MOON SQUADRON by Jerrard Tickell


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A fragment of RAF activity comes out from under wraps with the story of what went on at Tempsford which was ""one of the best kept secrets of the war"". For there, under The Firm (Special Operations Executive, the parent group), Set Europe Ablaze developed its moonlight transports to occupied countries, carrying no bomb loads but volunteers who were to penetrate, aid resistance movements and harry from within. With the 1419 Flight the first to fly, the 138 Squadron, from World War I, was revived, and the record of the pilots and their ""Joes"" runs through the Polish patriots returned to their country, the French, and the English who assisted them, the activities in the North and further south in Europe, and over to the southeast Asian theatre. Through the areas of operations mounted, the moonlight rendezvous, and obstacles of weather and enemy aircraft, are the stories of the men who flew, those who were dropped and those who were picked up in a kind of David and Goliath theme. Written with an eye for the adventure and drama of the flights, this is a rousing account of ""common fortitude"" and often uncommon courage. Good.

Pub Date: March 20th, 1958
Publisher: Doubleday