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Ep.131: Coastal Command Chapter 8 – The Fleet Air Arm

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Welcome to our Coastal Command series. This is Chapter 8 – The Fleet Air Arm.

In this chapter we look at the role of the Fleet Air Arm as it supported RAF Coastal Command in World War Two.

Swordfish MK1 (Navy Wings) in 820 Sq colours during the attack of the Bismarck in 1941 (c) Matt Willis

We go back to Ben Kite who opened the series for us, to help us look at the strategic alignment of the Fleet Air Arm with RAF Coastal Command and set the scene for this Chapter.

A Fairey Swordfish Il next to a Fairey Barracuda II at an airfield in Britain in early 1945, both carrying depth charges for anti submarine work, and both fitted with ASV II radar which could detect surface vessels and surfaced U-boats (c) Matt Willis

We then turn back to Naval Air Historian, Matt Willis, to help us better understand the more tactical elements of their role; the aircraft, the squadrons and the sorties they undertook

Recorded December 17th 2021

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Ben Kite

• Website: https://ben-kite.com/
• Helion Books: https://www.helion.co.uk/military-history-books/britain-and-the-commonwealths-war-in-the-air-1939-1945-volume-1-through-adversity.php
• Twitter: https://twitter.com/benkite1

Matt Willis

• Website: https://navalairhistory.com/
• Books Discussed:
o Mustang: The Untold Story https://shop.keypublishing.com/product/View/productCode/KB0036/Mustang:%20The%20Untold%20Story
o The Bristol Scout – Warpaint Series (28) https://guidelinepublications.co.uk/index.php?GOTO=787&PICFILE=787&STKNR=787&STRH=&ORDN=&RNZ=893745&THISVIEWMODE=2&SUPPLIER=&FINDRETR=&WIDENET=&CATEGORY=4&SUB=2&VWW=1&VANCE=99
o Indomitable: The Fortress of Malta Book 3 https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B08Z3CSCNQ/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_hsch_vapi_tkin_p1_i2
• Matt Willis on Amazon https://www.amazon.co.uk/Matthew-Willis/e/B00DQNCNZS/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1
• Twitter https://twitter.com/navalairhistory

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Grumman Avengers operating from RAF Hawkinge, 854 or 855 Squadron, in June-July 1944. Both squadrons covered Channel operations respectively from May until September (c) Matt Willis

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Jan 23 2022

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Ep.130: Coastal Command Chapter 7 – Australian and Allied aircrews

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Welcome to our Coastal Command series. This is Chapter 7 – Australian & Allied Aircrews.

In this chapter we hear the reports and stories of aircrews from Australia, Jamaica, Canada and Morocco. Their commitment, heroism, and ultimate sacrifice.

We talk to Keith Webb about the Australian aircrews and his personal links through his uncle Flying Officer Keith Wathen who was sadly lost in combat.

Keith is an experienced cinematographer, editor, writer and voiceover artist. Over the past 35 years Keith has directed thousands of Video and TV projects. Keith is also Project Director for the Temora Aviation Museum’s Unsung Heroes project, a video archive comprising hundreds of interviews with veterans from WW2, the Korean War, Vietnam and beyond.

We have an insert piece recorded by The Australian War Memorial for the Keith Murdoch Sound Archive and we kindly acknowledge the use of this recording for our programme here. It is with Flight Lieutenant Tom Fitzgerald, a Navigator in 547 Squadron talking about his time flying the Liberators in Coastal Command.

Finally, we turn to Andy Bird who gives us an insight in to three characters who served in Coastal Command from Jamaica, Canada and French Morocco. Andrew Bird studied at Reading College of Art & Design and served in Royal Air Force Reserves based at Brize Norton, Oxfordshire working extensively with The Artists Rifles (Reserves). Andy is an author and military historian, publishing books in particular on the maritime air war in Europe. He started researching and corresponding with former Coastal Command Anti-Shipping Strike aircrews and ground staff 32 years ago and has a wealth of material and scanned images.

Two Hampdens 415 Sq RCAF) with D415 piloted by PO Keith C Wathen were lost on a night torpedo mission 17 May 43 © Artwork by Anastasios Polychronis

He is the author of ‘A Separate Little War’, ‘Coastal Dawn’ and ‘Heroes of Coastal Command: The RAF’s Maritime War 1939’. He has written for several newspapers and magazines and has also written, presented, or acted as a historical consultant in documentaries, for BBC Radio and Television, C4, and NRK in Norway.

