South Western England : Channel Islands, Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Gloucestershire, Somerset, Wiltshire Paperback
by Ken Delve
Part of the Military Airfields of Britain series
This series of books provides a fresh user-friendly look at the military airfields of the British Isles.
The series is split geographically, each book including a number of counties on a regional basis.
Entries cover every military airfield within the counties, from WW1 to the present day and comprise: brief history of the airfield, construction and use including decoy sites; comprehensive list of flying units with dates and aircraft types; list of HQ units based at the airfield; details of memorials; maps and plans of almost every airfield; location details; and selection of period photographs.
Military aviation began in this region, and southwestern England remained important thereafter with training and Coastal Command bases during WWII; but its finest hour came with the launch of airborne operations on D Day, 1944.
Post -war the area's importance dwindled, but for those marooned at sea, and for the transport squadrons of the RAF, the extant airfields of the region remain highly significant.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 272 pages, 250 b&w photographs and diagrams
- Publisher: The Crowood Press Ltd
- Publication Date: 13/02/2006
- Category: Air forces & warfare
- ISBN: 9781861268105