Smith, Frederick E.
Title 633 SQUADRON: OPERATION CRUCIBLE.
Publisher Cassell, London, 1977, first edition.
Seller ID 23835
206 pp, 8vo (8" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 030429828X "It is Autumn 1943 and there is acrimony between the Air Staffs of Britain and America. With the 8th Air Force suffering crippling losses, accusations are coming from Washington that the RAF is not giving the B.17s adequate support. Although the RAF denies the allegation, Ernest Lambert, celebrated novelist turned war correspondent, is fanning the flames of discontent in influential American newspapers. Acutely aware that unle ss the campaign is discredited Congress might reduce its allocation of B.17s to the European theatre, Air Commodore Davies of the RAF and General Staines of the American 8th Air Force set up an ambitious but risky operation to restore public c o n f i d e nce. Because the Rhine Maiden affair has given 633 Squadron a distinguished reputation in the States, it is the RAF unit chosen for the mission. The mission is only partly successful, however. A number of Americans are accidentally ki ll ed a nd L am bert is not slow to capitalise on the tragedy. As a consequence Davies and Staines are forced to involve 633 Squadron even further; this time in an important Dieppe-type raid the Americans are about to launch. Because if it is to ha ve its de sir ed effect, their protective role must be seen by ground observers, the Mosquitoes are given the most dangerous role of all - ground support. This operation, vividly described, is the tremendous climax to the story. Depicting war time sq uadr on l ife wit h the authenticity for which the author is famous, (this book), as richly characterised as the two before it, also portrays the crippling effects of war on young and sensitive minds. The whole makes a superb war nove l." Faint era sed p encil mar ks o n free front end paper, faint cigarette odor, minor wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, slight fading at top/bottom edges. Dust jacket has minor edge wear/wrinkling, light rubbing, two tears archivally taped - one has old t ape r esidue , mino r soi ling. Very Good/Very Good-