Military Airfields of Britain: Scotland and Northern Ireland
|PUBLISHED (THIS EDITION):||21/10/2010|
|INSIDE:||250 black & white photographs and diagrams|
This series of books, based on the author's popular series for Flypast magazine, provides a fresh user-friendly look at the military airfields of Britain. The books, each of which includes a number of counties on a regional basis, are designed for the historian, the tourist and anyone with an interest in their local area. Entries cover every military airfield within the counties, from World War One to the present day, and comprise:
- Brief history of the airfield, construction and use including decoy sites
- Comprehensive list of flying units with dates and aircraft types
- List of HQ units based at the airfield
- Details of memorials
- Maps and plans of almost every airfield
- Location details
- Selection of period photographs
The two areas covered here are often believed to have been an aviation backwater, but this is by no means a true picture: both played major roles in both World Wars. In 1914 - 18 they were home to training bases and, in the coastal regions, maritime patrol bases that were vital in procecting shipping against U-boats.
During World War Two the maritime role was once again dominant and the exploits of the Coastal Command Strike Wings were legendary; less well known but equally vital were the thousands of hours of patrols hunting or gathering weather information. Training was once again a major function as the region's airfields were reasonably safe from air attack. During the Cold War these areas remained crucial, Shackletons and later Nimrods provided maritime cover as the Russian submarine threat increased and fighters at places such as Leuchars held 'Q' [alert] to prevent Russian nuclear bombers making pre-emptive strikes.
Site Price: £13.59
" Whilst the majority of the information is available in various public records and published works, the beauty of this series is that it brings it all together in a single volume that can be carried in a car glove box or rucksack. The author is to be congratulated on completing this massive undertaking. This series will be the standard field reference work for airfield researchers for many years to come. "
Review Type: Press
Reviewed By: Airfield Review
" To summarise, this is a well-produced, sensibly laid out and inexpensive reference tool, which would be a useful addition to any enthusiast's bookshelf or glovebox. "
Review Type: Press
Reviewed By: Ulster Aviation Society