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    DescriptionThe author Malcolm Smith has been the Editor of Jabberwock, the bi-annual journal of the Fleet Air Arm Museum, for a short while and has inherited the complete archive of editions dating back to the formation of SOFFAAM in 1979. In browsing through these, it quickly became apparent to him that they provided a unique archive of reminiscence of the men and (occasionally) women who served in, or have been associated with, the Fleet Air Arm since its formation in 1918. The Fleet Air Arm were the branch of the British Royal Navy responsible for the operation of naval aircraft, and its history is a varied one as these accounts attest. The Royal Navy, in common with the other armed services, expanded enormously during the Second World War, so anecdotes from this period naturally predominate. To illustrate the varied experiences of the contributors, these are grouped into "War in the West" and "War in the East". Whether drawn from peace or war, however, what emerges from these pages is a particular spirit, peculiar to the Fleet Air Arm and reflecting its somewhat hybrid nature; a spirit derived from a high level of professional competence combined with a certain irreverence towards Authority.


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    Title
    Voices in Flight: The Fleet Air Arm
    Subtitle
    Recollections from Formation to Cold War
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Malcolm Smith
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 272
    Width: 156 mm
    Height: 234 mm
    Thickness: 29 mm
    Weight: 649 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781781590928
    ISBN 10: 1781590923
    Classifications

    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.4
    BIC E4L: WAR
    BIC subject category V2: JWG
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 04
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 03
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 01
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    BIC subject category V2: HBW
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15590
    B&T General Subject: 520
    BISAC V2.8: HIS027140
    Ingram Subject Code: HM
    Libri: I-HM
    Abridged Dewey: 355
    LC classification: UG
    DC23: 359.940941
    Illustrations note
    40 black and white photographs in plates
    Publisher
    Pen & Sword Books Ltd
    Imprint name
    Pen & Sword Aviation
    Publication date
    19 July 2013
    Publication City/Country
    South Yorkshire
    Author Information
    Malcolm Smith served for 30 years in the Fleet Air Arm as an Air Engineer Officer. In a varied career, he served with 801 and 809 Buccaneer squadrons in HMS Hermes and Ark Royal respectively. He also spent two years with the Royal Air Force at RAF Cottesmore with 360 (Canberra) Squadron. After a spell at the Royal Naval Air Station at Culdrose, he filled a variety of Staff and MoD appointments. These positions included being responsible for engineering standards and practices in Small Ships' Flights (both Wasp and Lynx) and later having some influence on aviation arrangements in aircraft capable ships, before retiring in 1990. He lives in Dorset.
    Review quote
    Riveting, surprising and in some cases slightly humorous. A reflection of the calibre and bravery that these young navy aircrews were made of. For anyone with an interest in 'tail hookers'. particularly those of the Royal Navy, this book should be on one's shelf. Airfix Model World