Thames Valley Airfields in the Second World War

A full account of the part played by the Thames Valley airfields during the Second World War, including Greenham Common, White Waltham, Thame, Wing, Hendon and Northolt.


Author: Robin J. Brooks

Publisher: Countryside Books (GB)

ISBN: 1853066338

Category: History

Page: 256

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A full account of the part played by the Thames Valley airfields during the Second World War, including Greenham Common, White Waltham, Thame, Wing, Hendon and Northolt. The history of each airfield is described with the squadrons and aircraft based at them and the main operations flown. The effects of the war on the daily lives of civilians, and the constant dangers from raids and night bombing are also detailed.

Yorkshire Airfields in the Second World War

A full account of the part played by Yorkshire's airfields during the Second World War.


Author: Patrick Otter

Publisher: Countryside Books (GB)

ISBN: 1853065420

Category: History

Page: 319

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A full account of the part played by Yorkshire's airfields during the Second World War. The history of each airfield is described with the squadrons and aircraft based at them and the main operations flown. The effects of the war on the daily lives of civilians, and the constant dangers from raids and night bombing are also detailed.

In the Hands of Strangers

A World War Ii Story of Courage, Heroism, and Enduring Friendship Kim Moretto Niemeier ... Suffolk Airfields in the Second World War by Graham Smith. Newbury, Berkshire, UK. Countryside Books, 1995. DDay: The Invasion of Normandy June 6 ...


Author: Kim Moretto Niemeier

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 9781524544706

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 188

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On June 12, 1944, six days after the D-Day invasion of Normandy, U.S. fighter pilot Fred Moretto is ambushed by German Messerschmitt 109s. Barely escaping his burning P-47 Thunderbolt, Lieutenant Moretto parachutes into the French countryside where villagers working for the Resistance conceal him from the Germans for two months in a bread oven, a secret perch in an attic, and a hayloft. In 1993, nearly 50 years later, Kim Moretto Niemeier convinces her father to return to France. Reuniting with the people and the places where he survived against all odds re-invigorates his French Connection and launches Kims 20-year odyssey to uncover the dramatic details of her fathers inspiring story.

Wings Over Meir

... 2005) Alec Brew,Staffordshire and Black CountryAirfields (Chalford, 1997) Nicholas Cartlidge, MeirToday, Gone Tomorrow (Leek, 2004) MartinChorlton, Staffordshire Airfields in the Second World War (Berkshire, 2007) Eric Clutton, ...


Author: William Cooke

Publisher: Amberley Publishing Limited

ISBN: 9781445626239

Category: History

Page: 192

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Brooks, Robin J. Kent Airfields In The Second World War. Countryside Books, Berkshire 2001. Codevelle, Colonel. Armistice 1918. Friends of the Armistice of Compiegne, France 1959. Coward, Noel. Future Indefinite. (Second volume of his ...


Author: Mitch Peeke

Publisher: Pen and Sword

ISBN: 9781473858107

Category: History

Page: 261

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The story of one momentous year in World War II. The epic story of 1940 is not confined to the great air battle over England that summer, the Battle of Britain. While that battle was indeed a major turning point in the course of the Second World War, it was only fought because of the ultimate outcome of the battle that preceded it. When Hitler’s forces swiftly overran the Low Countries and then France, the remnants of the French and British armies were trapped in a pocketed position around the channel port of Dunquerque. Militarily, that should have been the end of it. Trapped with their backs to the sea, the tired soldiers surely faced annihilation or capture. Hitler’s generals certainly thought so. But then Hitler made his first and biggest mistake. He listened to his old friend and commander of the German Air Force, Herman Goering. Instead of allowing his armies to finish the job, he ordered them to halt. Goering had persuaded his Fuhrer to allow his Air Force to finish it instead. Goering failed, giving the British time to evacuate the stranded armies from Dunqerque. The Battle of France was over, but there would have to be a Battle of Britain, as Britain would now have to be eliminated as well, either by diplomacy, which wasn’t likely, or by invasion. This was the prospect facing those in England at that time—and this is the story of that momentous year.

