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by Charles LAMB

eBook War in a stringbag download ISBN: 0099182505
Author: Charles LAMB
Publisher: Arrow; New edition (1978)
Language: English
Pages: 352
ePub: 1153 kb
Fb2: 1700 kb
Rating: 4.7
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Category: History
Subcategory: Europe

War in a String Bag book. Commander Charles Lamb fought an exceptional war piloting the slow and obsolete Fairey Swordfish.

War in a String Bag book. Antiquated as it was, the "Stringbag" still outmaneuvered almost any other aircraft-especially with Lamb at the controls. Go with him into the thick of the action-landing on the Courageous just before she sinks; flying 29 sorties over northern Europe; attacking E-boats through the nine days of Dunkirk.

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Charles Lamb was born in 1914, and went to sea as an apprentice with the Clan Line in 1930. He later served as a Midshipman in the RNR, and joined the RAF in 1935 to learn to fly. He transferred to the Fleet Air Arm in 1938, flew throughout the war, and was given a permanent commission in 1945. He remained active in naval and public affairs until his death in 1981.

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Commander Charles Lamb fought an exceptional war flying the slow and obsolete Fairey Swordfish for the Fleet Air Arm. It was an antiquated machine, but it could outmanoeuvre almost any other aircraft, and in Charles Lamb's hands, the 'Stringbag' - as the torpedo bomber wa. . It was an antiquated machine, but it could outmanoeuvre almost any other aircraft, and in Charles Lamb's hands, the 'Stringbag' - as the torpedo bomber was affectionately known - was a deadly weapon. Charles Lamb fought in the thick of the action.

Foreword by Vice-Admiral Sir Charles Evans. Page edges are lightly foxed, and book is a little bit musty. Price-marked in pencil, at top of fff by previous seller. Drawings by Greg Beecham and Stephen M. Bach. DJ is creased, chipped & torn (closed) in places, mainly along top & bottom edges. Still bright & attractive. It was an antiquated machine, but it could outmaeuvre almost any other aircraft, and in Charles Lamb's hands, the 'Stringbag' - as the torpedo bomber wa. It was an antiquated machine, but it could outmaeuvre almost any other aircraft, and in Charles Lamb's hands, the 'Stringbag' - as the torpedo bomber was affectionately kwn - was a deadly weapon. Charles Lamb fought in the thick of the action

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Qutalan
Charles Lamb was a member of the Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm from the start of World War Two until he was grievously injured in mid-1945 in the Pacific Theater. In addition an injury to his leg (which is almost lost) that left him bed-ridden for nearly two years, his experiences included:
Being aboard an aircraft carrier sunk by a U0boat during the first week off the war;
Flying night missions over German ports to lay mines;
Flying from a base in the mountains of Greece to forestall the Italian attack on that country;
Being forced out of Greece and the island of Crete after the Germans entered the fray;
Participating in an attack on the Italian Navy at Taranto that quite possibly informed the Japanese Pear Harbor plans;
Being stationed on Malta to attack Axis shipping and deliver agents into occupied North Africa. and
Being held prisoner by the Vichy French for over a year after a crash in Tunisia during which he and his fellow prisoners are treated by the supposedly neutral Vichy administration in a manner more akin to a Japanese POW camp.

All of these exploits and more are related in a stunningly calm way without a single word or instance of arrogance in his tone. In fact, the entire narrative is an archetypical case of the notion of "I was just doing my job."

Finally, after the years of physical and mental duress, the author begins a post-war military career that promises less stress. But quickly this is wrenched from him by government cutbacks. Finally, as a civilian, he sets out to create an organizational to aid fellow sailors in adjusting to civilian life.
Low_Skill_But_Happy_Deagle
Excellent telling of Britain's air and naval war with Nazi Germany and Fascist Italy before the US became embroiled in the conflict, and a rare inside look into survival as a POW by the Vichy French. Infused with honesty and the witty dry humor of the English, a very good read for pilots and non-pilots alike.
DarK-LiGht
It is a great story and a really good read. Believe it or not, one of these old style planes was a major factor in sinking the Bismark!!! What a sholt with the torpedo!!!!!
Monam
Pretty big call with the title but wow! Charles Lamb can write and write well. The reader follows his pre-war and wartime experiences of his Swordfish flying, flying that is always fraught with danger given the relatively rudimentary nature of the aircraft and the procedures for flying long distance over the ocean. These men went to war in an aircraft that looked outdated and flew incredibly slowly. Brave indeed. However, in the Swordfish, they had a pure, strong work horse that served throughout the war and became a legend. This is the best book on Swordfish flying, or maybe any flying, you will find anywhere. Mr Lamb's writing about the sinking of HMS Courageous early in the war (he was the last to land on her), getting married, mining heavily defended German shipping lanes, involvement in the famous raid on the Italian fleet at Taranto, combat sorties in the Med and from a secret base behind enemy lines in Greece, ditching next to an RN destroyer after Illustrious is pounded by Stukas, ops from Malta, raids over North Africa and time in a Vichy French hell hole of a POW camp (phew and it doesn't end there!) will have you turning the pages and shaking your head in amazement and respecting these men even more.

Told with humility, humour and self-deprecation, War in A Stringbag is a joy and an honour to read.
Hanelynai
I thoroughly recommend this and The Railway Man by Eric Lomax as my favourite WWII accounts.If you are looking for a real WWII epic story of incredible sacrifice told with extreme humility in a matter-of-fact way, then this is the book for you. I actually met Charles Lamb whilst I was a Royal Navy Officer, a fact that I only realised toward the end of the book!
As a young man, Charles Lamb was a Swordfish torpedo bomber pilot. The tough old biplane was capable of carrying so many types of weapons that the naval airmen called it a "Stringbag". Most of the tale takes place before the USA's entry into the war, but this should not put American readers off, quite the contrary since Lamb's revelations of how the Americans helped Britain in its hour of need would bring a lump to your throat. I have read books about Far East prisoners of war but I had not realised the barbaric conditions suffered by British and Commonwealth airmen in North Africa at the hands of the Vichy French. The way that this was swept under the carpet as the Allies advanced towards Germany so as to keep the French on side, was a revelation to me. This book has so many gems of untold glory that military history buffs should find interesting. Lamb gets sunk, crashed, into espionage, talked to by the King, instruction from Churchill,locked up, you name it! And it's a true story! The flying too will send your hair on end. A remarkable man, from a remarkable generation telling an extraordinary tale.
Dianazius
A wonderful book. My brother was a telegraphist air gunner (TAG) and sadly was killed in 1940 in an aircraft accident at Naval Air Base Machrihanish, Scotland. It would have been nice to see a cover depicting both crewmen. Commander Philip Arthur Balink-White, MBE, Royal Navy
Zahisan
A great yarn and made all the better for being true. Loved it.