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To War in a Stringbag free read Å PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook read To War in a Stringbag Specially with Lamb at the controls Go with him into the thick of the action—landing on the Courageous just before she sinks; flying 29 sorties over northern Europe; attacking E. A great read and the author is a good story teller He was an eyewitness to many important actions including the Bombing of the Italian fleet in Taranto harbor I also learned much about the campaigns in Greece and North Africa in 1939 1940 He ends up a prisoner of the Vichy French for about a year in the most appalling conditions

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To War in a Stringbag free read Å PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook read To War in a Stringbag Boats through the nine days of Dunkirk Also experience the terror of being shot downand living to soar again defending Malta and the Mediterranean A rare story of courage 5 X 7 34. An excellent pilots view of many events from World War 2

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To War in a Stringbag free read Å PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook read To War in a Stringbag Commander Charles Lamb fought an exceptional war piloting the slow and obsolete Fairey Swordfish Antiuated as it was the Stringbag still outmaneuvered almost any other aircraft—e. To War in a Stringbag is the extraordinary true story of Commander Charles Lamb a pilot in the British Navy s Fleet Air Arm who flew the Fairey Swordfish a sturdy robust multi seat naval aircraft that served a variety of roles in World War II among them reconnaissance at sea and on land day or night convoy escort duties anti submarine searches and attacks torpedo and dive bombing attacks on ships mine laying and the carrying of heavy loads including flares Its probably most famous weapon was its torpedo which weighed 1610 pounds and was capable of sinking a 10000 ton ship in minutes To deliver this weapon often against intense fire and in daylight though nighttime raids were common the pilot was taught to attack from a steep dive at a speed of 180 knots or and then straightenout and fly at a mere 90 knots producing a very vulnerable targetA tremendously maneuverable aircraft that was difficult to stall the Swordfish was the only British aircraft that was flying at the outbreak of the war and still flying against the enemy in 1945 It had a stalling speed of 55 knots and could out maneuver but not outrun virtually every airplane in the sky and for good reason it was a biplane In many ways the Stringbag as it was also called was an obsolescent aircraft It was very slow and poorly armed euipped only with World War I era forward firing Vickers gun and a rear cockpit mounted Lewis gun fired by the air gunner or the observer It had to rely on deft maneuvers nighttime operation and secrecy to survive against much modern aircraft It had an open cockpit brutal when operating for instance in the North Sea didn t have radar and lacked a sensitive altimeter at least in the beginning of the war a crucial bit of euipment as the rather temperamental torpedoes had to be dropped from a height of 60 feet no and no less Aircraft to ship communications were difficult when they weren t blacked out due to the security concerns so the possibility of not finding the carrier upon completion of a mission was a real possibility and one that occurred several timesDespites its shortcomings the Swordfish played an impressive role in World War II Lamb provided a riveting thought at times strangely humble and sometimes even understated account of his actions in the war as a Swordfish pilot He was there from the very beginning of the war his 815 Suadron s history a constant repetition of involvement in campaigns which ended in German victory despite heroic efforts to the contrary he saw some dark days indeed when days into the war his carrier the HMS Courageous was sunk by a U boat laid mines off the German coast attempted to stem the advance of Germany into the Netherlands flew over Dunkirk to provide cover for the retreat and operated against the Axis first in Greece and later from a secret base in Albania in both cases forced to retreat as the enemy overran his position He was involved in some very notable success in particular the epic raid on the Italian fleet in Taranto Harbor and in virtually ending the shipment of goods to Rommel in North AfricaAbout the first two thirdsthree fourths of the book recounts his days flying against the enemy with a small section at the beginning of the book describing his entry into the world of naval aviation and the interwar years in British military aviation The last section of the book describes Lamb s unfortunate experiences in a Vichy French interment camp most of his stay was at Laghouat a facility in southern Algeria deep in the Sahara Caught while doing cloak and dagger missions landing operatives in Vichy French territory the book completely changes in style and tone in the part recounting his months in the camp as Lamb details the revolting conditions and the horrid Vichy French and Arab jailers Though I knew obviously or at least probably that Lamb escaped as he survived to write the book his post World War II days are recounted at the very end I did not know for sure how he would get out of the camp and found that section uite engaging the tale filled with stories of torture escape attempts and guards both cruel and sympathetic Suffice it to say he did manage to survive that ordeal and even served in the Pacific against the JapaneseThe only complaint I have to offer about the book is that several times Lamb provided dialogue in French from his captors without a translation I do not speak French and while I could puzzle out some of the passages either through my limited exposure to French as well as other languages or through context I wasn t always able to do so I have seen this before in other works both fiction and non fiction and have never cared for it then either The author didn t do this too freuently so this is not a major complaintAll in all it was a very good book and I one I really enjoyed This edition has black and white illustrations of every aircraft even mentioned in passing in the book which I liked as well as a few maps It provided to me some insight into the Mediterranean theater of operations something I don t know as much about as I would like as well as a view of the Vichy French in North Africa and even the American role prior to Pearl Harbor among other things Lamb recounts the actions of the American diplomat in Vichy French territory officially neutral in trying to help the British internees


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    read To War in a Stringbag free download ´ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook å Charles Lamb Charles Lamb å 0 read Charles Lamb recounts his war experiences flying the Fairey Swordfish The book is a lively read and includes many entertaining anecdotesIn the Battle of Taranto a small fleet of Swordfish attacked the Italian fleet in harbor from HMS Illustrious destroying three battleships and disabling a number of other ships Subseuently he fle

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  • Paperback
  • 376
  • To War in a Stringbag
  • Charles Lamb
  • English
  • 03 May 2020
  • 9780553136548