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BASES OF BOMBER COMMAND THEN AND NOW...
BASES OF BOMBER COMMAND THEN AND NOW
ISBN: 1 870067 35 5
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Sixty years ago over 100 aerodromes in east and north-eastern England were occupied by the men and machines of RAF Bomber Command. The tenure of the majority of the bases was brief - some six years - but during that time more than 55,000 men lost their lives while flying from them to attack targets on the Continent.
Split into seven operational groups, the airfields of Bomber Command formed the cornerstone of Britain's efforts to carry on the war against Germany in the years before the landings in Normandy. Thereafter they played their part in the battle against the V-weapons with one of the last raids of the war being carried out against Hitler's personal mountain retreat.
Each airfield has been explored and photographed in the 'then and now' style of Roger Freeman's previous books for After the Battle on the US Eighth and Ninth Air Forces. The physical development, construction and operational history of every airfield is described in detail and all are illustrated with wartime and present-day aerial photographs.
ISBN 1 870067 35 5
OVER 830 ILLUSTRATIONS
Airfields for Bombers - HEADQUARTERS Bomber Command - Bomber Command Organisation.
No. 1 GROUP - HQ Bawtry Hall - Binbrook - Blyton - Dunholme Lodge - Elsham Wolds - Faldingworth - Finningley - Fiskerton - Grimsby (Waltham) - Hemswell - Ingham (Cammeringham) - Kelstern - Kirmington - Lindholme (Hatfield Woodhouse) - Ludford Magna - North Killingholme - Scampton - Wickenby
Low Level to Germany.
No. 2 GROUP AND No. 100 GROUP - HQ Bylaugh Hall - Attlebridge - Bodney - Foulsham - Great Massingham - Horsham St Faith - Little Snoring - North Creake - Oulton - Sculthorpe - Swannington - Swanton Morley - Wattisham - Watton - West Raynham
The Airman's Letter.
No. 3 GROUP - HQ Exning House - Alconbury - Chedburgh - Downham Market - East Wretham - Feltwell - Honington - Lakenheath - Marham - Mepal - Methwold - Mildenhall - Newmarket - Ridgewell - Stradishall - Tempsford - Tuddenham - Waterbeach - Witchford - Wratting Common
The Bomber Command VCs.
No. 4 GROUP - HQ Heslington Hall - Breighton - Burn - Driffield - Elvington - Full Sutton - Holme-on-Spalding-Moor - Leconfield - Lissett - Melbourne - Pocklington - Rufforth - Snaith
No. 5 GROUP - HQ ST VINCENTS/Morton Hall - Balderton - Bardney - Bottesford - Coningsby - Cottesmore - East Kirkby - Fulbeck - Langar - Metheringham - Newton - North Luffenham - Skellingthorpe - Spilsby - Strubby - Swinderby - Syerston - Waddington - Wigsley - Woodhall Spa - Woolfox Lodge
Broadcast from Berlin.
No. 6 GROUP - HQ Allerton Park House - Croft - Dalton - Dishforth - East Moor - Leeming - Linton-on-Ouse - Middleton St George - Skipton-on-Swale - Tholthorpe - Topcliffe
Operation to Berlin.
No. 8 GROUP - HQ Castle Hill House - Bourn - Gransden Lodge - Graveley - Little Staughton - Oakington - Polebrook - Upwood - Warboys - Wyton
The Men and the Memorials
The Last Operational Aircrew over Europe.