Hands to Flying Stations. : A Recollective History of Canadian Naval Aviation. Two Volumes in djs

By: SOWARD, Stuart E.

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SOWARD, Stuart E. Hands to Flying Stations : A Recollective History of Canadian Naval Aviation. [Two Volumes]. (Victoria, BC : Neptune Developments, 1993-1995). Pp 340; 498. Illustrated. 8vo, blue cloth. Volume One covers theperiod 1945-1954. Volume Two covers the period 1955-1969. With bibliograph y, index and appendices. "They came with a variety of aviation knowledge. Some were experienced veteran flyers of WW2, including decorated fighter aces of the Pacific War. A few w ere ex-RCAF pilots with operational backgrounds. Many were recent graduates of the RCAF. But they all wanted a flying career as a carrier pilot. They were young, adventurous, and high spirited. Some lacked discipline and maturity, but they all f locked to join the newlyformed Canadian Naval Air Branch at war's end. It was not the best of time s to form a new branch of the service. The Navy was struggling to convert to a post-war environment faced with budget cuts, a lack of organization , and a mass exodus of trained personnel to a civilian life. The supporting technical air trades mirrored their flying crews. Young and often lacking experience, they displayed remarkable enthusiasm and flexibility, often working without proper equipment and adequate logistic support. They were truly dedicated to the Air Branch in which they served, rising to the challenge and working long and tiring hours to keep aircraft flying. With such loyalty and enthusiasm, a remarkable esprit de corps was forged. Over the years theCanadian Naval Air Branch emerged as a highly motivated, and skilful opera tional force, achieving a level of effectiveness equal to the best that theRoyal Navy and the United States Navy could offer. These results were not achieved without a considerable loss of life as the branch evolved. In the first ten years, fifty-eight young men of all ranks died, serving the causeof Canadian Naval Aviation. Volume One of Hands To Flying Stations describ es for the first time those early days, and is the story as told by those who were there." -from the first dustjacket. "By 1955, the RCN Naval Aviation Branch was well established. Delivery of the new carrier Bonaventure to replace Magnificent was scheduled for 1957. Although far from ideal as an aircraft carrier, she was modernized and fitted with the latest equipment andwas able to accommodate the new ASW Tracker aircraft and the Banshee jet f ighters scheduled to replace the existing Avenger and Sea Fury squadron aircraft. The formation of an ASW helicopter squadron for service aboard Magnificent and Bonaventure greatly increased the overall capability of the fleet, which was further enhanced as Destroyer escorts were converted to carry and operate A/S helicopters. For the first time, this provided the RCN witha balanced aviation component operating at sea, thereby ensuring adequate resources for the conduct of anti-submarine operations during the cold war.Once Bonaventure entered service and the initial operating problems associ ated with a new carrier had been overcome, the RCN A/S carrier group developed a high degree of operational efficiency, which was clearly demonstratedin NATO combined exercises. Carrier operations with Banshees were unfortun ately not as successful. It was soon apparent that the carrier was inadequate to operate jet fighters in the air defence role and simultaneously meet the requirement to conduct all-weather ASW Tracker operations. The great progress and successes of Naval Aviation over the years sadly was not achieved without cost, as 43 members of the Branch were killed while serving between 1955 and 1969. These tragic losses unfortunately, are in part, a reflection of the high level of hazards encountered when involved in operational naval flying. The destructive policy and poorly conceived implementation of unification seriously threatened the very existence of Canadian Naval Aviation. Then new defence cutbacks, coupled with the negative publicity resulting from the cost over-run of the mid-life refit of Bonaventure, sounded thedeath knell for Canada's carrier flying. In December 1969, the last fixed- wing carrier operations ceased when Bonaventure was arbitrarily withdrawn from service. So ended, 23 years of RCN carrier aviation, which, over the years had developed into an internationally recognized first class operational force. As unification continued, the Branch subsequently lost all identity, and was systematically dismembered." - from the second dustjacket. Contents: I: 1. Restarting; 2. Airborne; 3. Forming Up; 4. Climbing Away; 5. On Course. With appendices: A. Senior Officers for Naval Aviation; B. Directors of Naval Air Division and Directors of Naval Aviation; C. Commanding Officers of Aircraft Carriers and Air Station; D. Commanding Officers of Air Groups; E. Commanding Officers of Air Squadrons; F. Specifications of Aircraft Carriers; G. Details of RCN Aircraft 1945-54. With bibliography and index. II: 1. Re-equiping, 1955-1957; 2. Working Up, 1958-1959; 3. Flying High, 1960-1962; 4. Into the Storm, 1963-1966; 5. Forced Down, 1967-1969. With appendices: A. Senior Officers for Naval Aviation; B. Directors of Naval Aviation; C. Commanding Officers of Aircraft Carriers and Air Stations; D. Commanding Officers of Air Squadrons; E. Specifications of Aircraft Carriers; F. Details of RCN Aircraft 1955-1969; G. Safe Flying Trophy Awards. With bibliography and index. Vg in djs. the set for 75.00

Title: Hands to Flying Stations. : A Recollective History of Canadian Naval Aviation. Two Volumes in djs

Author Name: SOWARD, Stuart E.

Categories: 888,

Publisher: Neptune Developments, Victoria, BC, 1993, ISBN:0969722907:

Seller ID: 39414

Keywords: NAUTICAL NAVAL AVIATION CANADA HISTORY RCN NAVY CANADIAN FLYING MILITARY,