Northern England: Co. Durham, Cumbria, Isle of Man, Lancashire, Merseyside, Manchester, Northumberland, Tyne & Wear, Yorkshire - Ken DelveThe Crowood Press, 2006, Paperback.
Condition: Good. A pleasant enough reading copy. Scattered researcher's highlighting throughout.
First in this, paperback, edition. Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Maps; Tables;
From the cover: “In the latter years of World War Two, hundreds of bombers left airfields in Yorkshire night after night on missions to Germany; but though the region’s largest county dominates the story, this is by no means the full tale of Northern England’s aviation heritage.
During World War One the east of this region was involved with defending against German airships, while Lancashire rapidly developed into an important centre of the aircraft industry. The 1930s saw the beginnings of frantic airfield building, with acres of land acquired for the construction of bases for Bomber, Fighter and Coastal Commands. Throughout the War the region was a hive of activity, with combat squadrons operating in the east and training in the safer west.
The end of the war meant that most of these airfields were no longer required and many soon returned to agricultural use. In the Cold-War period the east of the region played host to a number of active sites, and training and aircraft manufacture remained important, but in the early 21st Century activity is centred on the Vale of York; almost all else is gone.”
Size: 9¼" x 6½". In the Military Airfields of Britain series. 320 pages.