4 Group Bomber Command (Hardback)
An Operational Record
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During the immediate period before World War Two, the RAF modified its command structure to rationalise for rapid expansion. Bomber Command was divided into six operational groups, each flying the same type of aircraft, including Wellingtons, Sterlings, and Lancasters. Chris Ward presents us here with the history of 4 Group Bomber Command, having previously acquainted us with the histories of 3, 5, and 6 Group Bomber Commands in three highly acclaimed volumes, published by Pen and Sword. He continues with characteristic ease, quality of research, and narrative pace, to present us with an operational record of the groups activities during a particularly dramatic period of aviation history.
This book contains individual squadron statistics, their commanding officers, stations and aircraft losses. It provides a detailed reference for one of the RAF's most important operational groups.
A solidly researched book giving us masses of information about the squadrons and aircraft of 4 Group of Bomber Command. The author gives us a concise but engaging history of operations before dissecting individual squadron efforts with a look at the service time of commanding officers, stats on achievement or otherwise and then a long and detailed list of individual aircraft histories. ... The photograph section is superb and includes a wide range of images of aircrew of all ranks and their aircraft.War History Online
A detailed reference work on activities of the Squadron during World War II, including photos some never before published.Pennant Magazine
During World War 2 the RAF’s 4 Group in Bomber Command played a vital and critical role in the aerial offensive against Germany. This interesting book details their heroic operations and it gives plenty of supporting data on the aircraft and squadrons of this Group.Military Archive Research
This book has outstanding chapters on squadron histories, their commanding officers, the stations they operated from and the losses in terms of aircraft. It is a highly useful reference work on 4 Group and its history.
The author has essentially split this reference book into two sections. The first section deals with operations. This data is effectively a monthly / quarterly / yearly diary of operations and these entries are highly detailed. The second section is a history of each squadron which was part of 4 Group. The squadron entries normally consist of an introduction to the squadron, its operational code letters, is stations and dates, its commanding officers and dates, aircraft and aircraft types with dates, operational statistics (such as losses with respect to operations) and brief details of all known aircraft that operated with the squadron.
If the history of the bombing campaign against Nazi Germany interests you and you wish to know more about Bomber Command’s constituent Groups then this book is the book to have on 4 Group.
The author’s research skills and his efforts in collating the data for this book are outstanding and he has done the memory of these brave flyers true justice. He deserves a “well done” and I would expect that his sister volumes on the other Groups will be of a similar very high standard.