Phoenix Squadron : HMS "Ark Royal", Britain's Last Topguns and the Untold Story of Their Most Dramatic Mission Paperback
January 1972: the tiny outpost of British Honduras is threatened with imminent invasion by battle-hardened, US-trained Guatemalan paratroops.
Britain's response must be immediate and decisive. But there is only one deterrent the government can offer: HMS Ark Royal, once the Navy's most powerful warship, now a white elephant on the verge of being scrapped.
To save the small colony, she must launch a pair of Buccaneer fighter bombers on an unprecedented long-range mission.
But first the old carrier must make a high-speed, 1,500 mile dash across the Atlantic towards the Gulf of Mexico.
The odds of arriving in time are very slim indeed...Drawing on extensive first-hand accounts and previously unseen, classified documents, Rowland White has pieced together one of the most audacious and thrilling missions of post-war British military history.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 544 pages, Illustrations (some col.), maps, ports. (some col.)
- Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
- Publication Date: 01/04/2010
- Category: History of the Americas
- ISBN: 9780552152907