They Gave Me a Seafire

Author(s): R. "Mike" Crosley
Original Publish Date: Aug 06, 2014
Product Number: EB00805570
Released: Feb 07, 2020
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781473838574
Publisher: Pen & Sword Books
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"Superb . . . one of the most honest, candid, and truly delightful memoirs . . . the perfect memorial to one of the Fleet Air Arm's greats."—Aircrew Book Review A classic in every sense of the word, this book charts Commander R. "Mike" Crosley's service career in the Fleet Air Arm during the entire period of the Second World War. Part of his service saw him in action aboard HMS Eagle, flying Sea Hurricanes on the Harpoon and Pedestal Malta convoys of June and August 1942. It was during this time that he shot down his first enemy aircraft and survived the dramatic sinking of HMS Eagle. From there he graduated on to Seafires, (the Naval equivalent of the Spitfire), and flew this type in Combat Air Patrols over Norway and ramrod strikes from Operation Torch (the invasion of French North Africa in November 1942), through to D-Day in June 1944 in the European Theatre of Operations, and then in the Pacific abroad HMS Implacable as part of the British Pacific Fleet in 1945 until the end of the Pacific War, by which time he had command of his own combined squadron, 801 and 880. They Gave Me a Seafire sets to bring the endeavors of Crosley to a whole new generation of enthusiasts, and it should appeal across the board to fans of aviation, naval history and families and friends of Armed Forces, past and present. "The fascinating publication details Mike's incredible capacity for survival, and sheer skill as a pilot, which were remarked on at the time, securing him a number of decorations."—Island Life Magazine

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