Wings over the Waves: Fleet Air Arm Strike Leader against Tirpitz, The Biography of Lt Cdr Roy Baker-Falkner DSO DSC RN

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This is the biography of one of the Royal Navy's legendary pilots. 'BF' or 'Daddy' as he was known, started his career at Dartmouth and then spent his early seagoing years in Hong Kong, Nagasaki and Hiroshima. His wartime experiences as a Fleet Air pilot aboard HMS Glorious included the historic air strike at Taranto and the search for the Graf Spee. In May 1940 he was loaned to Coastal Command and attacked German Panzer tanks in a biplane, defended Allied troops over Dunkirk and was one of only a few naval officers to fight in the Battle of Britain. After a period as a test pilot at Boscombe Down he became one of only four Wing Leaders in the Royal Navy. His successful leadership lead to many more successes, not least the crippling of Tirpitz as part of a diversionary plan in the lead up to D-Day.He was a superb pilot, loved by all the air and ground crew under his command. His reputation as a fearless and dynamic leader remains a legend today. The book contains detailed and graphic accounts of aerial sorties and strikes throughout the dark days over Nazi Europe. Tragically he was killed in action in July 1944, one week prior to promotion and a job ashore. The book includes many of his letters and extracts from his diary.

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GRAHAM DRUCKER is the son of Lt Cdr Baker-Falkner's sister Leslie and was born a decade after his uncle went missing from an operation returning from attacking the German battleship Tirpitz in Arctic Norway. He has spent over 38 years researching his uncle's wartime career and has written articles for aviation magazines and is Director of the Fleet Air Arm Archive 1939-1945 website dedicated to wartime veterans and their exploits. He is an honorary member of the Fleet Air Arm Officer's Association, Fly Navy (Swordfish) Heritage Trust and Society of Friends of the Fleet Air Arm Museum. For the past 25 years he has played an active role in international environmental and conservation charities, along with the Council of Europe, European Commission and United Nations.

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