RAF Coastal Command- A Pictorial History
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RAF Coastal Command was founded in 1936 when the Royal Air Force restructured into Fighter, Bomber and Coastal Commands. During the preceding inter-war years, maritime aviation had been seriously neglected due to the disagreements between the Royal Navy and the RAF over the ownership, roles and investment in maritime air power. However, the Command played a key role in the Allied victory during WWII, particularly during the Battle of the Atlantic. From a modest beginning, the Command blossomed into a powerful anti-submarine force. Equipped with legendary aircraft such as the Sunderland, Wellington, Catalina and Liberator, it was able to locate, attack and destroy an increasing number of U-boats. By the end of WWII, Coastal Command had flown more than a million flying hours, completed 240,000 operations and destroyed 212 U-boats, but suffered the loss of 2,060 aircrafts and their 5,866 personnel. Illustrated with images from the Air Historical Branch demonstrating all aircrafts operated by Coastal Command.
|Publication Date||6 Nov 2020|