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Master Bombers: The Experiences of a Pathfinder Squadron at War, 1942-1945

ISBN: 9781906502010

Author: Sean Feast    Publisher: Grub Street

The Pathfinders were the corps d'elite of Bomber Command, the command that had been leading the fight back against Germany even before the fall of France in 194...


The Pathfinders were the corps d'elite of Bomber Command, the command that had been leading the fight back against Germany even before the fall of France in 1940. Formed in July 1942, the Pathfinder force was tasked with marking targets and leading bomber formations to the right place at the right time in order to cause maximum devastation to the enemy. Pathfinder crews consisted of members who had flown a minimum of 45 operational sorties and while they were no doubt the best of the best, the force was made up of individuals from all ranks and backgrounds. Even amongst these elite there were gods, and these took the form of the master bombers.The Master Bomber, as the name suggests, was the aircraft in charge of the whole attack, it was the Master Bomber who determined the accuracy of the target indicators dropped by the primary visual markers, and what further marking or illumination was required. It was the Master Bomber that would transmit instructions over VHF radio to the main force telling them what coloured markers to ignore and what to bomb, exhorting them on to greater consistency.


Pages: 224


Dimensions: 156 x 234 x 28 mm


Publication Date: 30-05-2008


Tag: Military
$69.99
Master Bombers : A Pathfinder Squadron at War 1944-45

ISBN: 9781906502812

Author: Sean Feast    Publisher: Grub Street

Formed in July 1942, the Pathfinder force was the corps d'elite of Bomber Command, tasked with marking targets and leading bomber formations to the right place ...


Formed in July 1942, the Pathfinder force was the corps d'elite of Bomber Command, tasked with marking targets and leading bomber formations to the right place at the right time. And the best of the force formed the crews of the master bombers, the aircraft in charge of the whole attack. It took nerves of steel for the crew to linger long high over the target area, often for hours, in constant fear of attack from fighters or flak. Here Sean Feast gives a detailed and comprehensive exploration of the exploits of one typical squadron in the heat of battle.


Pages: 224


Dimensions: 153 x 234 x 23 mm


Publication Date: 01-07-2010


Tag: Military
$45.00
The Pathfinder Companion

ISBN: 9781908117342

Author: Sean Feast    Publisher: Grub Street

What sort of men were the Pathfinders, the corps d'elite of Bomber Command? What did they do? What risks did they face? And what contribution did they make to t...


What sort of men were the Pathfinders, the corps d'elite of Bomber Command? What did they do? What risks did they face? And what contribution did they make to the air war and the ultimate defeat of Germany?
By drawing on hundreds of hours of interviews with surviving veterans - many speaking for the first time - and combining these with official records and exclusive access to contemporary documents and exhibits at the Pathfinder Museum at RAF Wyton, Sean Feast looks to answer these questions and more, seeking to put these men's achievements in the context of the time.
The Pathfinder Companion, launched to coincide with the 70th anniversary of the foundation of Pathfinder Force in 1942, highlights the raids and the losses, the successes and failures, the terror and the turmoil these men endured, as well as the inevitable humour in the face of tremendous adversity.
Profusely illustrated throughout with photos and memorabilia, the book shows how a poorly equipped, disparate group was forged over time into one of the most effective and devastatingly efficient fighting forces ever created. It includes stories and reminiscences not just from the Master Bombers and Long Stops - the elite of the elite controlling huge numbers of bombers over the target - but also the journeymen Pathfinder crews whose support was so essential to success and final victory. A must for anyone interested in Bomber Command.


Bind: hardback


Pages: 256


Dimensions: 170 x 240 mm


Publication Date: 30-08-2012


Tags: August 2012   Military
$55.00
The Last Of The 39-ers

ISBN: 9781909166158

Author: Sean Feast    Publisher: Grub Street

In some ways, Alfie Fripp's war ended when he was shot down on a reconaissance sortie over Germany in October 1939. In many others, it was only just beginning.<...


In some ways, Alfie Fripp's war ended when he was shot down on a reconaissance sortie over Germany in October 1939. In many others, it was only just beginning.
Squadron Leader Alfie Fripp (RAF Retd) was the oldest surviving and longest-serving British prisoner of war (POW) until his death in 2013 - the last of the so-called '39-ers0. Held in a succession of Nazi POW camps during World War II he was a prominent figure and as Red Cross representative, and always a welcome sight. Held in the infamous Stalag Luft III in Sagan, his own skipper - Mike Casey - was shot as one of the '50' who took part in the real Great Escape.
But Alfie's story begins well before the outbreak of the Second World War. One of Trenchard's 'Brats', Alfie trained as a wireless operator before spending more than five years in various flying boat squadrons in the Far East. He was again one of the last survivors from the days of the mighty Southampton, Scapa and Singapore flying boats that ruled both the skies and the waves, and helped ensure the safety of the Empire.
Told to Sean Feast with striking honesty and simplicity, written with pace and insight, Alfie's story has been brought alive. Accompanied by a superb collection of photographs, this long-overdue account is an excellent chance to discover the story of one of these legendary men.


Bind: hardback


Pages: 160


Dimensions: 156 x 234 mm


Publication Date: 25-10-2013


Tags: October 2013   Military
$55.00
An Alien Sky

ISBN: 9781909808256

Authors: Andrew Wiseman, Sean Feast    Publisher: Grub Street

By any measure, Andy Wiseman (born Weizman) is a lucky man. The only son of a Polish father and an American mother, Andy was born and grew up in Berlin, just as...


By any measure, Andy Wiseman (born Weizman) is a lucky man. The only son of a Polish father and an American mother, Andy was born and grew up in Berlin, just as Adolf Hitler was coming to power. As a Jew educated at the famous Werner Siemens Real Gymnasium in Schoneberg, he left only months before his school was closed down and fled with his family to Poland, one step ahead of the Nazi persecution that was to follow and later take the life of his father. From Poland he again fled to England, this time without his parents, arriving as a 16-year old with little or no grasp of English. After a crash course in the language, he avoided being called up into the Polish army in exile thanks to the timely intervention of no less a man than General Sikorski himself, to enlist in the RAF to train initially as a pilot and then as an air bomber in South Africa. On his return to the UK he was posted to an all-Australian Squadron (466 Squadron) equipped with the Handley Page Halifax. After his first operation in which he was nearly shot down, Andy survived a handful of eventful trips before falling victim to one of the Luftwaffe's top night fighter pilots and landing in France.Briefly on the run he was betrayed and captured, spending the next 12 months as a prisoner of war, using his knowledge of Russian, Polish and German to act as one of the principal camp interpreters, and working as a 'scrounger' for the 'X' committee of escapers. Moved from camp to camp, he was one of those forced into the 'Long March' by the Germans attempting to escape the Russian advance, and afterwards played a key role in avoiding the potential bloodshed that threatened when the Russians refused to allow the British and Norwegian prisoners to return home - a role for which he was later recognised by the King of Norway. Upon his release, Andy used his language skills to work with the BBC monitoring service and later, BBC Television as a producer, sharing many adventures with the great broadcasters of their time, including David Dimbleby and Raymond Baxter.


Bind: hardback


Pages: 192


Dimensions: 156 x 234 mm


Publication Date: 22-06-2015


Tags: June 2015   Military
$55.00
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