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Updated: 11 Sep 05

A selection of books relating to RAF Scampton station history, squadrons 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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Station History

Airfield Focus: Scampton (Stewart Scott)

36 Pages, earlier edition of the pamphlet described below. Still available.
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Airfield Focus: Scampton Revisited (Stewart Scott)

Scampton Airfield Focus pamphlet includes 49 photos and 5 maps. The series includes at least one cartographically drawn map and a 'Datafile' that describes all known units, including their codes, that used a particular airfield. 44 pp.
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A history of Royal Air Force Scampton 1917 - 1968 (Flt Lt C G Jefford)

A booklet intended not as a definitive history but an attempt to chronicle the major dates and events in the first 50 yrs up to its role as a medium bomber base.

Published in 1968 by DELTA magazine at RAF Scampton, available in the College Hall Library at RAFC Cranwell (P.358.4 JEF(F))

Squadron History

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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The Red Arrows (Chris Bennett)

160 pages, hardback with 150 colour photographs of the Red Arrows in their glory. The book also contains pilot interviews and explains their complex manoeuvres
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General Historical Reference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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RAF Scampton books

RAF Scampton photos

RAF Scampton memorials

RAF Scampton Heritage Centre

The Red Arrows

RAF Scampton page on Royal Air Force website

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Books about Scampton's Squadrons:

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