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Updated: 10 Nov 09

A selection of books of general historical interest, and those relating to the RAF in Lincolnshire and commemorating specific units and events. Books of specific relevance to a squadron or station are listed separately. Please use the navigation to the left to find the appropriate page.

Autobiographies of Lincolnshire-based airmen

The Airborne Years - Mid-upper gunner in 463 Sqn RAAF and 61 Sqn RAF (J A Campbell)

This fascinating narrative covers J A Campbell's training in Canada and the UK and focuses on his tour of operations on the Lancaster. His memoirs span 14 OTU at RAF Cottesmore, RAF Saltby, 1654 HCU at RAF Wigsley, training at RAF Fulbeck and then operations on 61 Sqn RAF from RAF Syerston and 463 Sqn RAAF from RAF Waddington before posting back to the training sytem after completing his operational tour.

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Developing Tactics and Technologies

Night Fighters - a development and combat history (Bill Gunston)

The development of the dedicated night fighter from the early days right through to the F-22 RAPTOR.

Aircraft Reference Books

Jane's Fighting Aircraft of World War II

Many black and white drawings and photographs along with data sheets of all combat aircraft of the 68 nations of World War II.
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Aircraft of World War II (Bill Gunston)

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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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The Hurricane II Manual (Official Air Publication)

Hurricane Mark 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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Hawker Hurricane Inside Out (Melvyn Hiscock)

Melvyn Hiscock shows in detail how the Hurricane is put together, revealing details rarely seen and providing a useful resource for the modeller and the aviation enthusiast.
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De Havilland Mosquito (Edward Shacklady)

176 page publication with 16 colour photographs and 160 illustrations. Covers the many roles of the aircraft including day and nioght fighter, path finder and photo-recce aircraft.
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The Spitfire V Manual (Official Air Publication)

Spitfire Mark V 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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Spitfire Ace - Flying the Battle of Britain (Martin Davidson)

Accompanied a Channel 4 series of the same name, draws on first-hand accounts from 25 Spitfire pilots. An insight into life in the Spitfire cockpit of 1940.
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The Bristol Blenheim Bomber (Graham Warner)

600+ pages and hundreds of photographs detailing every aspect of this fighter's operation and history.
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The Fairey Swordfish and Albacore (Official Air Publication)

Obsolete in 1936 it outlived its successor and was a key platform during WWII.
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Biographies

Enemy Coast Ahead UNCENSORED (Guy Gibson)

Guy Gibson's autobiography. In an update to the 1944 edition this recent version contains much that the wartime censors removed as too sensitive. Often quoted as THE classic book on Bomber Command.
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Gunning for the Enemy (Wallace McIntosh of 207 Sqn, DFC and Bar, DFM)

An air gunner who flew over 50 sorties with 207 Sqn, Wallace was believed to be Bomber Command's leading sharpshooter. He is among the most decorated of the Command's airmen.
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Squadron Histories

303 Sqn: For Your Freedom and Ours. (Lynne Olson & Stanley Cloud)

303 Polish Sqn, the Kosciuszko Squadron, the forgotten heroes of World War II. This 500+ page book is derived from the squadron diary and interviews and tells the story of five leading aces on the Squadron.
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106 Sqn: In the Middle of Nowhere: The History of RAF Metheringham (Richard Bailey, 1999)

A detailed account of the history of RAF Metheringham and 106 Sqn during World War II.
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617 Sqn: The Dam Busters (Jonathan Falconer)

The story of the May 1943 raid on the Mohne and Eder Dams by the men of 617 Sqn.
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Station Histories

Action Stations Revisited - the complete history of Britain's military airfields, No 1 Eastern England (Michael J F Bowyer)

An in-depth analysis drawing on 60 years of personal research providing a complete survey and history of Eastern England's airfields. Lincolnshire locations covered are: Coleby Grange, Coningsby, Cranwell, Digby, East Kirkby, Fiskerton, Folkingham, Fulbeck, Grantham, Harlaxton, Metheringham, North Witham, Spilsby, Spitalgate, Sutton Bridge, Waddington, Wellingore and Woodhall Spa.
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The Airfields of Lincolnshire since 1912 (Blake, R. et al)

An historical overview from 1912 to the early 1980s. 296 pages.
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Bomber County: A History of the Royal Air Force in Lincolnshire (T N Hancock)

From Royal Naval Air Service and Royal Flying Corps when rudimentary airfields constructed during the First World War, through the RAF's night bombing offensive of the Second World War via the nuclear V-Force of the Cold War era to the present. Includes a comprehensive Station-by-Station appendix featuring all the units based at over 150 airfields during nearly 90 years of aviation history. 160 pages.
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Lincolnshire Airfields in the Second World War (Patrick Otter)

1939-1945 in Bomber County. 288 pages.
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Bases of Bomber Command Then and Now (Roger A Freeman)

This book follows Roger Freeman's style adopted for the history of the 8th & 9th US Air Forces in the UK with each airfield explored and photographed in the 'Then and Now' style. Each station's development, construction and operational history is detailed with war and contemporary aerial photographs. , 360pp, over 830 photos and illustrations.
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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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The Bomber Command War Diaries: An Operational Reference Book, 1939-45 (Martin Middlebrook, Chris Everitt)

A reference guide to Bomber Command's operations during WWII. 808 pages.
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The Royal Air Force At War (Imperial War Museum Collection)

The RAF Production Unit accompanied the flying formations to bring back combat footage of the war from every theatre of operation including Europe, Burma and the Middle East. Twin DVD set including a bonus film entitled "Ditching without Hedging". Total playing time in excess of six hours.
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Big Skies over Lincolnshire Bygone Memories from Bomber County (Peter and Pat Washbourn)

Big Skies Over Lincolnshire is a tribute to the men and women based in Linconshire RAF bases. It is illustrated by photographs taken from the Lincolnshire Echo archives from the early 1930s upto the mid-1970s. 192 pages.
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Lincolnshire Air War 1939-1945 (Sid Finn)

115 pages, published in 1973 but still available.
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Lincolnshire Airfields in the Second World War (Patrick Otter)

288 pages, published in 1997 but still available online and in local shops.
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British Airfield Buildings of the Second World War (Graham Buchan Innes)

This pocket paperback guide is designed as a pocket pictorial aid to building recognition with over 200 pictures showing all the architectural detail of the many building and hangar construction types. This volume, the first in the series, covers the war years 1939-1945. 128 pages.
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British Airfield Buildings: The Expansion and Inter War Periods (Graham Buchan Innes)

A companion and second book in the series of British Airfield Buildings pocket guides. This volume, the second in the series, covers the years before the Second World War. 128 pages.
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Aircraft made in Lincoln (Society for Lincolnshire History and Archaeology)

This is not just a book about the many historical aircraft building connections with the County but also covers the companies, the airfields, and the people who were involved in this work. It is lavishly illustrated with contemporary photographs from company archives and personal collections. 75 pp and 125 illustrations.
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Maps, Charts and Photographs

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