Flat Out - The Story of 30 Squadron, by John F Ham

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Formed in Egypt in March 1915 to defend the colony and the all-important Suez Canal against the Turks, 30 Squadron spent the Great War in the Middle East, flying a hotch-potch of types, mostly on reconnaissance and bombing missions. It stayed in Egypt and Iraq in the inter-war years, principally flying the DH.9A, the Wapiti, the Hardy and then the Blenheim.

World War Two saw the squadron operating over the Western Desert, mainland Greece and Crete. In March 1942 30 Squadron was rushed to Ceylon to counter Japanese attacks. In 1944 it was transferred to the Burma front and re-equipped with Thunderbolts. After VJ Day it stayed in India, to fly Tempests until December 1946.

30 Squadron re-formed in England in November 1947 as a Dakota-equipped transport squadron and took part in the Berlin airlift. Later equipment included the Valetta, the Beverley and the Hercules. It served in Kenya and Bahrain as well as in the UK.

This magnificent squadron history is in a class of its own for its immense detail and the richness of its illustration ­ it includes more than 500 photographs, many never published before, and four pages of side-views. This 320-pagd A4 hardback also features maps, details of bases, offensive operations in both World Wars, a Roll of Honour and a listing of the aircraft operated by this great RAF squadron.

Foreword by ACM Sir John Cheshire.


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