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Beyond the Dams to the Tirpitz (Paperback)

The Later Operations of the 617 Squadron

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By Alan W Cooper
Imprint: Pen & Sword Aviation
Pages: 252
ISBN: 9781781590638
Published: 20th February 2013

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First published to acclaim in 1983, this book is set to impact upon the book-buying public, eager for accounts of this period of World War history. Relaying the later operations of 617 Squadron, this book steers away from typical accounts of the group which dwell on this predominant feature of their service history.

Some of the most outstanding exploits of the air war were carried out by 617 Squadron, after they had executed their famous Dam's Raid in May 1943. These included special low-flying attacks on canals, factories, rocket sites, viaducts, and, of course, the attack on the German battleship Tirpitz. The standard set to serve in 617 Squadron is shown in the success of such operations. They were led firstly by Wing Commander Guy Gibson, who set this standard, followed by Squadron Leader Mick Martin, and the incomparable Wing Commander Leonard Cheshire, who developed the accuracy of marking and bombing to a very high degree. He in turn was succeeded by Wing Commander Willie Tait who lead all three attacks on the Tirpitz, and from then on was known as 'Tirpitz' Tait.

All the leaders of the Squadron were outstanding airmen, each having more than a hundred operations to his credit. This book is a timely reminder that there was a lot more to the Squadron's history than their exploits on the Dams.

This book is a reminder that there is a lot more to 617 Squadron then the Dams raid.

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About Alan W Cooper

Alan Cooper has been an avid aviation historian and writer for some years. His previous titles, published by Pen and Sword, include Air Gunner: The Men who Manned the Turrets, Target Leipzig: The RAF's Disastrous Raid of 19/20 February 1944, and Free to Fight Again: RAF Escapes and Evasions 1940-1945.

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