In All Things First - No.1 Squadron at War 1939-1945, by Peter Caygill
Published by Pen and Sword in 2009, 282 pages. Hardback with Dust jacket (N5574)
Brand New Book
From the inside front fly leaf: This book looks in detail at 1 Squadron during the Second World War with particular emphasis on the pilots and its operational activities. 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 defense 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 F.21.
Chapters in the book include Early Days - a brief look at the history of 1 Squadron up to 1939, The First Team, The Phoney War, Blitzkrieg, The Battle of Britain, Junkers and Dorniers, Sweeps and Circuses, A Change in Role, Night Intruders, Enter The Typhoon, Low Level Raiders and Ramrods, The Spitfire, The V-1 Campaign, Bomber Escorts and the Spitfire F.21, and The Post War Years