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Beaufighter boys : true tales from those who flew Bristol's mighty twin / Graham Pitchfork.

By: Pitchfork, Graham [author.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: London : Grub Street, 2019Description: 1 volume ; 24 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9781911621447; 1911621440.Subject(s): Great Britain. Royal Air Force -- History -- World War, 1939-1945 | Bristol Beaufighter (Fighter plane) -- History -- Anecdotes | Air pilots, Military -- Great Britain -- Anecdotes | Great Britain. Royal Air Force | World War (1939-1945) | Air pilots, Military | Bristol Beaufighter (Fighter plane) | Great Britain | 1939-1945Genre/Form: Anecdotes. | History.DDC classification: 623.74640922
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

A departure from the Cold War for the Boys series! Researched many years ago by the author for a project which did not come to fruition, Beaufighter air and ground crew gave freely of their stories which ranged from complete memoirs to brief anecdotes. And there were a plethora of original photographs for him to choose from. Graham Pitchfork has built on these reminiscences to trace the roles of Beaufighter squadrons spread across all the theatres of World War Two operations. From home bases, through north-west Europe, North Africa, Malta and the Mediterranean to the far Far East and south-west Pacific, the Beaufighter served far and wide as did the crews of the RAF, RAAF, SAAF and New Zealand and Canadian squadrons. All are covered in this quite unique book to be savoured by all those interested in the war in the air from 1939-1945.

Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • Foreword (p. 8)
  • Introduction and Acknowledgements (p. 9)
  • Author's Note (p. 11)
  • Chapter 1 The Bristol Beaufighter (p. 13)
  • Chapter 2 A Man for Every Theatre (p. 19)
  • Chapter 3 Night-Fighters over England (p. 25)
  • Chapter 4 Bomber Support Operations (p. 33)
  • Chapter 5 Birth of the Strike Wings (p. 40)
  • Chapter 6 Conspicuous Gallantry (p. 47)
  • Chapter 7 Early Operations off Norway (p. 53)
  • Chapter 8 Diary of a Strike Wing Pilot (p. 62)
  • Chapter 9 The Anzac Wing 1944 (p. 75)
  • Chapter 10 Black Friday (p. 85)
  • Chapter 11 Operational Tour in Malta (p. 93)
  • Chapter 12 Night-Fighter Navigator Ace (p. 98)
  • Chapter 13 Mediterranean Strike Pilot (p. 105)
  • Chapter 14 Shipping Strike off Italy (p. 110)
  • Chapter 15 Combat over Sicily (p. 115)
  • Chapter 16 The Western Mediterranean (p. 122)
  • Chapter 17 Action over the Aegean (p. 131)
  • Chapter 18 Aegean Operations - 1944 (p. 139)
  • Chapter 19 The Gambut Detachment - September 1944 (p. 148)
  • Chapter 20 Action over the Adriatic (p. 156)
  • Chapter 21 Silently into the Midst of Things (p. 163)
  • Chapter 22 Looking Backwards over Burma (p. 175)
  • Chapter 23 Flying Elephants over Burma (p. 179)
  • Chapter 24 Memorable Sorties in Burma (p. 187)
  • Chapter 25 Australians over Papua New Guinea (p. 192)
  • Chapter 26 Early Operations over Timor (p. 198)
  • Chapter 27 Search and Destroy in Timor (p. 204)
  • Chapter 28 Operational Swansong (p. 212)
  • Abbreviations (p. 217)
  • Bibliography (p. 218)
  • Index (p. 219)