An Expendable Squadron : The Story of 217 Squadron, Coastal by Roy Conyers Nesbit

By Roy Conyers Nesbit

Roy Nesbit's hugely illustrated background of Coastal Command's 217 Squadron - the squadron within which he served - provides a first-hand perception into the dangerous low-level missions the squadron flew opposed to enemy delivery and ports through the moment international conflict. He chronicles the squadron's operations from the outbreak of conflict whilst it patrolled in Avro Ansons over the Western techniques to the English Channel. Then got here the main severe interval of its wartime occupation whilst, flying Beauforts, it focused on minelaying and assaults on transport alongside the west coast of German-occupied France. It additionally fixed bold raids on large U-boat bunkers and different enemy installations. the tale of those harmful operations, within which many airplane have been misplaced and airmen have been killed, makes up the main memorable component to the narrative. yet Roy Nesbit takes the squadron's tale during to the later years of the warfare whilst, after a quick or even extra risky interval flying from Malta that allows you to sink enemy delivery within the Mediterranean, it used to be established in Ceylon and was once re-equipped with Beaufighters for the conflict opposed to the japanese. as well as telling the tale of the squadron and the boys who served in it, the narrative describes the stipulations persevered via the French humans within the ports 217 attacked, and it covers the raids introduced opposed to German coastal bases after the squadron had moved to the a long way East. An Expendable Squadron might be soaking up examining for somebody who has a different curiosity within the historical past of Coastal Command, within the airplane 217 Squadron flew, and within the event of strive against flying seventy years in the past.

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With the growing crisis in Europe, 217 Squadron was re-formed on 15 March 1937 and equipped with Avro Ansons as a general reconnaissance squadron of Coastal Command. In the absence of any suitable land base near the coast, it was first stationed at the training station of RAF Boscombe Down in Wiltshire. However, in the following June it moved to the fighter station of RAF Tangmere, which at least was nearer the coast. During this period, the crews specialised in ceremonial flying in close formation.

On 18 December, another long-range attack was attempted against the docks at Bordeaux. S. Petch, ran out of fuel shortly before reaching the English coast on the return flight. Petch made a successful ditching near The Needles off the Isle of Wight, but the ‘Mae West’ lifejacket worn by the wireless operator, Sergeant Henry E. Postill, failed to inflate and he was lost. The other three men were picked up by an air-sea rescue launch. On the next night bombing attack, 20 December, Brest was again the choice, but with Lorient as a secondary target.

On 23 May he boarded Catalina AH560, being ferried from the Middle East back to Mount Batten in Cornwall, but this was lost for no known reason and there were no survivors. 48 An Expendable Squadron One the night of 9/10 December 1940, RAF Bomber Command despatched ninety aircraft to bomb airfields and other targets at Düsseldorf, Lorient and Bordeaux. Some bombs at Bordeaux caused considerable damage to vessels and the docks, but others fell in residential areas. The Stock Exchange and the Hotel Fronfède were among those damaged, as shown here.

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