By Roy Conyers Nesbit
Roy Nesbit's hugely illustrated background of Coastal Command's 217 Squadron - the squadron during which he served - offers a first-hand perception into the dangerous low-level missions the squadron flew opposed to enemy transport and ports in the course of the moment global struggle. He chronicles the squadron's operations from the outbreak of warfare whilst it patrolled in Avro Ansons over the Western techniques to the English Channel. Then got here the main severe interval of its wartime profession while, flying Beauforts, it focused on minelaying and assaults on delivery alongside the west coast of German-occupied France. It additionally fixed bold raids on large U-boat bunkers and different enemy installations. the tale of those risky operations, during which many plane have been misplaced and airmen have been killed, makes up the main memorable part of the narrative. yet Roy Nesbit takes the squadron's tale all the way through to the later years of the warfare whilst, after a quick or even extra risky interval flying from Malta with a purpose to sink enemy delivery within the Mediterranean, it used to be established in Ceylon and was once re-equipped with Beaufighters for the conflict opposed to the japanese. as well as telling the tale of the squadron and the lads who served in it, the narrative describes the stipulations continued by means of the French humans within the ports 217 attacked, and it covers the raids introduced opposed to German coastal bases after the squadron had moved to the a ways East. An Expendable Squadron could be soaking up analyzing for a person who has a distinct curiosity within the historical past of Coastal Command, within the airplane 217 Squadron flew, and within the event of wrestle flying seventy years in the past.
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The photograph is undated but the incident probably occurred when a detachment of Hudson Is operated from St Eval in Cornwall from 6 November 1940 to 28 April 1941, sent from their base of Thornaby in Yorkshire. (Author’s collection) The siren sounded almost every night during the winter months and some families in the area moved away, especially those with children. Aircrews were billeted several miles distant from RAF St Eval, in hotels requisitioned for that purpose. One German bomber was shot down, and the crew members were buried in St Eval Churchyard, with shots fired over their graves.
It seemed that a 54 An Expendable Squadron Two Beaufort Is of 217 Squadron with the squadron letters MW, carrying torpedoes. Both survived their operational careers. Beaufort letter E serial L4487 was ‘struck off charge’ with No 6 Operational Training Unit on 27 July 1944. Beaufort letter E serial N1019 was ‘struck off charge’ with No 5 Operational Training Unit on 15 November 1944. (Author’s collection) German parachute mine had fallen on an air raid shelter and that there had been many killed, perhaps including airwomen.
One of the first visitors to Lorient was Dr Fritz Todt, the engineer who headed the huge Todt Organisation which had built the German autobahns and the Siegfried Line. With the authority of Hitler, Todt and Dönitz devised a colossal plan for building massive shelters for the U-boats, their crews and stores in the French ports. German officers with civilians (possibly from the Todt Organisation) in front of the U-boat bunkers known as Keroman I and Keroman II in Lorient. The two bunkers faced each other across a slipway which had direct access to the sea.