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Book Review: School of Aces by Alastair Goodrum

 

This is the fascinating story of RAF Sutton Bridge, a Lincolnshire station that trained around 400 men that fought in the Battle of Britain. It’s written by an author who is well-known for his expertise and knowledge about all-things aviation in the county – and I think this is one of his best books yet.

Sutton Bridge (Armament) Practice Camp opened on September 1, 1926, with very basic facilities, but was gradually developed and gained full RAF station status in July 1936. Elements based there in lead-up to war, and during the conflict, included the Central Gunnery School and No.6 Operational Training Unit (OTU); both played an important but often overlooked part in Fighter Command’s preparations for the Battle of Britain.

It’s a well-illustrated book, with some 40 photos, all accompanied by detailed captions. There’s also detailed appendix, covering station and unit commanders, pilot postings from the Sutton Bridge to frontline squadron during 1940, and a sobering list of fatalities. (Reviewed by Nigel Price.)

Publisher: Amberley

www.amberley-books.com

ISBN: 9781445686172

Hardback: 304 pages

RRP: £20

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