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Skua : the Royal Navy's Dive-Bomber.

Author: Peter Smith
Publisher: Havertown : Pen and Sword, 2007.
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The Blackburn Skua was the first monoplane to be designed and built for the Royal Navy in the 1930s. As a result of continued debate, it became a compromise between the Navy's desire for a carrier-based dive-bomber and RAF's preference for a fighter. Despite being the first to shoot down a Luftwaffe aircraft in World War II, early operations in Norway found the type woefully inadequate as a fighter. As a  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Smith, Peter.
Skua : The Royal Navy's Dive-Bomber.
Havertown : Pen and Sword, ©2007
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Peter Smith
ISBN: 9781783409716 1783409711
OCLC Number: 854974861
Description: 1 online resource (541 pages)
Contents: By the same author; Title Page; Copyright Page; Dedication; Table of Contents; List of Tables; FOREWORD; ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS; 1 --
FORGING THE FIRST-STRIKE WEAPON; The dive-bomber concept revitalised; The debate begins; The specification issued; Alternative designs; 2 --
BUILDING THE CONCEPT; Blackburn of Brough; FDB or DBR?; Longitudinal instability; 3 --
THE SAGA OF THE DIVE-BOMB SIGHT; One step forward, two steps back; 'Simple' dive-bomb sight trials; Further discussions; 4 --
THE SKUA IS HATCHED; Overall view; Fuselage; Alighting gear; The tail unit; The mainplanes; The flying controls. Dual control conversion setCompressed air systems; The gunnery systems; Gun camera provision; Bomb gear; Smoke floats; Electrical equipment; Signalling lamp and pistol; Marine gear and ancillary equipment; The target towers; The power plant; 5 --
AFLOAT AT LAST; Early colour schemes; Comparison with contemporary dive-bombers; 6 --
INTO BATTLE; The Fanad Head incident; First blood; North Sea patrolling; South Atlantic interlude; No. 806 Squadron arrives; South-west approaches; 7 --
KILLING THE KÖNIGSBERG; Norway; Wrong-footed; The target; The attack plan; The approach. The destruction of the KönigsbergThe bomb tally; Königsberg abandoned; The return; Evaluation; Postscript; 8 --
LONG ODDS; The Bergen blitzkriegs; Long-range armed reconnaissance; Operation Duck; Once too often; The carriers return; A Glorious interlude; Romsdalen Valley combat; Gladiator guides; Three strikes and you are out!; Attack on Trondheim; Aalesund patrols; Carrier task force; Get-together at Grotli; Mêlée over Molde; Shuffle and deal; Good work over Narvik; Attack at Asko; Missing a 'sitter'; The Narvik circus; No. 806 Squadron tries again; Losses; 9 --
LAMBS TO THE SLAUGHTER. Alphabet patrolsAttack on Sweden --
the aborted operation Paul; The Scharnhorst tragedy; Vengeance!; The RAF mission; The Charge of the Light Brigade; A last word; Take-off; The attack; Escape or die!; Fighter patrols; Analysis; 10 --
THE LAST DITCH; Dunkirk; 801 relieves 803; Black Violet; Night patrols; Channel action; Bouncing Boulogne; A 'new boy'; U-boats, E-boats and batteries; Skua tactics over the Channel --
Summer 1940; How it should be done!; New methods; 11 --
NORTH AND SOUTH; Norway again; The Squadron routine; View from the back seat; Hunting in the fiords; The Bergen beat. Trondheim raidTromsø attack; Voyage to Africa; Cornish interlude; 12 --
WARMER CLIMES; Force H; Mers-el-Kebir; The Regia Aeronautica; Fighter duel; Chasing the bombers; Proposed attack on Bordeaux; 13 --
LAST MISSIONS; The first 'club run'; Excursions and exercises; Operation Hats; Dakar; Mediterranean forays; Battle of Spartivento; East and West; Genoa; Convoys, raids and excursions; Operation Winch; Operation Tender; Summary of combat; 14 --
TRAINING, TRAGEDIES AND TARGETS; TAG Training; Accidents and errors; Pilot error; Some you walk away from --
and some you don't; 'Throw the machine about' Appendix 1 --
SKUA 'FIRSTS'

Abstract:

The Blackburn Skua was the first monoplane to be designed and built for the Royal Navy in the 1930s. As a result of continued debate, it became a compromise between the Navy's desire for a carrier-based dive-bomber and RAF's preference for a fighter. Despite being the first to shoot down a Luftwaffe aircraft in World War II, early operations in Norway found the type woefully inadequate as a fighter. As a dive-bomber, the Royal Navy put the design to good use from the outset of WWII. It was involved with the hunt for the Graff Spee, sunk the major warship Koln, suffered with great loss in an att.

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