Williams, Geoffrey. Foreword by Sir Michael Beetham.
Title FLYING THROUGH FIRE: FIDO - THE FOGBUSTERS OF WORLD WAR TWO.
Book Condition Very Good
Jacket Condition Very Good
Publisher London Grange 1996
1856279006 / 9781856279000
Seller ID 29191
228 pp, 9 3/4" H. B&w photographs, drawings/plans. "In the early years of (World War II), RAF bomber crews, who frequently endured the opposition of German nightfighters and flak, returned home only to discover their airfields completely fog-bound. Desperately short of fuel and often disabled by severe battle damage, the many crashlandings that resulted took a savage toll in valuable aircraft and crews. Prompted by Winston Churchill, the challenge to overcome this deadly hazard was taken up by the government's Petroleum Warfare Department and the result was the development of FIDO - Fog Investigation and Dispersal Operation. Lines of burners fuelled by thousands of gallons of petrol were installed beside the runways to literally burn the fog off the airfields, thereby allowing aircraft to take-off and land in relative safety. (This book) portrays the early hair-raising attempts to produce fog-free airfields. The eventual result was a countrywide FIDO system at fifteen British airfields, covering most RAF and USAAF frontline Commands. By the time of the Ardennes Offensive in the winter of 1944, FIDO enabled over one thousand Allied aircraft and crews to make safe landings despite dense fog over Britain and the Continent. Book is lightly cracked between pages 116/7 - pages holding firmly, minor wear at bottom corners. Dust jacket has very light edge wrinkling, light rubbing, a few faint line indentations on rear panel, two tiny dents on rear hinge.