John Severne joined the RAF in 1944 and gained his wings two months after World War II ended. This book captures the authors great passion for flying, whether it be in jet-fighters, light aircraft, helicopters or making model planes and gives details of his long a illustrious career.His first posting was to No 264 Night Fighter Squadron flying the de Havilland Mosquito. On a flying instructors course at the Central Flying School, he flew a Lancaster, Spitfire and his first jet - the Vampire. Posted to Germany as a flight commander on a Venom squadron, he was awarded an Air Force Cross for landing an aircraft that had caught fire. As a Squadron Leader, he became Equerry to the Duke of Edinburgh. Then followed a period as chief instructor on Britains first supersonic fighter, the English Electric Lightning. Later he became Wing Commander Ops at the joint HQ of Middle East Command where he was involved in counter-terrorist operations in Aden. As Station Commander of RAF Kinloss, he was responsible for the introduction of the Nimrod in 1971 and at the height of the Cold War when these new anti-submarine aircraft were a vital part of Britains defense.
Pen and Sword; October 2007
- ISBN 9781783460557
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- Title: Silvered Wings
- Author: John Severne
Imprint: Pen and Sword Aviation