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Updated: 6 Jul 06

A selection of books relating to IX(B) Squadron history, bases and operations.

Aircraft Reference Books

The Lancaster Manual (Official Air Publication)

Avro Lancaster Marks I and II in all essential detail over 500+ pages, covering ground crew instructions, handling and flying, electrical and radio equipment, airframe design and armament.
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Biographies

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Squadron History

Bombers, First and Last (Gordon Thorburn)

This is the story of the Second World War seen through the eyes of the men who flew with No. 9 Squadron. It’s the story of the men and women who supported them, of the very few who lived to tell that story, and of the more than a thousand of whom did not. These heroes were the Bombers, First and Last. No. 9 Squadron’s Wellington aircraft and crews were the first to hit the enemy, the first to get into a dogfight, the first to shoot down an enemy aircraft, the first to be shot down by one and, towards the end of the war, the first to hit the battleship Tirpitz with the Tallboy 12,000 pound bomb - an achievement by the crew of a Lancaster on her 102nd Op with the squadron.

No. 9 took part in all the major raids and big battles, pioneered and proved new tactics and equipment, produced several of the leading figures in the Great Escape, became one of the two specialised squadrons attacking precision targets with the Tallboy, led the raid on Berchtesgaden in 25 April 1945, and was the only squadron to do all of these things.

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Station History

RAF Scampton books

RAF Binbrook books

RAF Waddington books

General Historical Reference

The Bomber Command Handbook (Jonathan Falconer)

Who decided the policy? Why, when and where were the airfields built? How was the overall command structure organized, from the Air Council down to individual squadron level? How did the RAF train its bomber crews? What aircraft did they fly and what weapons did they use? Who were their commanders and who were the men that made up the rank-and-rifle of the Command? How was a raid planned and once it was launched what happened? 300 pages.
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9 Sqn memorial at RAF Bardney

Photos of 9 Sqn memorial at RAF Bardney

IX(B) Sqn Association

9 Sqn Assoc website

9 Sqn history on RAF Website

A navigator's story on 97 Sqn website (also on 9 Sqn)

Lincolnshire Tourism and County Council

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Blackwells

Motor Books (Aviation)

RAF Mountain Rescue
RAF Search and Rescue