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    Shot Down and in the Drink: True Stories of RAF and Commonwealth Aircrews Saved from the Sea in WWII (Paperback) By (author) Graham Pitchfork

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    DescriptionUsing extensive research into official records held at The National Archives, Air Commodore Graham Pitchfork describes the formation and evolution of Air Sea Rescue in response to wartime events. He reveals how aircrews were trained to act in crash scenarios, the survival equipment they used, and the different methods of possible rescue - by RAF or Royal Navy launches, by airborne lifeboats, or by aircraft such as the Lysander or specialist amphibious and flying boats. Many of these accounts are published for the first time - the result of new archival research or interviews with surviving members of the aptly named Goldfish Club. Useful maps, diagrams and over 80 previously unpublished official and private photographs complement this unique record of human resourcefulness and courage.The second half of the book presents over 40 gripping, first-hand accounts of rescue and survival from the three main operational areas: north-west Europe, the Mediterranean and the Far East: .One fighter pilot with particularly bad luck had to bale out over the Adriatic three times in three weeks; amazingly, he was also successfully rescued each time.Another came down in a minefield within range of the German guns at Calais; an amphibious aircraft still managed to pull off a daring rescue, dodging both mines and enemy fighters overhead.


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    Title
    Shot Down and in the Drink
    Subtitle
    True Stories of RAF and Commonwealth Aircrews Saved from the Sea in WWII
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Graham Pitchfork
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 288
    Width: 130 mm
    Height: 198 mm
    Thickness: 23 mm
    Weight: 340 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781905615056
    ISBN 10: 1905615051
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25500
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC subject category V2: HBG, HBWQ
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.4
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: ET030
    Ingram Theme: CULT/BRITIS
    B&T Merchandise Category: TXT
    BISAC V2.8: HIS015000
    B&T General Subject: 520
    BISAC V2.8: HIS027140
    Ingram Subject Code: HM
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/1940
    Libri: I-HM
    DC22: 940.544941
    BISAC V2.8: HIS027100
    LC classification: UG
    LC subject heading:
    Thema V1.0: NHB, NHWR7, NHWL
    Illustrations note
    16 b/w plates
    Publisher
    Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
    Imprint name
    The National Archives
    Publication date
    28 September 2007
    Publication City/Country
    Richmond