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The Fleet Air Arm and the War in Europe, 1939 1945

by Hobbs, David Code: 61438 Format: Hardback / 440 pages Publication date: 04/02/2022 Availability: In stock at supplier. Usually dispatched 7-15 business days Price: AU $105.00

For the first time, this book tells the story of how naval air operations evolved into a vital element of the Royal Navys ability to fight a three-dimensional war against both the Kriegsmarine and Luftwaffe. An integral part of RN, the Fleet Air Arm was not a large organisation, with only 406 pilots and 232 front-line aircraft available for operations in September 1939. Nevertheless, its impact far outweighed its numbers it was an RN fighter that shot down the first enemy aircraft of the war, and an RN pilot was the first British fighter ace with 5 or more kills. The Fleet Air Arms rollcall of achievements in northern waters went on to include the Norwegian Campaign, the crippling of Bismarck, the gallant sortie against Scharnhorst and Gneisenau as they passed through the Channel, air attacks on enemy E-boats in the narrow seas, air cover for the Russian convoys, air attacks that disabled Tirpitz, and strikes and minelaying operations against German shipping in the Norwegian littoral that continued until May 1945. By the end of the war in Europe the FAA had grown to 3243 pilots and 1336 aircraft. This book sets all these varied actions within their proper naval context and both technical and tactical aspects are explained with thumb-nail descriptions of aircraft, their weapons and avionics. Cross reference with the Fleet Air Arm Roll of Honour has been made for the first time to put names to those aircrew killed in action wherever possible as a mark of respect for their determination against enemy forces on, above and below the sea surface which more often than not outnumbered them. The Fleet Air Arm and the War in Europe completes David Hobbs much-praised six-volume series chronicling the operational history of British naval aviation from the earliest days to the present. AUTHOR: David Hobbs served in the Royal Navy as a pilot, and later became the Curator of the Fleet Air Arm Museum. He has since established himself as an authoritative writer on naval aviation topics, with more than a dozen highly regarded books to his name. Of particular note is his series of Fleet Air Arm operational narratives covering the complete history of the service, in order of chronology from The Royal Navys Air Service in the Great War to The British Carrier Strike Fleet after 1945, all published by Seaforth since 2011. 140 b/w illustrations

Format: Hardback
Pages: 440
Availability: In stock at supplier. Usually dispatched 7-15 business days
Publisher: PEN & SWORD BOOKS LTD
Publication date: 04/02/2022
Country of publication: UNITED KINGDOM
Weight: 0 g
Dimensions: 234.00mm X 156.00mm
Code: 61438

DAVID HOBBS served in the Royal Navy as a pilot, and later became the Curator of the Fleet Air Arm Museum. He has since established himself as an authoritative writer on naval aviation topics, with more than a dozen highly regarded books to his name. Of particular note is his series of Fleet Air Arm operational narratives covering the complete history of the service, in order of chronology from _The Royal Navys Air Service in the Great War_ to _The British Carrier Strike Fleet after 1945_, all published by Seaforth since 2011.