Essex Airfields in the Second World War - Graham SmithCountryside Books, 1996, Paperback.
Condition: Good. Lightly rubbed at the tips of the wrappers. Text complete, clean and tight, but has a slight kink to the entire block. A good reading copy and more.
First in this, paperback, edition. Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Maps ; Chapter Headpieces;
From the cover: “Essex has been associated with aviation from the earliest days of flight. During the last war, its proximity to London and to the coast of occupied Europe made it inevitable that it would be in the front line of Britain’s defences.
By the end of the war Essex had no fewer than 23 operational military airfields, all but three of them (Hornchurch, North Weald and Debden) built since 1939. The desperate months endured by ‘The Few’ in the Battle of Britain were followed by the arrival of the USAAF’s ‘mighty’ Eighth Air Force in 1942, and later by groups of the Ninth, in a huge build-up of air power that carried the war across the North Sea into the heart of Germany.
This book describes the history of each airfield — both RAF and USAAF — and highlights the major operations and raids carried out from them. The effects of the war on the daily lives of the people of Essex and the constant dangers they suffered, are also detailed.
Graham Smith’s action-packed book vividly recalls the days and nights when Essex skies echoed to the roar of Hurricanes, Spitfires, Mosquitos, Marauders, Mustangs, Thunderbolts and Flying Fortresses.”