This is a superb history on the Fleet Air Arm during the Second World War, combined with an excellent reference book. Of the 250 pages in this work, 110 are devoted to a history of the Fleet Air Arm, detailing its operations as well as looking at the recruitment and training of its personnel, how the Air Arm worked with the rest of the fleet and a look at carrier operations.
The remaining 140 pages of the book are the reference section, looking at every squadron, wing and group in the FAA, the aircraft it used and the ships it operated from. Finally, we are given a series of very useful appendixes listing the Battle Honours won by the Fleet Air Arm, the Flag Officers who commanded it, a look at the medals it won and a comparison of Navy and Army ranks during the war.
This is a well written, well illustrated comprehensive guide to the operations of the Fleet Air Arm, and will be of great value to anyone with a interest in this crucial aspect of naval operations during the Second World War.
Author: David Wragg