Tuesday, December 19, 2017 - 04:58 PM UTC
Fonthill Media are to release in December a book dedicated to the Liberators over the Atlantic which hunted the German Uboats.
Liberators over the Atlantic
Author - Jack and Richard Colman
Number of Pages - 304 pages
Size - 234 x 156 mm
Binding - Hardback
Illustrations - 37 mono
Price - £25.00/$36.95
Publication Date - 28 December 2017
ISBN No - 978-1-78155-650-4
About the book
Responding to the call, a young man learns to fly and recounts the challenges of hunting U-boats in the Atlantic
• Insight into flying the iconic B-24 Liberator and navigational difficulties in a pre-digital age
• Previously unpublished wartime photographs from the author’s private collection
• Rich in detail, this will be of interest to aviation and military historians as well as modellers
Liberators over the Atlantic is an informative and personal account of a young man’s flying experiences during the Second World War. Growing up in York, Jack Colman achieved his long-held desire to become a pilot by joining the RAF in October 1940, just after his twenty-first birthday. Sent to Canada to learn to fly, he became intrigued by the technical and practical aspects of flying and navigation. Promoted to pilot/navigator, Colman joined Costal Command on Liberators based in Iceland.
The practical difficulties of flying over the North Atlantic and Arctic Ocean protecting the convoys and hunting U-boats are relived as he battled with atrocious weather and navigational uncertainties. His brushes with death—in training and when operational, whether due to mechanical failure, flying into the sea, U-boat gunfire, or running out of fuel in an ever-changing hostile environment—are described realistically and calmly, often laced with dry humour. Lavishly illustrated with previously unpublished photographs, this is essential reading on the war over the Atlantic against Hitler’s U-boat menace.
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