By Roy Conyers Nesbit
Roy Nesbit's hugely illustrated historical past of Coastal Command's 217 Squadron - the squadron during which he served - offers a first-hand perception into the unsafe low-level missions the squadron flew opposed to enemy transport and ports in the course of the moment global warfare. He chronicles the squadron's operations from the outbreak of conflict whilst it patrolled in Avro Ansons over the Western techniques to the English Channel. Then got here the main severe 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 plane have been misplaced and airmen have been killed, makes up the main memorable portion of the narrative. yet Roy Nesbit takes the squadron's tale all through to the later years of the battle whilst, after a brief or even extra harmful interval flying from Malta which will 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 lads who served in it, the narrative describes the stipulations continued through 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 can be soaking up interpreting for an individual who has a different curiosity within the historical past of Coastal Command, within the plane 217 Squadron flew, and within the event of strive against flying seventy years in the past.
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Additional info for An Expendable Squadron : The Story of 217 Squadron, Coastal Command, 1939-1945
The gunner, Sergeant Charles Ayres, and the wireless operator, Sergeant Archibald Hastie, were injured and soon captured. The second pilot, Sergeant John Roy Massey, was unharmed and tried to evade capture. He made his way down to Marseille in Vichy France, probably with the help of an escape line set up by Captain Ian Garrow of the Highland Division, who had reached this port after Dunkirk. Massey’s family were notified that he was safe. From there, he gradually followed another escape line via Barcelona, Madrid and Lisbon to Gibraltar.
De Gaulle flew to London on 9 June and met Churchill for the first time, primarily to ask for RAF fighters to help in the struggle against the Wehrmacht invaders. Churchill was unable to help, since the RAF had lost many aircraft in the Blitzkrieg and he needed to build up RAF Fighter Command for the Battle of Britain which was already beginning. De Gaulle returned empty-handed. However, the two men had recognised in each other great qualities of leadership and determination, although they were different in one major respect.
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.
An Expendable Squadron : The Story of 217 Squadron, Coastal Command, 1939-1945 by Roy Conyers Nesbit