BOOKS, E-BOOKS & MAGAZINES
of 214 Squadron
was one of the Brylcreem Boys
An autobiography of his time in the RAF. ISBN 9781481089593.
March East - The final days of Oflag 1X A/H and A/Z
- The Fifteen Ton Flying Fortress
Graham Simons and Harry Friedman Price: £19.99 ISBN: 9781848845381, Type: Hardback, Pages: 256
The Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress was the first American heavy bomber to see World War action when it was supplied to the RAF in 1941. Laden with abundant armaments, it had a massive and distinctive tail designed to improve its performance during high-altitude bombing, and went on to become one of the most famous and best-loved bombers of World War Two. The design of the B-17 originated in 1934 and included many highly advanced features for the time. Boeing continued to develop the aircraft as experience of the demands of long distance flying at high altitude was gained. When the USA entered World War Two, production of the aircraft was rapidly escalated and the Flying Fortress became the backbone of the USAAF in all theatres of war. This impressively researched book describes how the B-17 was built and utilises many previously unpublished photographs from the design studio and production lines. It illustrates and explains the many different roles that the aircraft took as the war progressed - heavy bomber, reconnaissance, anti-submarine and air-sea rescue operations - there were few tasks that this solid design could not undertake. Although other books exist which chronicle the history of this famous military aircraft, B-17: The Fifteen Ton Flying Fortress offers a fresh new approach that is as illuminating as it is fascinating. Using primary source documentation, it recounts the undoubted achievements alongside the shortcomings of design and operation that have otherwise received scant attention. It also delves into the surrounding murky world of power politics to deliver an intriguing account of all you never knew about the B-17. It will appeal to all with an interest in aviation or military history.
Graham Simons is a highly respected aviation historian and author. He has many contacts within the aviation industry that have resulted in him accessing the previously unpublished photographs shown in this book. American neuro-surgeon Dr Harry Friedman is a past-president of the Memphis Belle Memorial Association and a leading light in B-17 Co-Op, the B-17 aircraft owners and operators organisation.
To use images from the book or for further information, please contact Laura Wilkinson at Pen & Sword Books on Tel: 01226 734267 or via email at email@example.com.
FlyPast is internationally regarded as THE magazine for aviation history and heritage. Having pioneered coverage of this fascinating world of'living history' since 1980. FlyPast still leads the field today.
Michael Cumming's original work, based on family archives, official records and interviews of those who knew Cranswick, has been extended and updated with new material and previously unpublished photographs. Flying High Publishers presents the 50th anniversary edition of Pathfinder Cranswick as an ongoing tribute to one of the Royal Air Force's most distinguished and accomplished pilots, who flew the most operational missions. 'To look back at a boy-man so simply courageous and so selfless is an inspiration both rare and elevating' - Air Vice-Marshal D.C.T. Bennett, C.B., C.B.E., D.S.O. Squadron Leader Alec Cranswick, D.S.O., D.F.C., was an 'unsung hero', yet he reached a unique position in command of a bomber crew, exceeding 100 operational missions, latterly with Path Finder Force with whom he flew Halifax and Lancaster aircraft to pinpoint major targets as far afield from the P.F.F. bases in Britain as Pilsen in Czechoslovakia, Peenemunde on the Baltic coastline, and Berlin. Carefully-crafted and interwoven with the experiences of other flyers linked to him through the school he attended or the squadrons with whom he flew, Pathfinder Cranswick is a narrative in aviation history that makes compelling reading for succeeding generations.
Available from 15 March 2012
the Distance: The Life and Times of Marshal of the Royal Air Force Sir Michael
Sir Michael Beetham enjoyed a long and distinguished career in the Royal Air Force. He joined the RAF as a pilot in 1941 and was awarded the DFC whilst serving with Bomber Command during 1943/44. Remaining in the post-war RAF, a number of flying and staff appointments followed. Notably he drafted the first specification for the ill-fated TSR 2 and later joined the V-Force as commanding officer of 214 Squadron at Marham. Beetham then served at the heart of Bomber Command s affairs when the V-Force was at the forefront of the Nation s defences. The most critical moment came with the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962. In 1964 he was given command of Khormaksar in Aden, the RAF s biggest overseas station. His arrival coincided with the start of a terrorist campaign against British forces in Aden. More senior appointments followed, notably as Commander 2nd Tactical Air Force and Commander-in-Chief RAF Germany, but the big prize came in 1977 when Beetham was appointed Chief of the Air Staff. In 1982 came the Argentine invasion of the Falkland Islands; as acting Chief of the Defence Staff, he was involved in the decision to send the Task Force to battle. After victory in the Falklands, Sir Michael Beetham handed over as CAS and was appointed Marshal of the Royal Air Force.
