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A Century of Air Warfare With Nine (IX) Squadron, RAF (Hardback)

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Aviation More History RAF

By Gordon Thorburn
Imprint: Pen & Sword Aviation
Pages: 286
ISBN: 9781783036349
Published: 2nd July 2014

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n the earliest days of World War One, when IX Squadron was formed, we went to the fight in little 50mph machines that were barely capable of taking pilot and observer, a gun and a few small, hand-held bombs into the sky, especially on a windy day. When we took a wireless set, to spot for the artillery and report on troop movements, the extra load forced the defenceless pilot to leave his observer behind.

A century later, IX (B) Squadron flies jets that can exceed the speed of sound, place laser-guided missiles within a few centimetres of the target, and transmit the most complex data in real time across the globe.

In between, the tale is of ponderous beasts of biplanes, of Wellingtons and Lancasters in the bloody battles of World War Two, of Canberras and Vulcans in the nuclear age of the Cold War.

Above all, it's the story of the men and women of the RAF's senior bomber squadron across a hundred years of war and peace, and their words fill this book. We go from those beginnings in wood, wire and fabric kites over France and a pilot armed with a service revolver, to the world's first Tornado squadron in the Gulf wars, over Kosovo and Afghanistan, and so to the present, a century on.

It really is one hell of a story.

I honestly loved this book ... it really does have something for everyone and would be a very welcome surprise in most men's stockings this Christmas - an ideal gift for dad or grandpa, whether or not they were flyers themselves.

Paul Nixon, Amazon Reviewer

Gordon Thorburn examines the squadron's history, including the story of the men and women of the RAF's senior bomber squadron.

Royal Air Force News
 Gordon Thorburn

About Gordon Thorburn

Gordon Thorburn is the author of the best-selling 'Men and Sheds'.

For Remember When he has authored "Pocket Guide to Pubs and their Histories", 'The Classic Allotment' and 'The Classic Herb Garden'.

Other books have included 'Cassius, the true story of a courageous police dog', and 'No Need To Die'; about American volunteers in RAF Bomber Command in WW2.

Gordon lives in North Walsham, Norfolk.

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