Air Force Lives

A Guide for Family Historians

Phil Tomaselli

 
Date Published :
April 2013
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
Language:
English
Illustration :
40 illustrations
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Paperback
ISBN : 9781848847439
Pages : 176
Dimensions : 9 X 6 inches
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$24.95

Overview
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What was it like to serve as an airman in the Second World War, as a pilot, a bomb aimer, or aerial gunner, or as a trainee pilot in 1913, a Zeppelin chaser during the First World War, or serve as a Wren fitter in the Fleet Air Arm or as a member of the ground crew who are so often overlooked in the history of Britain’s air arm? And how can you find out about an individual, an ancestor whose service career is a gap in your family’s history?

Phil Tomaselli, in this readable and instructive book, shows you how this can be done. He describes in fascinating detail the careers of group air force personnel from all branches and levels of the service. Using evidence gleaned from a range of sources – archives, memoirs, official records, books, libraries, oral history and the internet – he reconstructs the records of a revealing and representative group of ordinary men and women: among them an RFC fitter who won the Military Medal on the Somme, an RAF pilot who flew in Russia in 1919, an air gunner from the Second Word War, a Pathfinder crew who flew 77 missions, a Battle of Britain pilot and a typical WRAF.

In each case, he shows how the research was conducted and explains how the lives of such individuals can be explored.

About The Author
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Phil Tomaselli has written extensively on military and family history and he has made a special study of the Western Front, in particular the decisive campaign of 1918. He has published many articles on aspects of army and air force history.

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