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Fuel, fire and fear : RAF flight engineers at war / Colin Pateman.

By: Pateman, Colin.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: [Stroud, England] : Fonthill, 2018Copyright date: ©2018Description: 208 pages, 32 pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm.Content type: text | still image Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9781781556757; 178155675X.Subject(s): Great Britain. Royal Air Force -- History -- 20th century | Flight engineers -- Great Britain -- History -- 20th century | World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal narratives, BritishSummary: During the Second World War the need for an on-board technical expert to join the Bomber Crews evolved. The various systems on the latest 4-engined 'Heavy Bombers', namely the Handley Page Halifax, Shorts Stirling and Avro Lancaster witnessed the development of Flight Engineers. This book provides the reader with an explanation of the origin of Flight Engineers, the training of these men and the complexity of keeping large bombers in the air is an enthralling story. Many gallantry medals were won by Flight Engineers, including the Victoria Cross. Accounts of dangerous operational flying is revealed by Flight Engineers in numerous aircraft including those of Coastal Command. Direct entries into the RAF by civilians were undertaken to satisfy the demand for Flight Engineers. Entrants underwent courses of varying lengths but flying training time was very sparse and remarkably it was not unknown for these men to qualify for their flying badges without ever having flown in an aircraft. This book examines true accounts that took place; many based upon personal flying logbooks and other unique material originating from the pilots and aircrew themselves.
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During the Second World War the need for an on-board technical expert to join the Bomber Crews evolved. The various systems on the latest 4-engined 'Heavy Bombers', namely the Handley Page Halifax, Shorts Stirling and Avro Lancaster witnessed the development of Flight Engineers. This book provides the reader with an explanation of the origin of Flight Engineers, the training of these men and the complexity of keeping large bombers in the air is an enthralling story. Many gallantry medals were won by Flight Engineers, including the Victoria Cross. Accounts of dangerous operational flying is revealed by Flight Engineers in numerous aircraft including those of Coastal Command. Direct entries into the RAF by civilians were undertaken to satisfy the demand for Flight Engineers. Entrants underwent courses of varying lengths but flying training time was very sparse and remarkably it was not unknown for these men to qualify for their flying badges without ever having flown in an aircraft. This book examines true accounts that took place; many based upon personal flying logbooks and other unique material originating from the pilots and aircrew themselves.

Includes bibliographical references (pages 207-208).

During the Second World War the need for an on-board technical expert to join the Bomber Crews evolved. The various systems on the latest 4-engined 'Heavy Bombers', namely the Handley Page Halifax, Shorts Stirling and Avro Lancaster witnessed the development of Flight Engineers. This book provides the reader with an explanation of the origin of Flight Engineers, the training of these men and the complexity of keeping large bombers in the air is an enthralling story. Many gallantry medals were won by Flight Engineers, including the Victoria Cross. Accounts of dangerous operational flying is revealed by Flight Engineers in numerous aircraft including those of Coastal Command. Direct entries into the RAF by civilians were undertaken to satisfy the demand for Flight Engineers. Entrants underwent courses of varying lengths but flying training time was very sparse and remarkably it was not unknown for these men to qualify for their flying badges without ever having flown in an aircraft. This book examines true accounts that took place; many based upon personal flying logbooks and other unique material originating from the pilots and aircrew themselves.

Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • Foreword (p. 5)
  • Preface (p. 9)
  • Acknowledgements (p. 13)
  • 1 Halton Cadet School of Technical Training and the Developing Royal Air Force (p. 17)
  • 2 Interwar Duties (p. 21)
  • 3 Flight Engineer School: An Overview of Technical Training (p. 23)
  • 4 Flight Engineer: Air Gunner, 1940-1942 (p. 30)
  • 5 Flight Engineer Conversion Units (p. 37)
  • 6 Flight Engineer Heavy Conversion Unit Training (p. 39)
  • 7 Heavy Bomber: Fuel Tanks and Fire (p. 44)
  • 8 1943 Direct Entry Flight Engineer Students (p. 52)
  • 9 Flight Engineer Watson DFM: Short Stirling (p. 56)
  • 10 Casualties and Respectful Adversaries (p. 62)
  • 11 Flight Engineer Readhead DFC: Handley Page Halifax (p. 71)
  • 12 Flight Engineer Mallott: Short Stirling, Killed in Action (p. 92)
  • 13 Flight Engineer Moores: Handley Page Halifax, Guinea Pig Club (p. 97)
  • 14 Flight Engineer Horner: Handley Page Halifax, Killed in Action (p. 103)
  • 15 Flight Engineer Van de Velde: Avro Lancaster, Evader (p. 109)
  • 16 Flight Engineer Rolfe DFM: Avro Lancaster (p. 119)
  • 17 Flight Engineer Soames DFM: Handley Page Halifax (p. 126)
  • 18 Escaping the Flames (p. 144)
  • 19 Wireless Operator Smith DFM: Short Stirling, Guinea Pig Club (p. 152)
  • 20 Flight Engineers on Operation Chastise (p. 156)
  • 21 Flight Engineer Tame: Handley Page Halifax, Prisoner of War (Caterpillar Club) (p. 162)
  • 22 Flight Engineer Jackson VC: Avro Lancaster (p. 168)
  • 23 Coastal Command (p. 174)
  • 24 Flight Engineer Riddell DFC: Short Sunderland Flying Boat (p. 177)
  • 25 Flight Engineer Galliford DFM: Short Sunderland Flying Boat (p. 179)
  • 26 Flight Engineer Lenson DFM: B-24 Liberator (p. 181)
  • 27 Flight Engineer Gees: Catalina Flying Boat, Evader (p. 185)
  • 28 Flight Engineer Davis: Far East, B-24 Liberator, Prisoner of War (p. 195)
  • 29 Awards and Decorations by the King (p. 201)
  • Bibliography (p. 207)