Special Operations - No. 101 squadron, by Raymond Alexander

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Special Operations - No. 101 squadron, by Raymond Alexander
Special Operations - No. 101 squadron, by Raymond Alexander

Paperback published privarely by the author in 1979 and printed by CMH Printers (Holyhead, North Wales). 177 pages. (S8220WSO)

Signed and dated by the author on the title page, reading 'Raymond Alexander December 1979', and stating on the same page: Limited Edition of 1,000 copies, this is copy No. 184'

From the preface: Many Royal Air Force squadrons have been praised for the part they played during the Second World War but amongst them No 101 Squadron is seldom mentioned. This lack of publicity is due solely to the type of operations carried out by the squadron. For as well as its normal bombing functions, 101 was assigned the task of countering the enemy on the air-waves by the use of Airborne Cigar (ABC) jamming apparatus.

Airborne Cigar, like many other highly ingenious radio counter measure devices was, of course, top secret, and the security screen wrapped tightly around the adventures of the squadron prevented vital information reaching the enemy. Unfortunately, the use of this screen also resulted in many people being starved of information about a squadron which played an extremely important role during the war.

This book was compiled from several eye-witness accounts as well as from information contained in Squadron Archives about the exploits of No 101 Squadron, and is intended to fill the gaps for some, evoke a little nostalgia for others and whet the appetite of the uncommitted.
Chapters include:

1917 to 1919
1928 to 1939
Memories of 101 Squadron
1941 to 1942
Holme-on-Spalding Moor
Ludford Magna
Ludford Magna to Berlin
From Ludford with the Airborne Cigar
The Widow of Ludford Magna
Jack Morley and his Merry Men
Lancaster H-HOW
1945 to 1962
Operation Walkabout
Bale Out over Valley
Not all Sweetness and Light on the Squadron
1972 to 1978
101 Squadron Engineering Flight
They Are Not Forgotten
Operation Silver Wings
The Ludford Memorial
Awards 1917 to 1918
Commanding Officers
Bases, etc
Main Equipment
Lancaster Listing
Record of Bombs Dropped
New Arrivals 15th June 1943
The Class of December 1978
Roll of Honour
About the Author

The condition of the book is generally ok. The cover has some minor scuffs, blemishes and creases, and light creasing and wear along the edges and corners, but the spine is intact and all pages are intact, unblemished and tightly bound.