5 Group Bomber Command
An Operational Record
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In 1939 No. 5 Group Bomber Command was flying the Handley Page Hampden, a fast, modern aircraft that carried a large payload. However, during the early daylight raids into enemy occupied Europe it suffered great losses due to its defensive armament having too many blind spots. 5 Group now turned to night bombing and mine-laying operations.

During November 1940, the first Avro Manchesters entered service but they were to prove dangerously unreliable. It was not until the Avro Lancaster began arriving in strength that 5 Group began its proud history of successful and often highly dangerous raids into the Reich, the most famous of which was No 617 Squadron's attack on the Mohne, Eder and Sorpe dams in May 1943.

Between 1939 and 1945 the Group flew 70,351 sorties with the loss of 1,888 aircraft. This book contains a lengthy narrative of the group's operations and contains individual squadron statistics, their commanding officers, stations and aircraft losses. It provides a detailed reference for one of the RAF's most important and successful operational groups.


Many thanks to Pen and Sword books for the review copy, buy it here: www.pen-and-sword.co.uk
5 Group Bomber Command - Pen & Sword books
5 Group Bomber Command - Pen & Sword books

The first half of the book contains a detailed narrative history of No. 5 Groups operations followed by a very detailed reference section covering; airfields, Commanders,
Squadrons, individual aircraft histories and loss/performance statistics within Bomber Command.

The information is presented clearly for every Squadron that served within 5 Group and is the perfect reference aid.
Also includes details of the nine Victoria Cross winners who served with 5 Group.

Very Highly Recommended! 5/5
Book format and details:
5 Group Bomber Command - An Operational Record
Chris Ward
Hardback, 240 x 165mm, 280 pages including black and white photographs
6 Group Bomber Command - Pen & Sword books
Also available by Chris Ward:
3 Group Bomber Command
5 Group Bomber Command
6 Group Bomber Command
Aviation Book Reviews at www.controltowers.co.uk © robert truman March 2010 - 5 Group Bomber Command -