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By Roy Conyers Nesbit

ISBN-10: 1473839335

ISBN-13: 9781473839335

Roy Nesbit's hugely illustrated heritage of Coastal Command's 217 Squadron - the squadron during which he served - provides a first-hand perception into the dangerous low-level missions the squadron flew opposed to enemy delivery and ports in the course of the moment global battle. He chronicles the squadron's operations from the outbreak of battle while it patrolled in Avro Ansons over the Western methods to the English Channel. Then got here the main excessive interval of its wartime profession while, flying Beauforts, it focused on minelaying and assaults on delivery alongside the west coast of German-occupied France. It additionally fastened bold raids on large U-boat bunkers and different enemy installations. the tale of those risky operations, within which many plane have been misplaced and airmen have been killed, makes up the main memorable portion of the narrative. yet Roy Nesbit takes the squadron's tale all over to the later years of the conflict whilst, after a quick or even extra harmful interval flying from Malta which will sink enemy delivery within the Mediterranean, it used to be established in Ceylon and was once re-equipped with Beaufighters for the conflict opposed to the japanese. as well as telling the tale of the squadron and the lads who served in it, the narrative describes the stipulations persevered by means of the French humans within the ports 217 attacked, and it covers the raids introduced opposed to German coastal bases after the squadron had moved to the some distance East. An Expendable Squadron can be soaking up studying for an individual who has a unique curiosity within the heritage of Coastal Command, within the airplane 217 Squadron flew, and within the event of strive against flying seventy years in the past.

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I did not enter the sortie in my flying log book, for fear of getting in trouble for flying while still in civilian clothes, but A pilot in a Beaufort looking towards a sergeant navigator seated by his chart table in the nose. The aircraft was so noisy that they had to use the intercom, even at this short distance. (Author’s collection) 58 An Expendable Squadron The navigator’s position in a Beaufort, looking forward from the right of the pilot’s seat. Chart table and swivel seat are on the left, a ‘course-setting’ bombsight is in the nose and the instrument panel is on the right.

Two turned back to St Eval, still carrying their mines. One flew on to Lorient, found it covered with cloud, and then turned back to St Eval with its mine. The fifth Beaufort, flown by Pilot Officer Nelson Webb, who had been awarded a DFM and also commissioned, also tackled Lorient. Webb seems to have come down through cloud and found the target, but his Beaufort was shot down by flak and there were no survivors. 50 An Expendable Squadron Two views of Beaufort I serial L4463 of 217 Squadron, which crashed near Vannes in Western France on the night of 16/17 December 1940, after being hit by flak on the outward flight for an attack on the docks at Bordeaux.

Archives de Bordeaux, via Geneviève Moulard) South-Western Approaches 49 An Italian submarine (left) alongside a German U-boat, moored in La Pallice harbour. (Archives départmentales de la Charente-Maritime, ref: 62 Fi789, via Geneviève Moulard) Meanwhile, 217 Squadron continued its night bombing attacks against the French ports. On 18 December, another long-range attack was attempted against the docks at Bordeaux. S. Petch, ran out of fuel shortly before reaching the English coast on the return flight.

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