The British Fleet Air Arm in World War II

The British Fleet Air Arm in World War II

Elite 165
  • Author: Mark Barber
  • Illustrator: Stephen Walsh, Mark Postlethwaite
  • Short code: ELI 165
  • Publication Date: 4 Jun 2008
  • Number of Pages: 64
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This is a concise history of the Royal Navy's air arm during World War II, from their Arctic convoys, to the battle of Malta, and the last raids on Japan. Amazingly, the Admiralty only had 406 operational pilots and eight carriers when war broke out, but a mere six years later there were over 3,000 operational pilots and 53 aircraft carriers patrolling the seas in every theatre of the war. This book charts the rapid evolution of the Fleet Air Arm during the war as air power took over at the cutting edge of naval warfare. Mark Barber's account is highly illustrated with photographs and specially commissioned full-colour artwork and offers an overview of the British Fleet Air Arm, from recruitment and training through to combat accounts. Discover some of the most dramatic actions of the war as Royal Navy aces battled against the Axis forces scoring both the first and last kills of the war.

Biographical Note

Lieutenant Mark Barber RN is a pilot based at RNAS Culdrose. His dissertation on the Fleet Air Arm in the Mediterranean in World War II was named as the best in the year at the Royal Navy academy, Dartmouth. He was named Best Aircrew Officer upon graduation of his class. His unlimited access to Royal Navy and Fleet Air Arm museum records and photos, has resulted in a book that is a worthy addition to the annals of British naval aviation.Stephen Walsh studied art at the North East Wales Institute. Since then he has worked mainly for the American historical board-game market, fulfilling a lifelong interest in historical subjects. His American works include the best-selling Settlers of Catan. He has also produced many pieces of artwork inspired by JRR Tolkien.

Contents

?ORIGINS OF THE AIR BRANCH
- World War I
- The interwar years
RECRUITMENT & TRAINING
- Pilots
- Observers
-Telegraphist Air Gunners
- Mechanics
- Fighter direction officers
- deck landing control officers
- Meteorologists
- Women's Royal Naval Service
COMMAND STRUCTURE
- Chain of command
- Squadron composition
- Embarked air groups
- Mixed squadrons
- Squadron numbering & markings
CAMPAIGNS
- 1939: the Western Approaches
- 1940: Norway - France & the Battle of Britain - the Mediterranean: Force H - the Taranto raid
- 1941: the Mediterranean - the Bismark
- 1942: the ‘Channel Dash' - the Malta convoys - Operation ‘Torch'
- 1943: Sicily & Italy - Victorious in the Far East
- 1944: the Tirpitz raids - the Normandy landings - Operation
‘Dragoon'
- 1944-45: the British Pacific Fleet: the East Indies - Okinawa -Japan
TACTICS
- Torpedo-bombers
- dive-bombers
- fighters
SOURCES & SELECT BIBLIOGRAPHY
PLATE COMMENTARIES
INDEX


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