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Halifax at War

Halifax at War

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{detailed description}"From Hell, Hull and Halifax, good Lord deliver us". This Tudor prayer could easily have been incanted during World War 2 by the besieged inhabitants of Hamburg, Hanover, or indeed any other German city, as the bombs of the Allies rained down upon them.
Alongside the Avro Lancaster, Handley Page's Halifax bore the brunt of 'Bomber' Harris' strategic air offensive against Nazi Germany, and over 6,000 were built, running to more than 20 variants. Between 1941 and 1945, Bomber Command's Halifaxes dropped over 227,000 tons of bombs on Axis targets and flew almost 80,000 sorties.
In Halifax at War Brian Rapier examines the varying roles and theatres of operations in which this most versatile but much-maligned aircraft played its part - from the flak-torn night skies over northwest Europe to the swirling sands of the North African desert; from the bleak watery wastes of the North Atlantic to top-secret 'cloak & dagger' Operations. Supported by the lucid recollections of former Halifax crewmen and an impressive selection of photographs and tone profiles, Halifax at War provides a fascinating insight into the life of this famous bomber and those who flew and died in her.

Front cover:
Halifax B Mk 3, LW425 'V-Victor' of No 425 Squadron RCAF, crosses the Yorkshire coast on return from a night raid on Stuttgart in the early morning of 21 February 1944. 'V-Victor' was flown on that night by Sgt Brian Hall from Rhode Island, USA, on his first operational flight as captain.
'V-Victor' was lost on a Berlin raid on 24/25 March when, flown by Plt Off J. A. Renaud, it was shot down by a night-fighter at Seyda, 50 miles south-southwest of 'The Big City'. Sgt Hall and five of his mixed nationality crew were killed on the following evening when their new Halifax crashed in Wiltshire during a night cross-country exercise.
From an original painting by Michael Stride
{Author / Publisher / Date}by Brian J. Rapier
Published by Ian Allan 1987 1st edition. 128pp
{condition}mint, d/j slightly rubbed at top edge.
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