Sir Michael is currently the President of the 214 Squadron Association
Available from Amazon: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Stay-Distance-Marshal-Michael-Beetham/dp/1848325525/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1298496828&sr=1-1
Away; World War II Memoirs and Letters
Wing Commander John Leighton Beck's memoires "Chocks Away" recall his service in 214 Squadron and later 159 Squadron.
The book is available from Woodfield Publishing http://www.woodfieldpublishing.co.uk/contents/en-uk/p235.html
Also available from Amazon http://www.amazon.co.uk/Chocks-Away-World-Memoirs-Letters/dp/1846830389/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1298511056&sr=1-2
Wartime Log of F/Sgt. T.D.Glenn
Roz Glenn writes : My father-in-laws (Tom Glenn) POW Diaries are available from the link below. Rod, Toms grandson has published it for the family but so many people expressed an intererst in it that it is stocked through Tesco, Waterstones and Amazon.
ISBN 978 0956373373
OF WAR - Americans serving with the RAF and RCAF during Word War II by
Wally Peter Fydenchuk
Self published by Wally.
You can contact Wally directly at XXXwpf13@hotmail.com (remove the XXX before you send email)
Of A Bomber Pilot by Christopher Jary
biography of Flight-Lieutenant Jack Wetherly, DFC, who was killed in action
in a raid on Berlin in 1943, during his second tour of operations. The book
has been revised and edited with new information.
The son of Peggy and Captain Sydney Jary MC of The Royal Hampshire Regiment; Christopher, and his mother wrote Portrait of a Bomber Pilot.
More than an entertaining good read, the book is also a valuable research tool for those looking for further information on the squadron and a deeper understanding of life in the RAF during WW2. Group Captain Leonard Cheshire VC DSO DFC wrote the Foreword while Ian Lawson, Geoff Cole, Ray Glass, George McKeand, Nigel Walker, Ray Holmes, Don Smith, John Leighton Beck, Mervyn Leyshon and many of Jack's friends and contemporaries breathed life into the book with their vivid memories of those brave, sad times.
Available from Amazon http://www.amazon.co.uk/Portrait-Bomber-Pilot-Christopher-Jary/dp/0951207873/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1298510197&sr=1-1
web site: http://www.whsmith.co.uk/whs/go.asp
Available at Amazon: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Escape-Evasion-Cyril-Penna/dp/1852000082/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1298511578&sr=1-1
A book about
100 Group which came out recently. Alan Mercer, a 214 veteran has contributed
to the book.Also a photo of Sgt's White and Langhorn with 'their' B-17
Available from Amazon http://www.amazon.co.uk/Even-When-Sparrows-are-Walking/dp/0954296001/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1298509081&sr=1-1
Into the Wind DVD
Electric Egg are delighted to announce the release of Into the Wind on DVD. The DVD will be released on November 30th and is available to pre-order from today. The film is initially available in the UK, Australia and New Zealand, but theyare working on making it available in other territories.
film is an insightful and touching documentary relating the experiences
of Second World War aircrew veterans of Bomber Command through their own
words and sadly in many cases for the last time.
As well as a document of unique historical value and significance, Into the Wind is a record of deeply personal stories, tales of friendships gained and lost, the perpetual possibility and proximity of death, the importance of love and family, the moral implications of warfare
and their shared love of flying.
Into the Wind features a evocative original score by composer Hugh Cowling, previously unseen archive material and is director, Steven Hatton ’s first feature length documentary. It will be broadcast on UK TV on Yesterday Channel in 2012.
The DVD includes the 72 minute director's cut of Into the Wind, exclusive extras short documentaries and trailers, chapter selection menus and optional subtitles.
Extra features include:
•New Zealand at War: A 22 minute documentary looking at New Zealanders in Bomber Command. This film was made for the opening of the new aviation display hall at the Museum of Transport and Technology in Auckland, New Zealand.
•Ken Wallis. Aviator: A 13 minute documentary portrait of Ken Wallis' career in aviation from his days in Bomber Command to his ground breaking autogyro designs.
•Into the Wind trailer.
•The trailer for Steven Hatton 's new documentary, Heilig.
•A short film in which former Halifax pilot Dick Smith talks through the workings of the aircraft.
The DVD is priced (including postage & packaging) at £14.99 for UK delivery or £18.99 for Australian or New Zealand delivery.
To order please visit their website http://www.intothewind.co.uk/#/dvd/
Honeybourne Evesham, Wores. WR11 7PL
Tel: +44 (0) 1386 832665
DL3 7LP England