By Gordon Thorburn
Within the earliest days of worldwide conflict One, whilst IX Squadron was once shaped, we went to the struggle in little 50mph machines that have been slightly able 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 document on troop events, the additional load compelled the defenseless pilot to depart his observer behind.
A century later, IX (B) Squadron flies jets which could exceed the rate of sound, position laser-guided missiles inside a couple of centimeters of the objective, and transmit the main complicated facts in genuine 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 e-book. We cross from these beginnings in wooden, cord 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 to be able to the current, a century on.
It quite is one hell of a narrative.
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The personnel are used for the formation of schwere Panzer:Jager-Abteilung 512 in DetmoldSchoningen (equipped with the Jagdtiger tank destroyer). /schwere PanzerAbteilung 501 remains in Paderborn. /schwere Panzer-Abteilung 501 (Oberleutnant Busch) with drivers' instruction tanks (2 Tiger Is, 1 Panther, 1 Panzer IV) of the inventory of the Panzer-Ersatz- und Ausbildungs-Abteilung 500 (500th Armor Replacement and Training Battalion) in the area Paderborn-Salzkotten. 1 Tiger (Oberfeldwebel Boving) is knocked out at the Paderborn railway station.
PanzerArmee. /schwere Panzer-Abteilung 501. His "radio operator" is a female Russian! /schwere PanzerAbteilung 501 is reported missing in action. 1 June 1944: 29 tanks operational. Allocated to the 4. Armee. 46 TIGERS IN COMBAT I June 1944: 9 tanks are handed over to schwere Panzer-Abteilung 509. Total tanks: 20. 23June 1944: Hasty employment at the Orschajunction results in total dispersion of the battalion. In the following days, defensive fighting against enemy tank attacks (including JS 2's) northeast of the junction.
A crewmember of Tiger 132 attempts to straighten out a camouflage net, which was difficult to apply to the tanks, since it frequently caught on any number of objects. Leutnant Kodar, the platoon leader of the light tank platoon, stands on top of a Panzer III, Ausfiihrung N. 58 TIGERS IN COMBAT I The soft-skinned vehicles also bore the battalion insignia. The St within the rhomboid beneath the "stalking tiger" insignia stands for Stabskompanie, or headquarters company. The P is for the Pionier platoon.