The Independent Books bundle is a limited time offer of four great titles available for half price. Included in this offer is 'Shark Squadron Pilot', 'Target Dresden', 'Test Pilots' and 'Blue Skies and Dark Nights'.
Shark Squadron Pilot
A graphic illustration of the realities of the air war in the Western Desert, Shark Squadron Pilot describes Bert Horden’s service with 112 ‘Shark’ Squadron and the ground attack role of the ‘Kittys’. With their garish shark’s mouths painted on their aircraft 112 Squadron wreaked havoc on the German Afrika Korps inflicting terrible damage with machine gun fire and under-slung bombs.
Using his diary and flying log book to preserve the accuracy and immediacy of the events Bert Horden presents a superbly graphic account of desert flying.
On the night of 13-14 February, 796 Lancasters and 9 Mosquitoes of RAF Bomber Command, dropped 1,478 tons of high explosive and 1,182 tons of incendiaries on the city. A firestorm developed, which led to large areas of the city being burned out. At the time of the attack, Dresden was crowded with refugees fleeing the advancing Soviet Army resulting in between 40,000 and 50,000 casualties.
Was Dresden a legitimate target or was it merely a matter that the British and Americans wanted to demonstrate to the advancing Russians the power of their combined air forces? Target Dresden chronicles the development of bombing from the earliest days through the Zeppelin and Gotha raids of the First World War to the development of strategic bombing of WWII and examines how it affected post war thinking. Packed with facts Target Dresden gives the story behind the raids which were the most controversial conventional bombing attacks of World War Two.
The experiences of predominantly German test pilots from the earliest years of aviation to the modern age. Including writings by Kurt Zwickau, Hanna Reitsch and Jean Marie Saget.
Blue Skies and Dark Nights
The fascinating autobiography of Group Captain Bill Randle combines his unusual life in the RAF and the ‘Cold War’ period that followed, with an insight into world affairs. During World War II, Bill was shot down over Europe and completed a remarkable evasion and successful ‘home run’. Subsequent involvement with MI9 led to his part, together with the Americans, in the formation of post-war Escape and Evasion policy. Blue Skies and Dark Nights clearly illustrates the frustrations implicit in service life, as well as the great humour and tragedy which go with the acceptance of the responsibilities of rank.