Bomber Boy

Olive, Gordon DFC, (Newton, Dennis (ed.), Spitfire Ace (Gloucestershire, Amberley Publishing, 2015). Otter, Patrick, Lincolnshire Airfields in the Second World War (Berkshire, Countryside Books, 2012). Parry, Simon W, Intruders over ...


Author: Dereck French

Publisher: Amberley Publishing Limited

ISBN: 9781445684666

Category: History

Page: 320

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A vivid and insightful account of the early World War Two air war from a bomber pilot's perspective.

Searching for the Hudson Bombers

Lads, Love & Death in World War Two James R. Stevens ... 'Devon And Cornwall Airfields In The Second World War', Countryside Books, Newbury, Berkshire 2000 Sockett, E.W., '608 Squadron and RAF Thornaby' Published by E.W. Sockett, B.A., ...


Author: James R. Stevens

Publisher: Trafford Publishing

ISBN: 9781412031936

Category: Hudson (Bomber)

Page: 198

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This exciting and unusual World War Two book contains the biographies of young men from the United States and Commonwealth Countries who flew through enemy infested skies in a civilian passenger plane known as the Hudson Bomber. The author portrays not only flyers but their families as they face the unfolding fates of their youngsters flying in Royal Air Force Coastal Command Squadrons. Much of the book is written from primary research material: personal diaries, log books, a large number of photographs and anxious letters home to parents and wives and friends. "Searching For The Hudson Bombers" rings loudly with authenticity of how World War Two impacted people at an intimate and personal level. Flying duties of these patriotic youth from America, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa are portrayed in a range of activities from over the North Sea to the Mediterranean. The Hudson air crews bomb shipping and search in all kinds of nasty weather for submarines, cover convoys and look for downed air craft. Sub themed in the text are the disappointing activities of politicians, corporations, financial institutions and religious bureaucracy. One will not find much grand strategy as planned by Presidents, Prime Ministers and Generals in, "Searching For The Hudson Bombers." This is a book about unheralded flyers who risked their lives each time they went aloft in a less than reliable aircraft, the Hudson Bomber. This intriguing and intensely researched work exposes the truly human side of one of history's most cataclysmic events. An excellent read!" Major General (Ret'd) Lewis W. MacKenzie OStJ,OOnt,MSC,CD. "Poignant stories of young men in the prime of life who risked their lives fighting for their countries." Ms.Lynn McLeod, B.A. M.L.S. Mississauga Public Library System "I spent many hours as navigator of a Hudson and I find the research done to compile this wonderfully researched volume to be absolutely mind-boggling. F/Lt. (O) Earle Briggs RAF 24/512 SQ's For further information on photographs of the Hudson flyers and the index to "Searching For The Hudson Bombers" go to

The Phantom Tree

They had titles such as Wiltshire Airfields in the Second World War and 101st Airborne Division and Berkshire Battlefields. “Middlecote played host to a succession of British and US troops during the Second World War,” Richard said.


Author: Nicola Cornick

Publisher: Harlequin

ISBN: 9781488028588

Category: Fiction


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Browsing an antiques shop in Wiltshire, Alison Bannister stumbles across a delicate old portrait—identified as the doomed Tudor queen, Anne Boleyn. Except Alison knows better. The subject is Mary Seymour, the daughter of Katherine Parr, who was taken to Wolf Hall in 1557 and presumed dead after going missing as a child. And Alison knows this because she, too, lived at Wolf Hall and knew Mary...more than four hundred years ago. The painting of Mary is more than just a beautiful object for Alison—it holds the key to her past life, the unlocking of the mystery surrounding Mary’s disappearance and how Alison can get back to her own time. To when she and Mary were childhood enemies yet shared a pact that now, finally, must be fulfilled, no matter the cost. Bestselling author of House of Shadows Nicola Cornick offers a provocative alternate history of rivals, secrets and danger, set in a time when a woman’s destiny was determined by the politics of men and luck of birth. A spellbinding tale for fans of Kate Morton, Philippa Gregory and Barbara Erskine.

