Tells the story of the Marine Branch of the Royal Air Force which, over nearly 70 years, provided waterborne support and rescue services for the RAF yet, strangely, was hardly known to the public and even remained something of a mystery within the armed forces. This book provides a history of this Marine Branch, describing the work, craft and heroics of the sailors in the RAF, who were every bit as remarkable as the daring airmen they supported. It chronicles the development of the service from its inauguration as the Marine Craft Section in 1918, just days after the RAF itself was founded, through to its privatization in 1968. Includes details of some of its more famous crewmen such as novelist Alistair Maclean, writer John Harris, racing driver Sir Algemon Guinness and, by association, T.E. Lawrence. Full of human interest, the book features hair-raising accounts of rescue attempts right in the heart of enemy territory, and others carried out in the teeth of hellish weather. Well illustrated with photographs showing the craft in action.
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Book Description Patrick Stephens, Sparkford, 1993. Hardbound. Book Condition: Very Good+/ Very Good. b&w illus (illustrator). 1st Edition. 240, Blue spine with gold lettering. Boards have very light shelf wear. Pages edges have been stamped, have some small discoloration. Interior is clean and tight. Dj has some light shelf wear. Wrapped in brodart. Bookseller Inventory # BOOKS3016780I
Book Description Haynes Publishing Co. 1st printing, Sparkford Nr Yeovil, 1993. 240 p., photos, glossary, biblio, appendix, index, 8vo; VG/VG dust jacket, name/address stamp on front endpaper, small chip to head of dust jacket spine. Bookseller Inventory # 58641
Book Description Patrick Stephens Ltd, 1993. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fair. Dust Jacket Condition: Fair. Suitable as a reading / reference copy. *Please note* Former Library copy. Usual stamps and markings, with front fly leaf removed (torn out) Dust wrapper with tear to front top corner. Sellotape marks to inside covers and blue boards. Price clipped dust wrapper has now been fitted with removable archive acetate film. Dispatched within 24 Hours Mon - Friday 3pm, except bank holidays, otherwise next business day - excellent service guaranteed. 650g ; 240 pages. Bookseller Inventory # 4176
Book Description Patrick Stephens Limited, 1993. Hardback. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. 1993. Very good condition in a very good dustwrapper. The fascinating story of the Marine Branch of the RAF which, over nearly 70 years provided waterborne support and rescue services for the RAF. Spine and corners bumped. Address sticker and inscription to front endpaper. Page edges lightly browned. wrapper edge creased. [S]. Bookseller Inventory # 1607377
Book Description Patrick Stephens, Yeovil, 1993. Original Cloth. 1st Ed.. 24 x 16 cm., 240 pp. The story of the Marine Branch of the Royal Air Force, from 1918 to 1986. It provided waterborne support and rescue facilities throughout the world. The book is illustrated with b/w photos and drawings of RAF marine craft. It is covered in blue cloth with gilt lettering on the spine. CONDITION. VG+/ VG+. A clean tight copy. The dust jacket is in a protective sleeve taped to the boards. Library class mark on dust jacket spine, and stamps on half title page and verso title page. Free end paper removed. Ex-Library. Bookseller Inventory # 015480
Book Description Haynes Pubns, 1994. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. Ships with Tracking Number! INTERNATIONAL WORLDWIDE Shipping available. May not contain Access Codes or Supplements. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service!. Bookseller Inventory # 1852604077
Book Description Patrick Stephens, Yeovil, Somerset, 1993. Hard Cover. Book Condition: Near Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine. First Edition. The story of the unit which provided waterbourne support and rescue services for the RAF yet, strangely, was hardly known to the public and even remained something of a mystery within the armed forces. Faint sunning to page edges else a clean, unread hardback in an unclipped d/w - 240 pages including index. Scarce copy with a foreword by Air Vice-Marshal J.E.(Jonnie) Johnson. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 033055