privately printed,Beaumont, 1965, UK first edition, hard bound in dust jacket, VG/VG CONDITION ( light dj wear ), 113 pages, illus, appendices.-----------------------------------------------------No. IX (B) Squadron was formed and disbanded twice during the First World War. The first incarnation was formed in France from a detachment of the RFC HQ; this lasted less than a year. Re-formed at Brooklands a few weeks later as a fighter squadron, No. 9 was equipped with an assortment of different types; it was disbanded again after the war, in 1919. The squadron's life as a bomber unit began on 1 April 1924, reforming at Upavon, later RAF Manston, with the Vickers Vimy. Less than a year later, the squadron re-equipped with the Vickers Virginia heavy bomber, which it retained until this was replaced by the Handley Page Heyford in 1936. World War II began with the unit one of the few equipped with modern aircraft, the Vickers Wellington bomber, flying out of RAF Honington; the Wellington later gave way to the Avro Lancaster, with which the unit would complete its most famous sorties. On 4 September 1939, the squadrons Wellington aircraft and crews were the first to hit the enemy, the first to get into a dogfight, possibly the first to shoot down an enemy aircraft, the first to be shot down by one and, towards the end of the war, the first to hit the German battleship Tirpitz with the Tallboy 12,000 pound bomb, an achievement by the crew of a Lancaster on her 102nd operation with the squadron. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ No. 9 fought with RAF Bomber Command in Europe all the way through World War Two, took part in all the major raids and big battles, pioneered and proved new tactics and equipment, produced several of the leading figures in The Great Escape, became one of the two specialised squadrons attacking precision targets with the Tallboy bomb, and led the final mainforce raid, on Berchtesgaden, 25 April 1945. The battleship Tirpitz had been moved into a fjord in Northern Norway where she threatened the Arctic convoys and was too far north to be attacked by air from the UK. She had already been damaged by a Royal Navy midget submarine attack and a second attack from carrier born aircraft of the Fleet Air Arm. But both attacks had failed to sink her. The task was given to No. 9 and No.617 Squadrons who, operating from a base in Russia, attacked the Tirpitz with Tallboy bombs which damaged her so extensively that she was forced to head south to Tromsos fjord to be repaired. This fjord was in range of bombers operating from Scotland. There in October from a base in Scotland she was attacked again. Finally on November 12, 1944, the two squadrons attacked the Tirpitz and she capsized. All three RAF attacks on the Tirpitz were led by Wing Commander JB "Willy" Tait, who had succeeded Wing Commander Leonard Cheshire as CO of No. 617 Squadron in July 1944. After the War, the Lancasters were replaced by Avro Lincolns until 1952, when the Squadron re-equipped with English Electric Canberra jet-bombers. These aircraft were used during three months of operations in Malaya in 1956 and during the Suez Crisis. In March 1962, the squadron converted to the Avro Vulcan and became part of the V-Force, spending six years in Cyprus as part of the Near East Air Force before disbanding in April 1982. N° de ref. de la librería
Título: The History of 9 Squadron, Royal Air Force.
Descripción Lincolnshire Chronicle, Lincoln, NE, 1965. Cloth. Estado de conservación: Very Good Plus. Estado de la sobrecubierta: No Dust Jacket. 113 pp. Tightly bound. Corners not bumped. Text is free of markings. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Nº de ref. de la librería 013138
Descripción Beaumont Publications, UK, 1965. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: NF. 1st Edition. First edition bound in green cloth. A near fine copy in a very good du st jacket. Dust soiling to the edges of the book's upper page block. T he dust jacket has rubs/frays to the head and heel of its spine and to its corners. Rubs to the front panel. Dust soiling to the rear panel. Nº de ref. de la librería 32600
Descripción Lincolnshire Chronicle 1st printing, Lincoln, 1965. 113 p., photos, appendices, small 8vo; VG/VG dust jacket, rubbing to dust jacket. Nº de ref. de la librería 57580
Descripción Beaumont Aviation Literature, 1965. Hardback. Estado de conservación: Very Good. Estado de la sobrecubierta: Very Good. First edition.. 1st 1965. Slightly better than very good condition in a very good dustwrapper. Formed on 8th December 1914, No. IX Squadron was the senior squadron serving in Bomber Command. Green boards, silver title to spine. B/w photos. Very faint damp mottling to boards. Contents clean. Blue dustwrapper is a little scuffed to rear panel. [S]. Nº de ref. de la librería 1811958
Descripción Beaumont Aviation Literature, 1965. Hard Cover. Estado de conservación: Very Good. Estado de la sobrecubierta: Very Good. First Edition. 113pp, illus, photos, list of squadron aeroplanes, list of awards in WWII, officer list. Book and jacket are in excellent condition - appears unread and no marks, annotations or inscriptions. Jacket has no signs of wear at all. Nº de ref. de la librería AB005060