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Formidable (Hardback)

Arthur Flint's War Against Tirpitz and the Kamikazes

Maritime > Naval > Royal Navy WWII

By Terry Crowdy
Imprint: Pen & Sword Maritime
Pages: 256
Illustrations: 150+ Mono pics integrated
ISBN: 9781399087667
Published: 13th March 2023

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HMS Formidable was a British aircraft carrier during the Second World War. One of four Illustrious-class carriers, Formidable was an armoured carrier, able to withstand air attacks, guarding its precious aircraft hangar with an armour-plated flight-deck. As well as its squadrons of fighters and torpedo bombers, Formidable was armed with sixteen 4.5-inch dual-purpose guns, mounted in eight turrets. When action stations sounded, in one of these turrets, sweating in the tropical heat due to heavy asbestos anti-flash gear, lifting shells from the hoist to the gunner, while frantically turning the air into a ‘plum pudding’ of smoke and flame to smash the enemy kamikaze from the sky, was the author’s grandfather, Arthur Flint. Illustrated with almost 200 contemporary photographs throughout, Formidable is a memorial to the voyages and service of Arthur Flint and his shipmates during the war, from the Battle of Matapan, the landings in North Africa, Sicily and Salerno, to the arctic hunt for Tirpitz, before Formidable steamed east to Sydney in 1945 and joined the British Pacific Fleet, fighting alongside the Americans at Okinawa and the final assault against Japan.

"Crowdy’s work is a comprehensive narrative of this ship’s service and Flint’s naval career. The book is heavily illustrated, with relevant photographs of the ship and its crew on nearly every page. The text is based on intensive research in the British National Archives, the Imperial War Museum’s sound recordings, the BBC People’s War Archive, British government printed sources, and many secondary sources dealing with Formidable, the BPF, and the FAA. It is a worthy tribute to a fighting ship and crew that played a critical part in the Second World War."

The Northern Mariner/Le marin du nord (Vol. 33, Nos 3 and 4).

"Flint was the grandfather of the author, who listened to the tales his grandfather told and folded them into this remarkable tribute to the Illustrious and its crew."

Seapower Magazine

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About Terry Crowdy

Terry Crowdy is a well-established military historian with particular interest in the Napoleonic period, though his many previous books also include works on other conflicts and the history of espionage. His fascination with Napoleon's army led him to be a keen reenactor for many years. He works for the Royal Palaces, based in Hampton Court. He lives in Rainham, Kent.

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