Shot Down and in the Drink: True Stories of RAF and Commonwealth aircrew saved from the sea 1939-1945

By: Graham Pitchfork

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Book Details: 304 pages; 5" x 7 3/4", paper, The National Archives [United Kingdom]


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Using extensive research into official records held at The National Archives, Air Commodore Graham Pitchfork describes the formation and evolution of Air Sea Rescue in response to wartime events. He reveals how aircrews were trained to act in crash scenarios, the survival equipment they used, and the different methods of possible rescue - by RAF or Royal Navy launches, by airborne lifeboats, or by aircraft such as the Lysander or specialist amphibious and flying boats. Many of these accounts are published for the first time - the result of new archival research or interviews with surviving members of the aptly named Goldfish Club. Useful maps, diagrams and over 80 previously unpublished official and private photographs complement this unique record of human resourcefulness and courage.The second half of the book presents over 40 gripping, first-hand accounts of rescue and survival from the three main operational areas: north-west Europe, the Mediterranean and the Far East: .One fighter pilot with particularly bad luck had to bale out over the Adriatic three times in three weeks; amazingly, he was also successfully rescued each time.Another came down in a minefield within range of the German guns at Calais; an amphibious aircraft still managed to pull off a daring rescue, dodging both mines and enemy fighters overhead.

Title: Shot Down and in the Drink: True Stories of RAF and Commonwealth aircrew saved from the sea 1939-1945

Author: Graham Pitchfork

Categories: Britain, Great Britain,

Publisher: The National Archives [United Kingdom]:

ISBN Number: 1905615051

ISBN Number 13: 9781905615056

Binding: Paperback

Book Details: 304 pages; 5" x 7 3/4", paper, The National Archives [United Kingdom]

Seller ID: 615056

Description: Using extensive research into official records held at The National Archives, Air Commodore Graham Pitchfork describes the formation and evolution of Air Sea Rescue in response to wartime events. He reveals how aircrews were trained to act in crash scenarios, the survival equipment they used, and the different methods of possible rescue - by RAF or Royal Navy launches, by airborne lifeboats, or by aircraft such as the Lysander or specialist amphibious and flying boats. Many of these accounts are published for the first time - the result of new archival research or interviews with surviving members of the aptly named Goldfish Club. Useful maps, diagrams and over 80 previously unpublished official and private photographs complement this unique record of human resourcefulness and courage.

The second half of the book presents over 40 gripping, first-hand accounts of rescue and survival from the three main operational areas: north-west Europe, the Mediterranean and the Far East:

*One fighter pilot with particularly bad luck had to bale out over the Adriatic three times in three weeks; amazingly, he was also successfully rescued each time
*Another came down in a minefield within range of the German guns at Calais; an amphibious aircraft still managed to pull off a daring rescue, dodging both mines and enemy fighters overhead.

About Author
Air Commodore Graham Pitchfork is an aviation historian and defence consultant. During his 36 years in the RAF he served as navigator, commanded a Buccaneer squadron and, before retiring in 1995, was appointed a Director of Military Intelligence at the Ministry of Defence. His previous books include the companion volume about land-based rescues Shot Down and on the Run (2003), The Buccaneers (2002) and Men behind the Medals (1998); he has also written numerous articles on aviation history.
304 pages; 5" x 7 3/4", paper, The National Archives [United Kingdom]