By Gordon Thorburn
Within the earliest days of global conflict One, while IX Squadron was once shaped, we went to the struggle in little 50mph machines that have been slightly in a position to taking pilot and observer, a gun and some small, handheld bombs into the sky, in particular on a windy day. once we took a instant set, to identify for the artillery and record on troop activities, the additional load pressured the defenseless pilot to depart his observer behind.
A century later, IX (B) Squadron flies jets which can exceed the rate of sound, position laser-guided missiles inside of a couple of centimeters of the objective, and transmit the main complicated facts in actual time around the globe.
In among, the story is of ponderous beasts of biplanes, of Wellingtons and Lancasters within the bloody battles of global struggle , of Canberras and Vulcans within the nuclear age of the chilly War.
Above all, it's the tale of the lads and ladies of the RAF's senior bomber squadron throughout 100 years of battle and peace, and their phrases fill this publication. We move from these beginnings in wooden, twine and upholstery kites over France and a pilot armed with a carrier revolver, to the world's first twister squadron within the Gulf wars, over Kosovo and Afghanistan, and so that you can the current, a century on.
It quite is one hell of a narrative.
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This detachment opened the Battle of Chrysler's Farm on I I November 1813, charging pell-mell at the 89th Foot. But the Redcoats held firm. With the help of the Royal Artillery and Mother Nature, who pelted the oncoming horsemen with sleet and snow, they blasted the Americans back across the muddy field to a stretch of trees. There the dragoons stayed for the rest of the battle, wasting their carbine ammunition on distant targets, despite the pleas of their officers to remount and attack again.
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A Century of Air Warfare With Nine (IX) Squadron, RAF: Still Going Strong by Gordon Thorburn