Heroes of Coastal Command : The RAFs Maritime War 1939 - 1945 Hardback
Thirty was the number of minutes it took for one Coastal Command crew to sink two U-boats.
This remarkable achievement was carried out by the crew of Flying Officer Kenneth Kayo Moore in their 224 Squadron Liberator on the evening of 7/8 June 1944\.
Whilst patrolling the western end of the English Channel, Moore s crew first despatched U-629, followed, just under thirty minutes later, by U-373\.
The story of this remarkable engagement is just one of many recounted by the author in Heroes of Coastal Command. 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.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 256 pages, 16 illustrations
- Publisher: Pen & Sword Books Ltd
- Publication Date: 01/02/2018
- Category: Second World War
- ISBN: 9781526710697