By Martin W. Bowman
This enchanting iteration from Martin Bowman info the entire various and dynamic operations at sea performed via RAF Coastal Command opposed to the U-boats and the German military throughout the moment international warfare. starting with the disastrous Norwegian crusade, it takes within the a variety of assaults at the bustling German submarine base at Lorient, the assault on Brest, in addition to many different pivotal and remarkable occasions to brighten up the historical past of the sea-lanes in the course of the moment international battle. Battles with the U-boats are dropped at the fore, with info and reviews not just of the RAF pilots of Catalinas, Whitleys, Hudsons and Sunderlands, but additionally these of the distinctive U-boat crews. In scenes similar to ‘Das Boot’ German (and Italian) U-boat crews inform in their fears and studies whereas less than depth-charge assault and hearth from above through Liberators, Fortresses, Halifaxes, Sunderlands and Mosquitoes.
The 'big-game recreation' of 'hunting U-boats', because it was once termed, is relayed in complete and gripping element, with firsthand money owed from U-boat attackers punctuating Bowman's dramatic prose and resting along these of the German submariners. This two-sided background is bound to entice all lovers attracted to gaining a balanced perception into moment international struggle naval historical past.
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Flying round Ottero, he skirted the north of the island and turned into Molde Fjord where he came upon the destroyer Witherington with two or three merchant ships nearby. Just as he touched down on the water he sighted twelve Junkers 88s over the town of Molde flying in sections of three. Sweeping over the houses they bombed them heavily, starting many fires and then flew toward the destroyers and flying-boat. Three of the Junkers made straight for the Sunderland whose captain at once opened the throttles and dodged about over the water in the most erratic manner as bomb after bomb came hurtling down.
No combat air patrol was being flown, no aircraft were ready on the deck for quick take off and there was no lookout in Glorious's crow's nest. She was easy prey for the powerful enemy ships. The German battle-cruisers fired a ranging salvo, which missed. 1 inch hit the forward flight deck and burst in the upper hangar, starting a large fire. This hit destroyed two Swordfish being prepared for flight and the hole in the flight deck prevented any other aircraft from taking off. Splinters penetrated a boiler casing and caused a temporary drop in steam pressure.
French-Mullins was a fantastic pilot and DeepSeaHunterslayout_Layout 1 31/03/2014 15:04 Page 38 38 he made a perfect landing. As soon as we ditched I opened the main exit door and threw out the dinghy. We all got out of the aircraft and were floundering around in the water trying to right the dinghy, except FrenchMullins, who used the escape hatch near his piloting position. He got on to the wing of the aircraft and stood there for a little while. ' So I managed to push the dinghy towards him and he just stepped into the dinghy off the wing.