Ground Crew: A Middle East Diary of the Forgotten Campaigners of the Desert Airforce in North Africa, October 1940 - July 1943

Sainsbury, Felix W.

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Publisher: Hesperian Press
ISBN-13: 9780859053020
Binding: Paperback
Year Published: 2001
From the Foreword:

"No. 3 Squadron RAAF arrived at Port Tewfik at the entrance of the Suez Canal on 23 August 1940. Aircraft flown were Gloster Gauntlets, Westland Lysander, Gladiators, Hurricanes, American Tomahawks, Kittyhawks and Mustangs (Italy).

"No. 3 Squadron was the most successful Australian fighter bomber squadron in World War II, operating entirely in the Middle East, North Africa and Italy. Equipped with Tomahawks from June 1941 and Kittyhawks from December 1941, 3 Squadron was the first to achieve 100 victories and continued in combat throughout the fighting in North Africa, became the squadron with the highest number of air victories of the Desert Air Force squadrons, producing no less than fourteen "Aces". 3 Squadron was formed in 1916 in France and the Australian Flying Corps (AFC) and still flies to this day, operating with F/A 18 Hornets from Williamtown, NSW.

"This is a true story, compiled from my diary and recollections of events that occurred during my service with No. 3 RAAF Fighter Bomber Squadron in the Middle East Campaigns. The Squadron saw service in Syria, Lebanon, Palestine, Egypt, Libya, Cyrenaica, Tripolitania, Tunisia and Italy."
ID: 17077
Code: HE000037