619: The History of a Forgotten Squadron, by Bryan Clark

619: The History of a Forgotten Squadron, by Bryan Clark

Published by Woodfield in 2010, 150 pages. Large A4 size Paperback (N4474)

From the rear side cover: When the remains of a Lancaster bomber and its crew were found in a river in the German town of Hannover in 1977 an investigation began that was to take over 25 years to complete...

At the time, the author of this book, Bryan Clark, was serving in the Royal Air Force Police in Germany and he was given the task of investigating the crash site and discovering the identities of the dead airmen. His initial investigations led him to the discovery that the squadron to which the missing aircraft had belonged - No 619, based at RAF Woodhall Spa in Lincolnshire - had all but disappeared from history.Little information on the squadron was available and very few if its former personnel had survived the war....

Bryan became determined to unearth as much as he could about the squadron, the men who served in it, and its role in the Second World War, and this book thus tells the story not only of that particular aircraft (EE109 PG-f) and its seven man crew, but the wider history of the squadron itself. It includes statistics on every aircraft and aircrew member lost by 619 Squadron, along with details of all the squadrons activities during the war

619 Squadron was formed in the summer of 1943 and disbanded after the war was won. In the meantime the squadron lost 85 aircraft and almost 600 men in 23 months of operations as a main force squadron of No.5 Group of Bomber Command. It had provided three of the Command’s master bombers and shared bases, aircraft and crews with its better-known sister squadron, No 617 Squadron (of dambusters fame)

The condition of the book is generally excellent. The covers are clean and bright, the spine is tight and intact, and all pages are clean, intact, unblemished and tightly bound.

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