Item description for SECOND TO NONE: A pictorial history of Hornchurch Aerodrome through two world wars and beyond, 1915 - 1962 by Richard Smith...
Drawn from a variety of collections, this unique and largely unpublished archive of 250 photographs with captions and introductory matter documents the entire history of the famous fighter station. Starting with the First World War and Sutton's Farm there are images of aircraft, buildings and the men of the RFC. Pre-war (1928-1938) illustrates the buildup of the airfield, and the various new types of aircraft flying from the station such as the Spitfire, Hurricane and Blenheim.
Not forgetting the pilots who would become famous in wartime. The Second World War period forms the largest section covering the five years of war and most specifically Dunkirk, the Battle of Britain, Dieppe and the offensive into Europe, with the aircraft and pilots, ground crews, Waafs and VIPs being especially featured.
Post-war the airfield hosted an aircrew selection center, Number 17 Central Reserve Flying School and various air displays. All are covered, together with photos of the airfield demolition, and what is left of RAF Hornchurch today. A must for the collector, historian and veteran of the times, it will also be of huge local interest.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.92" Width: 7.8" Height: 0.94" Weight: 1.94 lbs.
Publisher Grub Street
ISBN 1904010784 ISBN13 9781904010784
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Fighting World War II Only 15 Miles from London Jun 5, 2005
Only fifteen miles from downtown London RAF Hornchurch was a farm in the small country village of Hornchurch. It was taken over by the Government and made into an aerodrome. It was a fighter base, part of the defenses of London for almost fifty years. This book is a collection of photographs from in and around the air field, along with a small amount of text.
Most of the pictures in the book is concerned with World War II. During that time it was a Spitfire base. Lots of pictures of the Spit in every situation imaginable from flying in formation to scattered around the countryside in pieces.
This is kind of a specialized book, but I found it quite interesting. It shows a side of life during war time that you don't often see.