The British Fleet Air Arm in World War II

This is a concise history of the Royal Navy’s air arm during World War II (1939-1945), from the Arctic convoys, to the battle for Malta, to the last raids on Japan. The contribution of British Naval aviation to the ultimate Allied victory cannot be underestimated. Amazingly the Admiralty only had 406 operational pilots and 8 carriers when war broke out, but a mere 6 years later there were over 3,000 operational pilots and 53 aircraft carriers patrolling the seas in every theater of the war. The author charts the rapid evolution of the Fleet Air Arm during the war years as air power took over the cutting edge of naval warfare from surface battleships. The carriers were in action from the first with actions by HMS Ark Royal and Courageous in September 1939 to the major actions of the carrier force off Japan in the closing days of the war. This book offers a complete overview from recruitment and training to the thrilling accounts of operational successes and failures. Discover some of the most dramatic actions of the war as Royal Navy aces battled against Axis forces scoring both the first and last kills of the war.

Reviews

“Of particular interest to figure modelers are the number of illustrations that show the various types of uniforms worn during this period of time. It is a book that should find interest with all readers. A book you’ll enjoy reading and one that I can recommend to you along with any other Osprey title.”- Scott Van Aken, modelingmadness.com (June 2008)

“From the Arctic convoys, to the battle of Malta, and the last raids on Japan, this concise history of the Royal Navy’s air arm details some of the most dramatic actions of World War II as Royal Navy aces battled against the Axis forces - scoring both the first and last kills of the war!” -Game Trade Magazine (April 2008)