Recorded August & October 2021

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Keith Webb

• Temora Unsung Heroes Project https://aviationmuseum.com.au/unsung-heroes/
• Wings Over New Zealand podcast (Wings Over Australia – Keith Webb Episode) https://cambridgeairforce.org.nz/WONZShow/2015/12/episode-90-woa-keith-webb/
• Image Control http://www.imagecontrol.com.au/

Thomas Michael Fitzgerald, as a Flight Lieutenant, Navigator, 547 Squadron Royal Air Force RAF, interviewed by Tim Bowden for the Keith Murdoch Sound Archive of Australia in the War of 1939-45 © Australian War Memorial

• Full Interview, Transcripts and Supporting data https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/C87910

Black Friday attack on destroyer Z33

Andrew Bird

• Web http://andrewdbird.com/
• Twitter https://twitter.com/andydbird
• ‘A Separate Little War’ and ‘Coastal Dawn’ https://grubstreet.co.uk/gs-author/andrew-bird/
• ‘Heroes of Coastal Command’ https://www.pen-and-sword.co.uk/Andrew-D-Bird
• Coastal Dawn – Blenheim’s in Action from the Phoney War Through the Battle of Britain https://www.amazon.co.uk/Coastal-Dawn-Blenheims-Through-Britain/dp/1906502692
• Coastal Dawn Review http://aircrewbookreview.blogspot.com/2013/01/coastal-dawn-andrew-d-bird.html

Flying Officer Keith Wathen

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Wing Commander J.M. Guedj DSO, DFC

https://www.ordredelaliberation.fr/fr/compagnons/max-guedj

Flight Lieutenant David Errol Chance

https://www.caribbeanaircrew-ww2.com/?p=39

Flying Officer Allan Bundy

http://rcaf-arc.forces.gc.ca/en/article-template-standard.page?doc=flying-officer-allan-bundy-the-rcaf-s-first-black-pilot/il3c31n7

Other Useful Links

• IWM Sound Archive Australian JOHN APPLETON, served with RAF Coastal Command in GB, 1942-1943; NCO served with No 210 Sqdn RAF Coastal Command in GB, 1943-1944 including operations over Atlantic and Arctic and sinking of U-347; served with No 131 Operational Training Unit RAF Coastal Command in Northern Ireland, 1944-1945; officer served with No 4 Operational Training Unit RAF Coastal Command in Northern Ireland, 1944-1945 https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/80015083

ROYAL AIR FORCE COASTAL COMMAND, 1939-1945. (HU 93031) Oblique aerial photograph taken from a Bristol Beaufighter TF Mark X of No. 455 Squadron RAAF, during a joint attack by the Langham and North Coates Strike Wings on shipping lying at anchor off Marsdiep, between Den Helder and Texel, Holland. Here Beaufighters can be seen attacking German minesweepers with rocket projectiles and cannon fire, as a salvo of RPs from the photographing aircraft is rel… Copyright: © IWM. Original Source: http://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205023373

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Jan 16 2022

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Ep.129: Coastal Command Chapter 6 – The Adversaries

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Welcome to our Coastal Command series. This is Chapter 6 – The Adversaries.

In this chapter we look at the adversaries for RAF Coastal Command.

Understanding the U boats and their armament, we talk to Mark Lardas, author of Battle of the Atlantic 1939–41 – RAF Coastal Command’s Hardest Fight Against The U-Boats from Osprey publishing. Mark talks us through the different U Boat types and their specifications in an interesting view of the Coastal Command adversary!

Surrender of the German submarine U-889 (c) Colourised by Mark @CanadianColour

We then take a look at how Admiral Dönitz called upon the Luftwaffe to provide a long-range spotting and shadowing unit to act as ‘eyes’ for his U-boats. Robert Forsyth talks us through how they used their Junkers Ju 290s far out into the Atlantic to hunt Allied shipping from his book ‘Shadow over the Atlantic – The Luftwaffe and the U-Boats: 1943–45’ (Published by Osprey Publishing).

Recorded October 2021

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Mark Lardas

• Website: http://www.marklardas.com/about-me/
• Books: https://ospreypublishing.com/mark-lardas
• Battle of the Atlantic 1939–41 – RAF Coastal Command’s Hardest Fight Against The U-Boats https://ospreypublishing.com/battle-of-the-atlantic-1939-41

Robert Forsyth

• Website: https://www.chevronpublishing.co.uk/index.html
• Osprey Publishing: https://ospreypublishing.com/catalogsearch/result/?q=robert+forsyth
• Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/RobertForsythbugle/
• Shadow over the Atlantic – The Luftwaffe and the U-Boats: 1943–45 https://ospreypublishing.com/shadow-over-the-atlantic

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• German WWII Submarine Walkthrough & Tour- The U995 – Type VIIC/41 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TbblBA4oqTY
UBoat.Net https://uboat.net/
o “On this site you will find all the German U-boats of both World Wars, their commanding officers and operations including all Allied ships attacked, technological information and much more. You can also browse our large photo gallery and thousands of U-boat books and movies. While hundreds of U-boats were lost some of the boats are preserved as museums today”.

