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Furies and Fireflies: The Story of the Men and Mac
by Graham Thomas

ISBN: 9781904010043
PUBLISHER: Grub Street
FORMAT: Hardback
PAGES: 192
DIMENSIONS: 234mmX156mmX21mm 481grams

On June 25, 1950, five years the world finished a dreadful and terrible war against fascist tyranny, the Communist armies of North Korea struck without warning across the border into South Korea. Everyone was caught by surprise and in the air initially only US jets resisted the wave upon wave of Russian-built Yak and IL-10 Sturmovik attacks. The UN Security Council called on its members to act and 16 nations did, with Britain sending aircraft carriers such as HMS Triumph, from which piston-engined Sea Fury fighters and Fairey Firefly fighter-bombers, piloted by FAA men like Harry Hawksworth and Alan Leahy, began to attack the North Korean positions. The only British jet to take part was the Gloster Meteor ably flown by the Royal Australian Air Force and the RAF was represented by pilots such as John Nichols who flew Sabres with the USAF. Against this background and the odds British and Australian pilots (assisted by their groundcrew) flew with distinction and honour. After having interviewed participants who flew during the Korean Conflict, Graham Thomas presents this illustrated study of the men and machines of Britain and the Commonwealth who flew against the Communists forces from 1950 to 1953.

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