Luftwaffe and Allied Air Forces Discussion Forum  

Go Back   Luftwaffe and Allied Air Forces Discussion Forum > Reviews > Books and Magazines

Books and Magazines Please use this forum to review or discuss books and magazines.

Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 4th April 2020, 14:42
Edward Edward is offline
Senior Member
Join Date: Jun 2006
Posts: 108
Edward is on a distinguished road
Upcoming Memoir by RAF Thunderbolt Pilot in Burma

Thunderbolts over Burma: A Pilot's War Against the Japanese in 1945 and the Battle of Sittang Bend
(Air World, Imprint of Casemate - January 2, 2021)
by Angus Findon with Mark Hillier
192 pages w/ 50 b&w photos - hardback

"The Republic P-47 proved to be a formidable ground-attack aircraft and in RAF service was especially devastating during the fighting in Burma in 1945. There, the Thunderbolt was deployed using the ‘cab rank’ system that proved so effective for the Hawker Typhoons during the Battle for Normandy. Flying standing patrols close to the front line, as and when they were needed the Thunderbolts would be directed to specific targets by ground controllers deployed among the Army units in contact with the enemy. The effects of the aerial bombardment the Thunderbolts unleashed was all too often devastating.

Though he only joined 34 Squadron in 1945, Angus Findon quickly found himself embroiled in the last battles of the Second World War – as the many entries in his pilot’s logbook testify. In particular, he and his fellow Thunderbolt pilots, often operating alongside RAF Spitfires, played a vital part in the Battle of the Sittang Bend.

On 2 July 1945, a Gurkha patrol ambushed a small enemy unit and captured a despatch bag containing a copy of the operational plan for a break-out that the Japanese Army was planning. Forewarned, the Allies were ready when the enemy attack came.

So swift and destructive was the RAF response, that the breakout ended in disaster for the Japanese who suffered such severe losses that some formations were wiped out. The Battle of Sittang Bend effectively brought the war in Burma to an end.

In his remarkable memoir, never previously published and supported here by additional narrative from the aviation historian Mark Hillier, Angus Findon details not only his part in the Allied victory from his initial training, but graphically recounts what it was like to fly the Thunderbolt and operate in the harsh conditions of the Burmese airfields during the final months of the Second World War."

About the Author

Like many young boys educated in the lead up to the Second World War, Angus Findon was set on joining the RAF and becoming a fighter pilot. However, plagued by ill health he was initially forced to settle for helping the war effort by joining the ARP. Subsequently employed as a ploughman working the fields of the South Downs, he also served in the Home Guard. Not one to give up, he persisted in his desire to fly and eventually, after training in Canada, found himself in the cockpit of a Republic P-47 Thunderbolt II in Burma.
Reply With Quote

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Les davenport - 7 squadron raf / pow 1941 LIST OF NAMES Davenport7 Allied and Soviet Air Forces 3 11th January 2015 19:10
Update:107 Plane crash in WWII, 30 km around of Heidelberg Area Part 1 Klaus Deschner Allied and Soviet Air Forces 4 15th August 2013 03:27
104 Plane crash in WWII, 30 km around of Heidelberg Area Part 2 Klaus Deschner Allied and Soviet Air Forces 0 15th September 2009 10:49
RAF pilot evaluation process Dave Clark Allied and Soviet Air Forces 0 29th March 2005 18:24
56th FG - friendly fire case on 4 May 1943 - info needed Lagarto Allied and Soviet Air Forces 28 12th March 2005 23:33

All times are GMT +2. The time now is 18:48.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.7.2
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright ©2004 - 2018,