Airman at the Helm A Wartime look at a Special Branch of Air-Sea Rescue. Eric Blackman's story of Training and Action that spilled over into Deep Sea Yachting.

By: Blackman, Eric

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Blue boards with bright gilt titling to the spine. The book has a very slight 'lean' due to storage, and the very top and bottom edges have a thin line of fading but overall are VG. In the Original publisher's pictorial dustjacket. The dustjacket is NOT price clipped. The page fore-edges are VERY slightly foxed. NO Inscriptions or Marks. 116 pp. Illustrated in b/w. Overall, apart from the minor faults mentioned above, this is an Excellent Very Clean, Tight and Bright Near 'Fine' copy in its Original dustjacket. " "Bombing up" a Catalina flying boat. I was "promoted" to deck hand on bomb scow 34. During bad weather aircraft were towed into the shelter of the harbour mouth and moored to replenish depth charges. On one such occasion scow 34 was completing delivery of four charges under the instruction of two bomb armourers. As the charge was winched and secured to its rack under the aircraft's wing, the fusing device was connected. This looked like a large wire paper clip. When the charge was released, a plunger in the shape of a car piston and piston rod was left hanging under the wing on the end of the paper clip, the charge falling seaward fully armed. Moments before the last charge was secured in the rack it slipped off the winch wire onto the chest of an attendant armourer. The crew watched charge and armourer disappear over the side with a splash and became aware of the piston rattling loose overhead. They cringed for a few seconds awaiting the expected explosion beneath their feet. ......" ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall

Title: Airman at the Helm A Wartime look at a Special Branch of Air-Sea Rescue. Eric Blackman's story of Training and Action that spilled over into Deep Sea Yachting.

Author Name: Blackman, Eric

Categories: Naval/Maritime, Biography. Essays. Letters. Diaries, History & Politics. Churchill, Military/War Related, Aviation. RAF, etc, Ireland. Scotland. Celtic, Transport. Railways. Motoring,

Edition: First Edition

Publisher: Hampshire, UK, Kenneth Mason: 1979

ISBN Number: 0859371670

ISBN Number 13: 9780859371674

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Very Good in Very Good+ dust jacket

Seller ID: 110088

Keywords: 2nd World War; Airmen; Air-sea Rescue; In The 2nd World War; WW II ; Royal Air Force. Bomb Scow 34; 1941-1945; Aircraft Of The Second World War; Bomber Contribution To War; Tactical, Strategic And Technical ;developments Of The Raf's Bombing Role 1939 To 1945; Bomber Command; Blitzkreig Reconnaissance;us Air Force; US Navy. Cocos; US. Flying Fortress; Catalina Flying Boat. Deep Sea Yachting;