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By Martin W. Bowman

This enchanting iteration from Martin Bowman information the entire diversified and dynamic operations at sea performed by means of RAF Coastal Command opposed to the U-boats and the German army throughout the moment international battle. starting with the disastrous Norwegian crusade, it takes within the various assaults at the bustling German submarine base at Lorient, the assault on Brest, in addition to many different pivotal and remarkable occasions to brighten up the historical past of the sea-lanes throughout the moment international battle. Battles with the U-boats are dropped at the fore, with information and studies not just of the RAF pilots of Catalinas, Whitleys, Hudsons and Sunderlands, but additionally these of the precise U-boat crews. In scenes akin to ‘Das Boot’ German (and Italian) U-boat crews inform in their fears and reports whereas less than depth-charge assault and hearth from above through Liberators, Fortresses, Halifaxes, Sunderlands and Mosquitoes.

The 'big-game game' of 'hunting U-boats', because it was once termed, is relayed in complete and gripping aspect, with firsthand bills from U-boat attackers punctuating Bowman's dramatic prose and resting along these of the German submariners. This two-sided heritage is certain to entice all fanatics drawn to gaining a balanced perception into moment international battle naval background.

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There were no losses. At dawn on the 17th Stavanger aerodrome was shelled by HMS Suffolk; a Hudson spotted for her and had to fight a Ju 88 over the target. Later in the day twelve Blenheims flew in two formations at different heights to Stavanger airfield. The high-flying formation dropped their bombs ten seconds before those flying at a lower level went in to the attack. By keeping formation they drove off repeated attacks by enemy fighters, though two, which became stragglers, were cut off and shot down.

There were no losses. At dawn on the 17th Stavanger aerodrome was shelled by HMS Suffolk; a Hudson spotted for her and had to fight a Ju 88 over the target. Later in the day twelve Blenheims flew in two formations at different heights to Stavanger airfield. The high-flying formation dropped their bombs ten seconds before those flying at a lower level went in to the attack. By keeping formation they drove off repeated attacks by enemy fighters, though two, which became stragglers, were cut off and shot down.

The Germans holding the town were resisting strongly. They had made the most of the natural defences and to overcome their resistance in the shortest time it was essential to prevent reinforcements and supplies from reaching them. Accordingly, on 28 May Jameson was instructed with two other members of his squadron to see if they could locate the flying-boats. Taking off in their Hurricane fighters, they climbed to look round before flying to the coast. In the most systematic way they began their search.

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