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A History of 97 (Straits Settlements) Squadron

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    The History of 97 (Straits Settlements) Squadron
    in the Second World War

    Woodfield Publishing first edition 2005.  364 pages and well illustrated with photos.

    Fine condition card cover book, clean, bright and tight with a solid binding.

    This is a very scarce and readable history of one of Bomber Command’s premier Pathfinder Squadrons.  Although it served in WWI, the squadron had been disbanded after the war and eventually reformed in November 1941 with the new Avro Manchester aircraft.  These underpowered and disliked aircraft were rapidly replaced with Lancasters and 97 Squadron participated in the famous low-level Augsburg raid in April 1942.  The squadron also provided crews, including pilot Joe McCarthy,  for the special squadron that formed to attack the Ruhr dams – becoming 617 Squadron.

    It was in its role as a Path Finder Force squadron with No 8 and No 5 Groups that enabled the squadron to make an invaluable contribution to the war effort which is recorded in impressive detail in this meticulously researched book.