In All Things First
No. 1 Squadron at War 1939-45
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In All Thing’s First looks in detail at RAF Number 1 Squadron during the Second World War with particular emphasis on the pilots and its operational activities. No. 1 Squadron was active from a very early stage when it flew to France on 8 September 1939 as part of the Advanced Air Striking Force and played a significant role in the Battle of France. Unlike most other squadrons that fought in France, it also played a major part in the Battle of Britain in 11 Group.

Later in the war the Squadron had considerable success in the night intruder role and also took part in the defence against hit-and-run raiders. It was highly active over occupied Europe carrying out Rhubarb and Ramrod operations including the dive bombing of V-1 installations. When the V-1 campaign began 1 Squadron was the highest scoring Spitfire squadron. During the Second World War it flew the Hawker Hurricane from 1939-42 before converting to the Typhoon. In early 1944 it received Spitfire IXs and ended the war with the Griffon-powered Spitfire.

The main part of the book covers 1 Squadron during World War 2 and then through the Post War Years bringing the No.1 Squadron story up to date.
Link:
Many thanks to Pen & Sword Books for the review copy; www.pen-and-sword.co.uk
Rating:
All you ever wanted to know about RAF Number 1 Squadron.
Recommended!


In All Things First - No. 1 Squadron at War 1939-45
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Book format and details:
Title:
In All Things First: No. 1 Squadron at War 1939-45
Author:
Peter Caygill
ISBN:
9781848840508
Format:
Hardback, 240 x 165mm, 314 pages
Illustrations:
Black & white photographs
©:
All images © copyright Pen & Sword books, do not use without permission
Publ. date:
November 2009
In All Things First - No. 1 Squadron at War 1939-45
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