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Jan 09 2022

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Ep.128: Coastal Command Chapter 5 – Kiwi Crews

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Welcome once again to our Coastal Command series. This is Chapter 5 – Kiwi Crews.

In this chapter we look at the role and involvement of aircrews from New Zealand in RAF Coastal Command. Dave Homewood from the Wings Over New Zealand podcast interviews Dave Duxbury and Don Wilkie in this episode and joins us to co-host the chapter.

489 NZ Squadron Crew (c) Don Wilkie – Back Row Left to Right: F/O Jolly, F/O Parkin, S/L Reynolds, F/O Nugent, W/O Davidson, W/C Hammond, F/O Southernwood, F/O Ward
Front Row Left to Right: W/O Graham, F/S Priest, F/O Marsh, F/O Gray. April 1945 Air Force Museum of NZ

David Duxbury is well known in aviation circles as a prolific historian and researcher, and an author of several books including Aircraft of the Royal New Zealand Air Force. He volunteers several days a week at the Air Force Museum of New Zealand, working in their archives as a researcher.

He is considered a walking-talking encyclopedia of RNZAF history, and what he does not know, he researches in depth.

Don Wilkie is an artist. He has worked in publishing and had his own graphic design company, but he began painting seriously in 2012. He has a love of aviation history and has specialised in painting scenes of RNZAF history, particularly from WWII. It was when he was researching for some paintings of No. 489 Squadron Beaufighters he realised that there was so little published history available on that New Zealand squadron that served in RAF Coastal Command.

Don Wilkie – Copyright www.artistdonwilkie.co.nz

So, he set about researching and writing his own book, which is close to being published. Along the way his research has expanded his knowledge of what the men of No. 489 (NZ) Squadron accomplished during WWII.

Recorded September – November 2021

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489 Squadron (NZ) Beaufighter escorted by the Polish 315 Sqn MkIII Mustang – Norway 1944

Don Wilkie

• Web https://www.artistdonwilkie.co.nz/

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489 Squadron RNZAF Dallachy late December 1944 (c) Don Wilkie

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Dec 19 2021

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Ep.127 – Coastal Command Chapter 4: Strike Wings

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Welcome to our Coastal Command series. This is Chapter 4 – Strike Wings. In this chapter we discuss the thinking behind the strike wings of RAF Coastal Command and focus on the North Coates and Banff squadrons, how they were structured and their successes and failures.

Beaufighter from 404 Squadron June 1944, Original B&W (c) DND Archives Colourised by Canadian Colour

North Coates with David Boyd:

David is a specialist corporate investor relations adviser developing and leading the Investor Relations function at a wide range of listed companies in the UK and internationally. He previously worked in a variety of management and advisory roles in the UK, USA, and Belgium. David is an Economics graduate and has an MBA from Manchester Business School.

In 2018 David’s research paper “Bridging the Gap – Exploring he role of the Staff during the 1916 campaign in Tanganyika” was included in “There Came a Time … Essays on the Great War in Africa”, published by TSL Publications.

Beaufighter TF Mark X, NT950 ‘MB-T’, of No. 236 Squadron RAF based at North Coates (c) IWM 1380

Banff with Andrew Bird:

Andrew Bird studied at Reading College of Art & Design and served in Royal Air Force Reserves based at Brize Norton, Oxfordshire working extensively with The Artists Rifles (Reserves). Andy is an author and military historian, publishing books in particular on the maritime air war in Europe. He started researching and corresponding with former Coastal Command Anti-Shipping Strike aircrews and ground staff 32 years ago and has a wealth of material and scanned images.

He is the author of ‘A Separate Little War’, ‘Coastal Dawn’ and ‘Heroes of Coastal Command: The RAF’s Maritime War 1939’. He has written for several newspapers and magazines and has also written, presented, or acted as a historical consultant in documentaries, for BBC Radio and Television, C4, and NRK in Norway.

