Separate Little War: The BANFF Coastal Command Strike Wing Versus the Kreigsmarine and Luftwaffe 1944 - 1945

Separate Little War: The BANFF Coastal Command Strike Wing Versus the Kreigsmarine and Luftwaffe 1944 - 1945

by Andrew Bird

Paperback(Revised, Updated ed.)

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Every day for nine months from September 1944, young British Commonwealth and Norwegian airmen flew from Banff, Fraserburgh and Peterhead in northern Scotland to target German U-boats, merchant men and freighters in the fjords and leads of southwest Norway, encountering the Luftwaffe and flakships every step of the way. Truly this was a war within a war, bitter and bloody, at low level and close quarters. By recording their crucial contribution to winning the world war, in a compelling, accurate and fascinating way, Andrew Bird has ensured their memory will not be overlooked.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781906502133
Publisher: Grub Street
Publication date: 12/23/2008
Edition description: Revised, Updated ed.
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Andrew Bird is a historian of the Second World War, as well as a writer and broadcaster.

He has written two military aviation history books on RAF Coastal Command: A Separate Little War (Grub Street) HB 2003, 2005, PB 2008 Kindle 2012, and Coastal Dawn (Grub Street) HB 2012. Andrew's new style of writing for Coastal Dawn was a hit with readers going straight into the No 3 Spot of the Amazon top ten-bestseller list for the Battle of Britain.

Andrew has also taken part in historical documentaries: 2012 he was a consultant and contributor for War Heroes In My Family (Series 1) on Channel 5, made by 360 Productions. Acting as a consultant on BBC Who Do You Think You Are (Series 10) for Wall-to-Wall Media, which was transmitted in July 2013.

He is a full-time creative graphic designer, and has worked for an eclectic mix of people: Sir Julian Rose - Harwick Estates Organic's, George Harrison, Robert Hardy, Vince Hill and Rachel Goswell (of Slowdive, Mojave 3) to Reading Outreach Programme, HHR, Leander Club, The Guardian Media Group and Waitrose (part of the John Lewis Partnership).

Andrew was drawn by internationally acclaimed artist Dryden Goodwin for his 'Open' exhibition.

He is a member of the Society of Authors, and lives in Berkshire - in Elizabeth Taylors (the writer) former house.

Table of Contents

Foreword 4

Acknowledgements 5

Introduction 9

Chapter 1 Operations Begin 13

Chapter 2 RAF Banff Aerodrome 17

Chapter 3 September 1944 22

Chapter 4 October 1944 39

Chapter 5 November 1944 62

Chapter 6 December 1944 75

Chapter 7 Mosquitoes Hit Leirvik on Boxing Day 101

Chapter 8 January 1945 111

Chapter 9 Wing Loses Five Mosquitoes in One Operation 122

Chapter 10 February 1945 133

Chapter 11 Austri 140

Chapter 12 March 1945 149

Chapter 13 The War Draws to a Close 171

Chapter 14 What Happened to 'F' for Freddie? 176

Chapter 15 U-Boats Run the Gauntlet 179

Chapter 16 Mosquitoes Destroy German Aircraft from II and III/KG 26 191

Chapter 17 May 1945 - The Final Days 196

Chapter 18 Post War Banff 206

Conclusion 211

Poems 212

Appendix 1 19 Group Coastal Command Deployment as at 1st September 1944 214

Appendix 2 18 Group Coastal Command Deployment as at 1st January 1945 215

Appendix 3 18 Group Coastal Command Deployment as at 1st April 1945 216

Appendix 4 Loss List 217

Appendix 5 Inventory of Aircraft 220

Coat of Arms of the Banff Strike Wing 226

Glossary & Abbreviations 227

Bibliography and Sources 231

Index 232

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