Military Airfields of Britain: East Midlands [Cambridgeshire, Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire]
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This series of books provides a fresh user-friendly look at the military airfields of the British Isles. The series is split geographically, each book including a number of counties on a regional basis. Entries cover every military airfield within the counties, from WW1 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
This Region is famous as one of the main base areas for Bomber Command in World War Two - from here bombers of the operational Groups, especially No.1 Group. fought a six-year campaign, starting with Battles and Wellingtons and ending with the destructive power of hundreds of Lancasters.
However, the East Midlands had also been an important aviation area in World War One, as part of the Home Defence network and as a location for training airfields. But it was with World War Two that the counties in this Region saw a massive expansion in numbers of airfields, including American air bases, and contributed both to offensive operations and, from the Battle of Britain onwards, defensive day and night fighter ops. During the Cold War the Region remained in the front-line, with V-bomber bases and, for a short period, the Thor strategic missile system.RRP: £16.99
" Sir I enjoyed this book immensely as I have a great interest in local Airfields (my late father was a civilian, Electrician, based at Wyton for 40 years from 1938) and before I retired I travelled around East Anglia as a sales manager which gave me the opportunities to trace old airfields. Two comments 1) Why was there no mention of Kimbolton Airfield in the book? 2) A minor point, the Public House in Woodhurst, the village I came from, was called the Travellers Arms not the Travellers Rest. Thank you Alan Clark"
Review Type: Customer
Posted By: Alan Clark
Military Airfields of Britain: East Anglia [Norfolk and Suffolk]
Military Airfields of Britain: Wales and West Midlands [Cheshire, Hereford and Worcester, Northamptonshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Warwickshire, West Midlands, Wales]
Military Airfields of Britain: Southern England [Kent, Hampshire, Surrey and Sussex]