US Air Force Bases in the UK

RAF Welford The Berkshire airfield of RAF Welford opened in 1943 and was used by the USAAF's Ninth Air Force as a troop carrier airfield during the Second World War. Once the owner of its very own M4 access road, Welford is no longer an ...


Author: Paul Bingley

Publisher: Amberley Publishing Limited

ISBN: 9781445679662

Category: Transportation

Page: 96

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Explore this revealing, well illustrated look back at American airbases in Britain in the post-war era.

Scottish Airfields in the Second World War The Lothians



Author: Martyn Chorlton

Publisher: British Airfields in the Secon

ISBN: IND:30000110595208

Category: History

Page: 160

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An account of the part played by the airfields in the Lothians during the Second World War; the planes and pilots who flew them; and the local civilians who worked alongside them.

Staffordshire Airfields in the Second World War

A slightly less serious incident followed on 15th January 1943 when Oxford II N4832 retracted its flaps prematurely after take - off ... San Ldr King visited the airfield to arrange for the transfer of the unit from its Berkshire home .


Author: Martyn Chorlton

Publisher: British Airfields in the Secon

ISBN: IND:30000110574369

Category: History

Page: 255

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"Martyn Chorlton's book describes the history of each airfield, highlights some of the operations carried out from them, and puts them into the overall context of a country and nation at war. It will appeal equally to aviation enthusiasts and to readers who recall the era when the country's skies never ceased to throb with the drone of departing and returning aircraft."--Jacket.

The Battle Honours of the Second World War 1939 1945 and Korea 1950 1953

The Honour is borne on the Appointments of the:6th Gurkha Rifles 10th Gurkha Rifles 7th Gurkha Rifles and was also awarded to the:West Yorkshire Regiment Royal Berkshire Regiment Border Regiment York and Lancaster Regiment Welch ...


Author: Compiled from official records

Publisher: Andrews UK Limited

ISBN: 9781781513798

Category: History

Page: 192

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In February 1925 the War Office published an Army Order listing the battle honours awarded for the Great War, and although this was announced as the final list there were subsequent revisions and minor amendments. No such list was published after WWII but an (unofficial?) Record was published in 1958 by the War Office, with a limited distribution, which included the Korean War battle honours, and this is that list with 651 actions. This Record covers only British, including British Gurkha, Regiments and Colonial Regiments. In most cases there is a brief summary of the operations with an indication of the troops involved and these include Commonwealth troops though the question of their Battle Honours is one for the Commonwealth Government concerned and the Sovereign. There were a good many errors in the list, typographical, grammatical, misspelling of place names, dates and order of battle. In some cases there was confusion between those battle honours which were selected to be carried on the Colours and those which were simply awarded. Strange new regiments appeared:- Highlanders Light Infantry (a persistent favourite), King’s Own Yeomanry Light Infantry, the K.A.R.R.R.C, London Irish Fusiliers, London Irish Buffs, Queen’s Own Nigeria Regiment (an unauthorised ‘Queen’s Own’), and the Royal West King Regiment, to name some of them. Place names also caused some trouble and in some of the brief descriptions of the engagements or actions there were order of battle mistakes such as the confusion between the 12th Frontier Force Regiment and 13th Frontier Force Rifles, two different regiments of the old Indian Army. The index contained scores of place names that had nothing to do with anything, this has been pruned drastically so that it contains only those places for which a battle honour was awarded. Every effort has been made to eliminate errors and present a corrected version and a number of sources was used the most important of which was H.C.B.Cook’s The Battle Honours of the British and Indian Armies 1662-1982, a magnificent piece of work. Other valuable works included: Orders of BattleSecond World War 1939-1945 H.F.Joslen; Commonwealth Divisions 1939-1945 Malcolm A.Bellis; A Register of the Regiments and Corps of the British Army Arthur Swinson; Regiments and Corps of the British Army Ian S.Hallows and Handbook of British Regiments Christopher Chant.

