This book narrates the tale of the men and the aircraft who, gave their utmost in the attempt to sink or cripple the German Battleship Tirpitz in the spring of 1942. One of the aircraft, Halifax S for Sugar, was hit by anti-aircraft fire and , against the odds, the pilot, Donald MacIntyre, managed to crash-land the blazing Halifax on a frozen lake. The crew all managed to evacuate the aircraft, although Sergeant Stevens was injured, and, despite being shot at, made it cover. Stevens couldn’t make it far and was eventually captured and became a POW, but the rest of the crew got away. The aircraft was recovered from the lake and brought back to Britain in 1973. All the men who signed the book are featured within it’s pages. There are numerous photographs, with statistics to the rear.
The book contains a bookplate to the front free end-paper which is signed by the author and
Pilot Officer Donald Macintyre – 35 Squadron (Captain, Halifax W1048/S for Sugar)
Pilot Officer Ian Hewitt – 35 Squadron (Navigator, Halifax W1048/S for Sugar)
Sergeant Vic Stevens – 35 Squadron (Flight Engineer, Halifax W1048/S for Sugar)
Sergeant Ben Gibbons – 10 Squadron (2nd Pilot, Halifax W1038/O)
Flt Lieutenant Mick How – 10 Squadron (Tail Gunner,Halifax W1041/B)
Pilot Officer Ron Waite – 76 Squadron (2nd Pilot,Halifax R9486/Q)
Sub-Lieutenant Bernhard Bergersen KNM
The card covers are in vg condition, with slight edge-wear and light creases.
There is some light soiling to the page edges.
Inside, the content is clean and in near fine condition.
Tirpitz: The Halifax Raids
The Bomber Command Attacks on the Battleship Tirpitz in 1942
- Air Research Publications, 1994
- First edition
- 14 x 20 cm
- 331 pages