Alone on a Wide Wide Sea: The Story of 835 Naval Air Squadron in the Second World War - E. E. BarringerLondon: Leo Cooper, 1995, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper.
Contains: Black & white photographs; Black & white drawings; Tables; Appendices ;
From the cover: “This is the history of 835 Naval Air Squadron told by one of its surviving commanding officers. It is a story of outstanding feats of flying, told factually, honestly and without pretence. If you want to know what it was like to fly in the Fleet Air Arm in the Second World War this is the book to read.
Many people now feel that the work of the Merchant Navy in the Second World War has seldom been given the recognition it deserves; for without the merchant vessels which continually battled their way through the stormy waters of the Atlantic, Britain would soon have been starved of essential supplies. Protecting these merchant vessels was the job of the small ships and escort-carriers of the Royal Navy; and 835 Squadron, flying mainly from the aircraft-carrier Nairana, spent much of the war defending our Atlantic and Russian convoys from the attacks of German U-boats and aircraft.
Barry Barringer may err somewhat on the side of modesty when he light-heartedly takes for granted the incredible feats of airmanship that he and his colleagues were called on to perform; but he cannot disguise the difficult conditions and constant danger that were their daily routine. Landing on an ice-covered deck in total darkness in a force 9 gale with the carrier pitching and rolling like some frenzied animal cannot, by any stretch of the imagination, be called a pleasant experience.
Barringer has gathered together a wealth of first-hand accounts by the crew of the Nairana and other members of the squadron, and these give his story a compelling sense of immediacy. Alone on a Wide, Wide Sea is both a moving tribute to his colleagues and a reminder of what we owe to those brave men who kept the sea lanes open in Britain’s time of greatest danger. It also fills a niche in history; for this is the first account of the work of a Naval Air Squadron ever to be written.”