This was a pleasant surprise, IMHO a very good product from Key Publishing Ltd, 96 pages long info package, includes a short but good article on Vickers Wellesley (Wellington’s immediate predecessor) and a longer one on Warwick (Wellington’s planned successor in production lines)
The story of 14 Squadron activities in 1945 is well written; I compared it to the information from the history of the squadron, Winged Promises by Vincent Orange et al.
Less well known Wellington operations under Coastal Command are also well presented but on the Wellington operations in the Mediterranean area there are only a few crash photos.
Besides the lack of information on the Mediterranean and Far East operations and the lack of cockpit photos, IMHO the only omission is that there is no mention of the fact that the geodetic construction had some problems as had the structure of Wimpy. Even if the article on Warwick Air-Sea-Rescue planes is good and very interesting I would have preferred a good article on the Wellington operations in the Mediterranean area in its place.
The articles are:
- The short article on Vickers Wellesley which incl. a table of Wellesley operational losses.
- Barnes Wallis and the birth of the Wellington
- Variants and oddities with a photo or two of most of them. Also technical specifications and outline
drawings of the Mk III and a colour profile and colour plan of DWI Wellington, the flying mine-sweeper.
- Directory of RAF, Free European Air Forces and Commonwealth Wellington front-line squadrons and
support units from the UK to the Far East giving the badge, motto, codes, dates the unit was equipped with
Wellingtons, variants used, theatres and role for each squadron mentioned. Of course not all squadrons
had the badge or the motto. With 17 b/w photos and three colour profiles.
- The Wellington period of the 14 Squadron (Nov. 1944 – May 1945).
- The use in Bomber Command
- A first-hand account on the Kiel raid on 11th Sept. 1941.
- An article on air-sea rescues of Wellington crews including a diagram of dinghy installation on a
- Loch Ness/Brooklands Wellington Ia
- A short history of 524 Squadron, the E-boat hunters.
- The Warwick article.
- The post-war use.
IMHO a well worth of having.