Author(s): Anthony Cooper
Goldfish Caterpillars & Guinea Pigs: Accounts of Pilots and Air Crews from World War II (paperback edition)
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1943 was the turning point in the Battle of the Atlantic when forces, technologies and tactics turned against Germany’s U-boats.
The victory not only secured Britain’s trans-Atlantic lifeline to the United States, but also enabled the vast build-up in military forces in Britain necessary to launch D-Day in 1944.
The Allied battle to defeat the U-boat menace was a combined effort by the naval and air forces of several Allied nations, and this is the story of one part during the decisive mid-war period.
Nos 10 and 461 Squadrons of the Royal Australian Air Force flew Sunderland flying boats from bases in Wales and Devon as part of RAF Coastal Command; these two squadrons flew long-range daylight missions over the eastern Atlantic, patrolling Britain’s southwest approaches. They hunted and killed U-boats transiting between their mid-Atlantic hunting grounds and their bases in Bordeaux and fought furious air battles over the Bay of Biscay against Luftwaffe Ju 88 long-range fighters tasked specifically with shooting them down.
These two Australian squadrons established a combat record.
|FORMAT||234 x 156 mm|
|PUBLICATION DATE||10 December 2020
|ILLUSTRATIONS||38 black-and-white photographs|