A comprehensive review of Bomber Command’s airfields in Yorkshire, reviewed alphabetically. The author has assembled a collection of reviews of airfields in one geographic area of Britain during WWII that were primarily, or exclusively. used as bomber bases – Highly Recommended.
NAME: Bomber Command Airfields of Yorkshire FILE: R2582 AUTHOR: Peter Jacobs PUBLISHER: Pen & Sword BINDING: soft back PAGES: 222 PRICE: £14.99 GENRE: Non Fiction SUBJECT: WWII, World War Two, World War 2, Second World War, obsolescent warplanes, medium bombers, heavy bombers, Yorkshire, concrete aircraft carrier, Bomber Command, RAF ISBN: 1-78346-331-2 IMAGE: B2582.jpg BUYNOW: http://tinyurl.com/ycm2yoa8 LINKS: DESCRIPTION: A comprehensive review of Bomber Command's airfields in Yorkshire, reviewed alphabetically. The author has assembled a collection of reviews of airfields in one geographic area of Britain during WWII that were primarily, or exclusively. used as bomber bases – Highly Recommended. WWII saw the British Isles turned into a giant concrete aircraft carrier off the coast of German Occupied Europe. Inevitably the East Coast saw the greatest concentration of airfields because it was closest tot he targets. Not all bases were newly built. Some dated from WWI and a handful had seen some use before 1914. However, the majority were built from 1940 and in most cases featured hard runways. To speed work and save materials, there was some use of part runways so that heavy fully laden bombers could taxi out from their hangers to a short length of runway that was expected to be long enough for them to rotate at V2 and become airborne before reaching the end of the concrete. The runway then continued to the boundary as a cut grass strip, ensuring a more than adequate clear path as the heavy aircraft struggled to gain height. It also provided for those that failed to reach flying speed, or landed with damaged brakes and control surfaces. One challenge that became ever more taxing was in fitting in new airfields in an already overcrowded landscape. The RAF had to allow for bomber and fighter bases for its own aircraft and facilities for Fleet Air Arm squadrons ashore. To that was added the need for USAAF bases. The result was that much of Eastern England saw airfields every seven miles. It is surprising that this did not result in more landing accidents. Long after WWII, Norwich Airport and RAF Coltishall were about seven miles apart, both with concrete runways on the same headings. Air traffic control at Norwich were surprised when two Lightning fighters landed, mistaking the Norwich St Faiths airfield for Coltishall. It is easy to imagine the challenges during WWII when the air was thick with aircraft returning from raids or setting off on raids, those returning often facing the added challenge of battle damage. The author has researched his subject well and provided a very interesting collection of images, reproduced through the body of the book. In particular the images include aircraft like the Whitley and Halifax that are not commonly used in illustration, being considered by many historians as less glamorous than the Lancasters and Mosquitoes.