Mosquito Strike Image (c) Andrew Bird

Recorded October 2021

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David Boyd

• There Came a Time: Essays on the Great War in Africa https://www.amazon.co.uk/There-Came-Time-Essays-Africa/dp/1912416360
• North Coates Flying Club History https://northcoatesflyingclub.com/history/

Andrew Bird

• Web http://andrewdbird.com/
• Twitter https://twitter.com/andydbird
• ‘A Separate Little War’ and ‘Coastal Dawn’ https://grubstreet.co.uk/gs-author/andrew-bird/
• ‘Heroes of Coastal Command’ https://www.pen-and-sword.co.uk/Andrew-D-Bird
• Coastal Dawn – Blenheim’s in Action from the Phoney War Through the Battle of Britain https://www.amazon.co.uk/Coastal-Dawn-Blenheims-Through-Britain/dp/1906502692
• Coastal Dawn Review http://aircrewbookreview.blogspot.com/2013/01/coastal-dawn-andrew-d-bird.html

Other Useful Links

• Strike Wings: Special Anti-Shipping Squadrons 1942-45 by Roy Nesbitt https://www.amazon.co.uk/Strike-Wings-Special-Anti-Shipping-Squadrons/dp/1781590281
• RAF COASTAL COMMAND ATTACK ON DEN HELDER IWM Video https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/1060032002
• Coastal Command Attacks (1945) Norwegian fiords https://youtu.be/Dj_Q280Gpz4

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Dec 12 2021

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Ep.126 – The Luftwaffe’s Special Weapons

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We are joined by Robert Forsyth to talk about his book ‘Luftwaffe Special Weapons 1942-1945’, published by Osprey.

Robert is an author, editor and publisher, specialising in military aviation.

He set up his own publishing company in 1994 to publish his first book and since then has gone on to write more than twenty books, many of them on the Luftwaffe.

X4 being deployed from an Me 262 – Artwork from Luftwaffe Special Weapons 1942–45 by Robert Forsyth © June 2021 Osprey Publishing

He has written for several aviation magazines and is on the editorial board of the Aviation Historian.

Recorded 15th November 2021

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FW-190A fitted with SG 116 Upward firing cannon – Artwork from Luftwaffe Special Weapons 1942–45 by Robert Forsyth © June 2021 Osprey Publishing

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Dec 05 2021

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Ep.125 – Major Renaud ‘Grat’ Thys; RCAF, CF-18 Hornet and NATO Air Policing

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In this brand new episode we talk exclusively to Major Renaud ‘Grat’ Thys, a CF-18 Hornet pilot with the Royal Canadian Air Force.

‘Grat’ is a former F-16 pilot with the Belgian Air Component and talked to Gareth about transferring from Belgium to Canada and from Fighting Falcon to Hornet, life in the RCAF and current operations conducting NATO Air Policing in Romania, including intercepting Russian hardware and training with the MiG-21.

RCAF CF-18 Hornets over Romania – (C) Chris Wood – Global Aviation Resource

Recorded November 2021

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Air Task Force – Romania. Enhanced Air Policing with the Royal Canadian Air Force – https://www.globalaviationresource.com/v2/2021/11/07/air-task-force-romania-enhanced-air-policing-with-the-royal-canadian-air-force/

CF-18 at Prestwick en route to Romania – Image (C) Tom Gibbons – Global Aviation Resource

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Nov 28 2021

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Ep.124 – Coastal Command Chapter 3: Battle for the Atlantic

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Welcome to our Coastal Command series. This is Chapter 3 – Battle of the Atlantic. In this chapter we discuss the role of RAF Coastal Command in the Battle of the Atlantic, with Mark Lardas.

Bristol Blenheim MkIVF – copyright The Blenheim Society

Mark holds a degree in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering and spent his early career at the Johnson Space Centre doing Space Shuttle structural analysis, and space navigation.

An amateur historian and a long-time ship modeller, Mark is currently a freelance writer in Texas and has written multiple books of which two are on the ‘air’ Battle of the Atlantic.

Recorded October 2021

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ROYAL AIR FORCE COASTAL COMMAND BOEING FLYING FORTRESS, MAY 1943 (TR 1084) A Boeing Flying Fortress Mk IIA, FK186 ‘S’, of No 220 Squadron RAF, based at Benbecula, flying past a Hebridean island. Copyright: © IWM. Original Source: http://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205018261

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Nov 21 2021

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Ep.123 – Coastal Command Chapter 2: The Aircraft

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In this chapter we talk to Ian Thirsk about the various aircraft types and their roles across the campaign. We have an interesting view of the Avro Anson thanks to an interview with Bill Reid who has the only airworthy Anson Mk1 and we also catch up with Andrew Bird to discuss the Blenheim’s Coastal Command service in detail.

