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Night fighter navigator : Beaufighters and Mosquitos in World War II, Dennis Gosling

Label
Night fighter navigator : Beaufighters and Mosquitos in World War II
Title
Night fighter navigator
Title remainder
Beaufighters and Mosquitos in World War II
Statement of responsibility
Dennis Gosling
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Dennis Gosling recounts his story as a night fighter navigator during some of the darkest days of World War Two.
Cataloging source
StDuBDS
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Gosling, Dennis
Dewey number
940.544941092
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • portraits
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
D786
Literary form
non fiction
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  • Gosling, Dennis
  • Great Britain
  • Bristol Beaufighter (Fighter plane)
  • Mosquito (Military aircraft)
  • World War, 1939-1945
  • World War, 1939-1945
  • Warfare and Defence
Summary expansion
Yorkshireman Dennis Gosling joined the RAF on May 24 1940. Having completed his training he was posted to 219 Squadron flying the night-fighter version of the Beaufighter from Tangmere in 1941. As a navigator, he became part of a two-man team that would endure throughout his first operational tour. In those infant day of radar interception he honed his skills in the night skies above southern England and the English Channel but without a firm kill. On 12 February 1942, he and his pilot were instructed to pick up a brand new aircraft and deliver it to North Africa, flying via Gibraltar, a hazardous flight at extreme range. In March the crew were posted to 1435 Flight of 89 Squadron with the task of defending the besieged island of Malta. The four Beaufighters of the flight flew into an horrific scenario of almost constant bombing raids by the Luftwaffe and Italian Air Force. Because of these raids the damage to aircraft on the ground was devastating and the Flight was often reduced to a single serviceable aircraft. His first success came in April 1942 with a confirmed kill, and then shortly after his 21st birthday on 13 May a triumphant night on the 17th brought 3 certain kills and one damaged enemy aircraft. From being the virgins of the squadron they shot into the record books, his pilot being awarded the DFC. To his disgust, Flight Sergeant Gosling received no award. At this stage he became somewhat embittered by the class system he felt was operated by the RAF. Having endured the torment of constant bombardment, serious stomach complaints (even flying with a bucket in the aircraft) and near starvation he completed his tour and was repatriated to the UK via Brazil and Canada in the Queen Mary.After a spell instructing new night navigators, he joined 604 Squadron and in December 1943 he was promoted to Warrant Officer. February 1944 saw the squadron reequipped with the Mosquito and assignment to 2 Tactical Air Force in preparation for D-Day. Now once again he was flying initially over southern England and the Channel. The squadron became mobile after the landings and were based in various captured airfields in France, but the conditions were so inadequate for operations that the squadron returned to English bases, from where they operated over and beyond the advancing Allied troops. Eventually, after having been awarded a much deserved DFC, he accepted the King's Commission.This autobiography is written as stated by the author "I want my readers to relive my experiences as they happened to me - to take their hands and have them walk beside me. I want them to feel the joy and the pain, share the laughs and the heartache, take pleasure in the triumphs, agonise with me when things went wrong and understand why my Service years influenced so much of my life." He has succeeded magnificently
Label
Night fighter navigator : Beaufighters and Mosquitos in World War II, Dennis Gosling
Instantiates
Publication
Note
Includes index
Control code
BDZ0008836189
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
ix, 199 p., [16] p. of plates.
Isbn
9781848841888
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Other physical details
ill., ports.
Label
Night fighter navigator : Beaufighters and Mosquitos in World War II, Dennis Gosling
Publication
Note
Includes index
Control code
BDZ0008836189
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
ix, 199 p., [16] p. of plates.
Isbn
9781848841888
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Other physical details
ill., ports.

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