RAF UXB - The Wartime Exploits of Royal AIr Force Bomb Disposal Units, edited by Jim Jenkinson

RAF UXB - The Wartime Exploits of Royal AIr Force Bomb Disposal Units, edited by Jim Jenkinson

Published by Woodfield in 1999, 182 pages. Paperback (N7140)

From the rear side cover: Most people are aware of the dangerous work carried out by bomb disposal crews during World War Two. What many do not realise, however, is that the services had their own Bomb Disposal personnel; the RAF was no exception. RAF BD crews played a vital role during World War Two, disposing of enemy unex­ploded bombs (mills) and other explosive devices.

Their work at the height of the Battle of Britain, keeping airfields operational, was a significant factor in Britain's eventual victory. They were also called upon to use their knowledge of the weapons being used by our own forces to make safe bombs inadvertently released over the UK by damaged Allied aircraft or contained in the wreckage at crash sites. After the D- Day invasion the task of the BD Squads was to clear mines and booby-traps left behind by the retreating Germans and to find and make safe unexploded Allied bombs that had fallen on formerly enemy-occupied targets. After the war there was the huge task of destroying stockpiles of unwanted allied and enemy weapons and explosive ordnance.

Their work was hazardous in the extreme and many BD personnel were injured or killed in the pursuit of their dangerous profession. The stories gathered here have all been contributed by members of the RAF Bomb Disposal Association and give an insight into the varied activities of this colourful group of individuals, volunteers to a man, who were called upon in extraordinary circumstances to carry out tasks that few would have the courage to emulate...

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. There is a small price sticker on the rear side cover