edric 'Sam' McHardy DSO, DFC* CdeG Someone on my Shoulder 18
Chapter 3 Flying Officer Lloyd Trigg VC DFC Consolidated Courage 50
Chapter 4 Group Captain Gage 'Bill' Sise DSO* DFC* 66
Chapter 5 Flight Lieutenant Dennis Healy DSO NWC - High Arctic Flight 92
Chapter 6 Lieutenant Colonel Jean Maurice Guedj DSO, DFC* 118
Chapter 7 Wing Commander Roger Morewood MID 141
Chapter 8 Flying Officer Allan Triggs MBE, DFC and Flying Officer John Watson 167
Chapter 9 Flight Lieutenant 'Ken' Gatward DSO, DFC* and Sergeant Gilbert 'George' Fern 194
Selected Sources 243
Select Bibliography 257