The Anzac Squadron: A History of the No. 461 Squadron Royal Australian Air Force 1942-1945

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Media: BOOK - paperback, 286 pages
Author: N. Ashworth
Year: 1994
ISBN: 0859051986
Other: b&w photos, sketches, m aps, appendixes, index
Publisher: Hesperian Press

This is the story of No. 461 Squadron, Royal Australian Air Force, which was formed in Britain on Anzac Day 1942 and which spent the next three years opposing Admiral Doenitz's U-Boats in the battle of the Atlantic.

During this time, while the Squadron's young British and Australian aircrews flew their Sunderland flying-boats in search of the ever elusive U-Boat, the Luftwaffe's Ju-88 fighters hunted the hunters. From this combination both excitement and tragedy ensued. however, this is a story not only of the moments of excitement that punctuated the otherwise long, monotonous patrols, but also of life back as base where aircrew and ground staff alike had to face the rigours of wartime Britain far from their homes and loved ones. It is a story told largely by those who took part, in their own words and in their own way.

Chapter 1. Background to the Battle
Chapter 2. Formation of the Anzac Squadron: The Burrage Interlude
Chapter 3. Early Operations at Mount Batten: The Halliday Era
Chapter 4. Hamworthy: The Lovelock Era
Chapter 5. Sunderland Flying Operations
Chapter 6. Pembroke Dock (May to July 1943): Part One of the Douglas Era
Chapter 7. Pembroke Dock (August to December 1943): The Douglas Era Continued
Chapter 8. Kaleidoscope of Life at Pembroke Dock
Chapter 9. Pembroke Dock (January to December 1944): The Hampshire Era
Chapter 10. Dairy of Colin Gramp
Chapter 11. Sullom Voe (October 1944)
Chapter 12. Final Days (November 1944 to June 1945): The Oldham Era
Chapter 13. Overview
Appendix A. Flying and Operational Effort
Appendix B. Squadron Personnel
Appendix C. Operational Casualties
Appendix D. Operational Summary
Appendix E. RAAF Members of No. 461 Squadron

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