By Martin W. Bowman
This spell binding generation from Martin Bowman information all of the different and dynamic operations at sea performed through RAF Coastal Command opposed to the U-boats and the German military through the moment international warfare. starting with the disastrous Norwegian crusade, it takes within the various assaults at the bustling German submarine base at Lorient, the assault on Brest, in addition to many different pivotal and noteworthy occasions to liven up the historical past of the sea-lanes in the course of the moment global conflict. Battles with the U-boats are delivered to the fore, with information and stories not just of the RAF pilots of Catalinas, Whitleys, Hudsons and Sunderlands, but additionally these of the distinct U-boat crews. In scenes corresponding to ‘Das Boot’ German (and Italian) U-boat crews inform in their fears and reports whereas below depth-charge assault and hearth from above through Liberators, Fortresses, Halifaxes, Sunderlands and Mosquitoes.
The 'big-game recreation' of 'hunting U-boats', because it was once termed, is relayed in complete and gripping aspect, with firsthand bills from U-boat attackers punctuating Bowman's dramatic prose and resting along these of the German submariners. This two-sided historical past is certain to attract all lovers drawn to gaining a balanced perception into moment international conflict naval heritage.
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Within two days Squadron Leader Craven was back with his Sunderland at Åandalsnes. Very thoughtfully he carried some food supplies for his Royal Air Force friends who had shared with him their remaining rations. It was essential for him to see General Carton de Wiart. ’ When the Sunderland left Norway she carried with her eleven stretcher cases straight back to the hospital in Scotland. Not one of the wounded uttered a complaint all the way across. ‘The French collapse took Squadron Leader Craven to Gibraltar, where he was stationed for some time.
We carried a load of 250lb bombs in case a discernible target presented itself. We took off at 2130 hours. Holland was still at peace and their lights, though restricted, were clearly visible, the Terschelling lightship in particular, obliging by giving a fixed navigational fix. After three hours monotonous circling and seeing next to nothing, I heard Flying Officer Burnell, our Canadian pilot, call for course home. The words always sounded like music to a gunner in an isolated turret with no positive tasks to take up his mind, other than endless turret manipulation and endless DeepSeaHunterslayout_Layout 1 31/03/2014 15:04 Page 37 37 peering into blackness.
The snow caps of Norway loomed ahead. Making his landfall at Ålesund, the captain flew along Sula Fjord, only to find there was no exit. As German aircraft were busy bombing a wireless station he did a sharp turn and ran out again. That run enabled him to fix his position. Setting his course to the north-east, he flew to Mia Island where he began the day's adventures by flying under a high tension cable, just as some German bombers appeared. They did not attempt to attack with their machine guns but flew overhead and tried to bomb him.