Avro Anson Mk I Mh-120 – Gentle Annie (Copyright Bill Reid & Warbirds Ltd)

Ian was Head of Collections at The Royal Air Force Museum, with responsibility for the large 3D object collections (aeroplanes)! Whilst with the RAF Museum, Ian was responsible for projects such as the Dornier 17 recovery from the Goodwin Sands in 2012.

He is a self-declared de Havilland Mosquito addict and has been volunteering for the De Havilland Museum for over forty years. He is involved in their restoration projects and has worked on Mosquito-B35-TA634 and is currently working on the FP6 Restoration.

Bill Reid is the son of John Reid, a WWII RNZAF fighter pilot who became a helicopter pioneer. Bill took over his father’s company Helicopters New Zealand Ltd and is now one of NZ’s most experienced and respected helicopter pilots.

AIRCRAFT OF THE ROYAL AIR FORCE 1939-1945: SHORT S.25 SUNDERLAND. (CH 805) Sunderland Mark I, L2163 ?DA-G?, of No. 210 Squadron RAF based at Oban, in flight over the Atlantic while escorting Canadian Troop Convoy 6 (TC.6), inbound for Greenock. Copyright: © IWM. Original Source: http://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205126773

He and his late wife Robyn restored the Anson themselves and it is regarded as one of the very best restorations of any WWII aircraft in the world for authenticity. Bill loves WWII aviation history, and he was a key member of the team that restored the late John Smith’s Mosquito to running condition.

Andrew Bird studied at Reading College of Art & Design and served in Royal Air Force Reserves based at Brize Norton, Oxfordshire working extensively with The Artists Rifles (Reserves).

He is the author of ‘A Separate Little War’, ‘Coastal Dawn’ and ‘Heroes of Coastal Command: The RAF’s Maritime War 1939’. He has written for several newspapers and magazines and has also written, presented, or acted as a historical consultant in documentaries, for BBC Radio and Television, C4, and NRK in Norway.

Recorded September and October 2021

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ROYAL AIR FORCE: WEST AFRICA COMMAND, 1941-1945. (CM 4868) A Short Sunderland Mark III of No. 95 Squadron RAF, based at Jui, Sierra Leone, flying along the coast of West Africa on a patrol, photographed from another aircraft of the Squadron. Copyright: © IWM. Original Source: http://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205212033

Bill Reid and Avro Anson Mk I Mh-120 – Gentle Annie

Andrew Bird

Other Useful Links

Aircraft and Markings – General https://www.rafweb.org/Menu.htm#Equipment

AIRCRAFT OF THE ROYAL AIR FORCE 1939-1945: BRISTOL TYPE 152 BEAUFORT. (CH 2775) Beaufort Mark I, N1172 ?AW-S?, of No. 42 Squadron RAF, based at Leuchars, Fife, in flight with L9834, another aircraft of the Squadron. Copyright: © IWM. Original Source: http://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205126894

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Nov 14 2021

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Ep.122 – Coastal Command Chapter 1: ‘Constant Endeavour (The Overview)’

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Welcome to our brand new Coastal Command series.

This is Chapter 1 – ‘Constant Endeavour (The Overview)’.

In this chapter we take a strategic view of Coastal Command; how it entered the war, delivered with inadequate equipment, honed its success strategies, and helped to turn the course of the air war.

Daily inspection for a Liberator III of No 224 Squadron at Beaulieu in Hampshire, December 1942. Copyright: © IWM

As you will hear from this discussion with Ben Kite, there is a much wider context for the successful outcome of the Battle for the Atlantic and the anti-shipping strike campaign.

Two Armstrong Whitworth Whitley Mark Vs (Z6968, ‘WL-J’ furthest), of No. 612 Squadron RAF, lined up beside the runway at Reykjavik, Iceland. The Air Ministry censor has obliterated the ASV radar aerials atop the fuselage of Z6968. Copyright: © IWM

Recorded October 2021

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• Costal Command Memorial Westminster Abbey: https://www.westminster-abbey.org/abbey-commemorations/commemorations/raf-coastal-command
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My favorite aviation podcast.

By 104246 - Sep 14 2018
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Even when I’m not in the mood for an aviation-themed podcast, I will still pull up this one as I enjoy listening to them banter. And I’ve learned so much about British and European aviation, something I have little exposure to here in the States. My favorite episodes so far have been have been the ones about spaceflight, but they’re all good.

Extremely informative podcast on Aviation

By FootieAA - Mar 09 2013
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Great perspective from UK and substantial.