(Last updated: 22.02.09)
Here are a list of books that I've found very useful...
Ken's Pilot Logbook
86 pages covering over 680 flights that total over 1,400 hours flying time, ranging from Training to full Operations. There are many highlights such as the 3rd Thousand Bomber Raid over Bremen, U-Boat Hunts, A/S Sweeps, Escort to Secret Force, Convoy Escorts, Creeping Line Ahead Searches
Psychological Disorders in Flying Personnel of the RAF
The following reports on investigations into psychological disorders in flying personnel during the war period 1939-1945 are issued for the information and guidance of the senior executive and all medical officers of the Royal Air Force.
Naught Escape Us: The story of No. 206 Squadron RAF: Peter Gunn
Peter B. Gun is an indexer by profession and in his spare time researches and writes aviation history. His interest in 206 Squadron resulted from his study of the early history of the squadron when it was based at Bircham Newton in Norfolk. He then undertook the task of compiling a comprehensive history for the 206 Squadron Association. The author of two previous books on local airfield history, he lives in Norfolk with his wife Janet.
206 Squadron Association 75th Anniversary
This booklet is not intended to be a complete history of 206 Squadron. It was written initially to commemorate the 70th Anniversary of a front line maritime squadron and has been updated for the 75th Anniversary. The historical material available to write about 206 is vast. The foresight of former members particularly Major john Blanford, has left us with a very well documented WW1 history and Flight Lieutenant Glazebrook wrote a unique and valuable version of a WW2 squadron at war. These works alone would justify 2 volumes and it is clearly beyond the scope of this booklet to include all the material available but it does reflect major events over the last 75 years.
The Cinderella Service: RAF Coastal Command 1939 - 1945: Andrew Hendrie
This book reveals the vital contribution that RAF Coastal Command made to the Allied war effort. Coastal Command is often referred to as the 'Cinderella Service' because it did not gain the recognition it deserved and was always overshadowed by Fighter and Bomber Commands.
Considering that it was not given priority in terms of aircraft and equipment, its wartime record was second to none.
The Air Ministry account of the part played by Coastal Command in the Battle of the seas 1939 - 1942
Coastal Command 1939-1945: Photographs from the Imperial War Museum: Ian Carter
Royal Air Force Coastal Command played a key part in the Allied victory during the Second World War, most notably during the Battle of the Atlantic when its aircraft participated in bitter convoy battles. From modest and relatively ineffective beginnings, Coastal Command grew into a powerful anti-submarine force, equipped with such legendary aircraft such as the Sunderland, the Wellington and the American built Liberator. Advances in radar technology, effective new weapons and improved tactics meant that RAF aircraft were able to find and sink U-boats, by day and night.