Title WELLINGTON THE GEODETIC GIANT.
Publisher Airlife, Shrewsbury, 1998, reprint.
Seller ID 22914
168 pp, large 8vo (9 3/8" H), soft cover. ISBN 1840370068 B&w photographs. "Overshadowed in history by the Lancaster and Flying Fortress, the twin-engined Vickers Wellington was in fact one of the true war-winning aeroplanes. Its geodetic constr uction, designed by Barnes Wallis, conferred immense strength coupled with light weight, and it could haul a 4,000lb 'cookie' to targets in the heart of Nazi territory. The aircraft was well liked by its crews, whose individual stories form t h e c o r e of this book. It did not have a high ceiling or an exceptional range, but it could be dived at speeds well beyond its design specification without losing a wing, as more than one crew found in the endeavour to evade a prowling night fi gh te r ! T he 'Wimpy', as it was affectionately known, served as a tactical and strategic bomber by day and night; as a maritime reconnaissance machine; as an anti-submarine aircraft; as a minelayer, as a torpedo-bomber, and as an aerial truc k , d rop pin g su ppl ies to partisan groups in occupied Europe. Drawing extensively on first-hand accounts from men who flew, or flew in, 'Wimpys', Martin Bowman here gives an unparalleled view of what the aeroplane was like - whether dropping a t orpe do a t fi ft y f eet or e vading the searchlights and the flak over the Ruhr; whether minelaying by moonlight down the Danube or chasing a U-boat with searchlight and depth charges. Also included are exciting tales of escape and evasion, whe n a ircra ft we re sh ot down and some of their crew survived to tell their stories afterwards. Above all, this is the story of the Vickers Wellington as seen by the men who flew it operationally over the deserts, oceans and mountains in virtual ly e vey th eatre of war , o ften with failed engines or unserviceable electrics and navigation equipment. Without its rugged and inspired construction, many of those men would not have lived to tell their tales." Interior - small Christmas gift inscr iption on hal f-title pag e, ot herwi se clea n and tight with no other ownership marks. Exterior - minor edge wear, very light rubbing. Very Good