Airfields of the D-Day Invasion Air Force
2nd Tactical Air Force in South-East England in WWII
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Part of the Aviation Heritage Trail series, the airfields in this book are concentrated in Kent, Surrey, East Sussex, Essex and Greater London.

The South east of England emerged from six years of war with a rich diversity of RAF bomber and fighter airfields used by the 2nd Tactical Air Force, both before and after the D-Day landings. Much of this proud legacy is now disappearing. However, the tourist can combine visits to an abundance of disused and active airfields, country houses and museums with countless attractions, imaginative locations and broadland and coastal hideaways that have no equal.

The 26 airfields covered are; Biggin Hill, Bradwell Bay, Chailey, Coolham, Deanland, Detling, Dunsfold, Fairlop, Friston, Gatwick, Gravesend, Heston, Hornchurch, Horne, Hunsdon, Kenley, Lympne, Manston, Newchurch, Northolt, North Weald, Redhill, Sculthorpe, Shoreham, Swanton Morley and West Malling.

This book looks at the history and personalities associated with each base, what remains today and explores the favourite local wartime haunts where aircrew and ground crew would have sought well-deserved entertainment and relaxation. Other museums and places that are relevant will also be described and general directions on how to get them included.

Link:
Many thanks to Pen & Sword Aviation Books for the review copy; www.pen-and-sword.co.uk
Rating:
An excellent read featuring 26 airfields, most of which have not been featured on the controltowers website making this book very welcome.
Part 2 will cover the airfields in the south and south-west of England. Recommended!
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Book format and details:
Title:
Airfields of the D-Day Invasion Air Force - 2nd Tactical Air Force in South-East England in WWII
Author:
Peter Jacobs
ISBN:
978 1 84415 900 0
Format:
215 x 135mm, 216 pages
Illustrations:
100+ photographs and illustrations
Publ. date:
November 2009
Airfields of the D-Day Invasion Air Force - Pen & Sword books
Aviation Book Reviews at www.controltowers.co.uk © robert truman November 2009