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North-West Aircraft Wrecks (Paperback)

Aviation > Reference

By Nick Wotherspoon
Imprint: Pen & Sword Aviation
Series: Aviation Heritage Trail
Pages: 252
ISBN: 9781844154784
Published: 16th November 2006
Last Released: 1st August 2007



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This book is a different approach to aviation archaeology, as the author, together with small, but dedicated, team of fellow enthusiasts explore aircraft crash sites in the North West of England, treating each of the incidents selected to detailed in-depth research and meticulous on-site investigation. Each of the eighteen chapters explores, in previously unpublished detail, the background to an incident, the units, aircraft and airmen involved, as well as the conclusions drawn from piecing together the story and the artefacts uncovered. Emphasis is placed on revealing who these individuals were, their previous service history and subsequent flying career, if they survived, often based on accounts from their friends, comrades and relatives, giving a unique insight into the human story behind each geographical site. Many of the projects have involved major excavations to uncover the remains of these aircraft and this work is described in detail by the author, who actually organised and attended the digs, sharing with the reader the excitement of the discovery of important artefacts that have lain buried and forgotten for some 60 years or more. These digs and the finds uncovered are illustrated throughout, together with period photographs of pilots and crew members and many 'then and now' comparisons of the crash sites themselves. The addition of a comprehensive index and appendices giving outline details of nearly 2000 other incidents also make this work a valuable reference resource in its own right.

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 Nick Wotherspoon

About Nick Wotherspoon

Nick Wotherspoon BA (Hons) has been actively involved with vintage and classic vehicles for most of his life, owning several Bond vehicles over the years, including two currently, one of which is under restoration. He has maintained an strong interest in the Bond story, since researching the subject for a final year dissertation at university. This evolved into an earlier, now long out of print, work on Bond cars (1993) and a television documentary (Inside Out, BBC 2009), as well as more recently being commissioned to write the entry on Lawrie Bond for the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. A former librarian, he currently works for Lancashire County Council Cultural Services and lives in the Ribble Valley.

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