Royal Air Force Bomber Command Losses of the Second World War Aircraft and crews lost during 1939 1940

The two airmen who died are buried in Bergen op Zoom War Cemetery , Holland . 49 San Hampden I P4384 EAOp : Bordeaux T / o Scampton . Crashed , with total loss of life , near Abingdon airfield , Berkshire . + Whitley V 77 San F / L C L ...


Author: W. R. Chorley

Publisher: Midland

ISBN: WISC:89089621783

Category: Airplanes, Military

Page: 159

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Beretter om tabene ved RAF Bomber Command omfattende enheder, flytyper og besætningerne, herunder en kort beskrivelse af pågældende hændelse/mission.

UK Airfields Past and Present

Scheduled services were operated until the outbreak of the Second World War. The RAF arrived in March 1939, and the airfield became home to a wide variety of units operating Lysanders, Hurricanes, Spitfires, Ansons, Tiger Moths, ...


Author: Grant Peerless

Publisher: Fonthill Media


Category: History

Page: 200

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A great many books have been written over the years about individual airfields or those in particular counties/areas but this one covers a good proportion of them in one publication, from Abbots Bromley to Zeals. It provides brief details of over 1700 airfields from before the First World War to the present day and describes the main activities carried out, based units/operators and current status. It includes military bases, civil airports/airfields, gliding sites, microlight sites and larger farm strips, together with the probable number of based aircraft. An appendix lists over 500 books which have been published about individual airfields and this, together with the details provided in this book affords a convenient source of reference for further research. It does not pretend to include every flying site that ever existed as this would require a much larger volume but covers what are considered to be the most significant airfields of the past 110 years. It includes over one hundred photographs in colour and black & white, most of which have not been published previously.

Blood Program in World War II

Supplemented by Experiences in the Korean War Douglas Blair Kendrick ... As a second choice , a field in the immediate vicinity of Thatcham , Berkshire , Greenham Common , or Aldermaston would be satisfactory . If an airfield near ...


Author: Douglas Blair Kendrick


ISBN: UIUC:30112045519219

Category: Blood

Page: 922

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Manchester Airport Through Time

Construction of the allgrass airfield at Ringway began after being ceremonially started by Alderman Joseph Toole on 28 November 1935. ... RAF Ringway During the Second World War, Ringway became the Ringway (IATA: MAN, ICAO: EGCC)


Author: Peter C. Brown

Publisher: Amberley Publishing Limited

ISBN: 9781445663913

Category: Transportation

Page: 96

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This fascinating selection of photographs traces some of the many ways in which Manchester Airport has changed and developed over time.

The Medical Department of the United States Army in World War II

Designation of an airfield in the immediate vicinity of Salisbury , where the main storage point and personnel to ... As a second choice , a field in the immediate vicinity of Thatcham , Berkshire , Greenham Common , or Aldermaston ...


Author: United States. Army Medical Service


ISBN: UCAL:B3725498



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A Smudge on My Lens

I was working in Berkshire and often went to Exbury in late spring to admire the rhododendron and azalea collection ... Based on a Second World War airfield it was home to Britain's nuclear weapon manufacture, reprocessing and research.


Author: Dave Spencer

Publisher: Troubador Publishing Ltd

ISBN: 1906510784

Category: Great Britain

Page: 317

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An adopted post war baby boomer from a Sussex council estate, Dave Spencer was born at a time when reminders of World War II still littered the 50s landscape. Nature was still bountiful, but the landed gentry were selling our heritage before conservation had teeth. His was the first television generation: weaned on the Flower Pot Men, he grew up in an increasingly commercial and libertarian society, which exploded into the colourful 60s. Ill at ease amongst former public school boys, a lurch to the left saw him taking several unsuitable apprenticeships, before a rude awakening led a confrontation with the law and a taste of life on the road. Dave took a ferry across the Mersey and a hippy hike from Cornwall to Manchester, then a final fling in Sussex led to an encounter with a longhaired milkman, in a story which mixes religion, drugs, politics and passion.