The Anzac Squadron
by Norman Ashworth
ISBN 0 85905 198 6, (1994 new), Soft Cover, 140mm x 215mm, 285pp, illustrated, 350grams
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The Anzac Squadron is the story of 461 Squadron, Royal Australian Air Force, formed in Britain on Anzac Day 1942. The Sunderland Flying Boat Squadron spent the next three years opposing Admiral Doenitz's U Boats in the battle of the Atlantic.
The young Australian and British air crew flew their boats in search of the ever-elusive U Boats while the Luftwaffe JU88 fighters hunted the hunters.
From this combination came both excitement and tragedy. This is a story not only of the moments of excitement that punctuated the otherwise long monotonous patrols but also back at base where aircrew and ground staff alike had to face the rigours of wartime Britain, far from their homes and loved ones. It is a story told largely by those who took part, in their own way and in their own words.