By Roy Conyers Nesbit
Roy Nesbit's hugely illustrated historical past of Coastal Command's 217 Squadron - the squadron during which he served - provides a first-hand perception into the damaging low-level missions the squadron flew opposed to enemy transport and ports throughout the moment global battle. He chronicles the squadron's operations from the outbreak of warfare while it patrolled in Avro Ansons over the Western techniques to the English Channel. Then got here the main extreme interval of its wartime profession whilst, flying Beauforts, it targeting minelaying and assaults on transport alongside the west coast of German-occupied France. It additionally fastened bold raids on large U-boat bunkers and different enemy installations. the tale of those risky operations, during which many airplane have been misplaced and airmen have been killed, makes up the main memorable element of the narrative. yet Roy Nesbit takes the squadron's tale all over to the later years of the conflict whilst, after a brief or even extra harmful interval flying from Malta so as to sink enemy transport within the Mediterranean, it used to be established in Ceylon and was once re-equipped with Beaufighters for the conflict opposed to the japanese. as well as telling the tale of the squadron and the boys who served in it, the narrative describes the stipulations persevered via the French humans within the ports 217 attacked, and it covers the raids introduced opposed to German coastal bases after the squadron had moved to the some distance East. An Expendable Squadron should be soaking up examining for a person who has a unique curiosity within the heritage of Coastal Command, within the plane 217 Squadron flew, and within the adventure of strive against flying seventy years in the past.
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He witnessed with increasing dismay the disintegration of the Allied forces and decided that something must be done to bolster the morale of the French government. 95 Flamingo airliners, converted to VIP transports and with yellow livery, forming part of the RAF’s 24 (Communication) Squadron at Hendon in Middlesex. Escorted by Hurricane fighters, he flew to Paris in one of these on three occasions between 16 and 30 May, meeting the French Premier Paul Reynaud and his military commander Marshal Phillipe Pétain.
Archiv Petrick) South-Western Approaches 51 Sergeant John Roy Massey of 217 Squadron, a pilot who flew as navigator in Beaufort L4463 over France on the night of 16/17 December 1940. He survived when the aircraft crashed but evaded capture and eventually reached Gibraltar via Spain and Portugal, only to lose his life on 23 Kay 1941 in Catalina AH560 en route to England. (Tom Massey) The weather inhibited flying for the next few nights, but on 24 December Flying Officer Robert Robertson took off from St Eval on an air test.
There was plenty of 40 An Expendable Squadron Warships of the Home Fleet in the English Channel, ready to resist any attempt at invasion after the fall of France. Some of them flew balloons to snare Junkers Ju 87 Stuka dive-bombers. An Avro Anson is on patrol above them, probably carrying two anti-submarine bombs. (Author’s collection) flak but the crews reported that it always burst ahead of them. It seems that the German gunners did not realise that they were being attacked at night by venerable aircraft with cruising and maximum speeds about 50mph less than the average for RAF bombers, and did not adjust their deflection shooting accordingly.
An Expendable Squadron : The Story of 217 Squadron, Coastal Command, 1939-1945 by Roy Conyers Nesbit