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The Resource Group Captain John 'Joe' Collier, DSO DFC and Bar : the authorized biography of the Bomber Commander, Air War and SOE Strategist and Dambuster Planner, Simon Gooch

Group Captain John 'Joe' Collier, DSO DFC and Bar : the authorized biography of the Bomber Commander, Air War and SOE Strategist and Dambuster Planner, Simon Gooch

Label
Group Captain John 'Joe' Collier, DSO DFC and Bar : the authorized biography of the Bomber Commander, Air War and SOE Strategist and Dambuster Planner
Title
Group Captain John 'Joe' Collier, DSO DFC and Bar
Title remainder
the authorized biography of the Bomber Commander, Air War and SOE Strategist and Dambuster Planner
Statement of responsibility
Simon Gooch
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
John Collier's war began on day one, flying Hampdens in 83 Squadron with his friend Guy Gibson, in a hunt for the battleship Admiral Scheer. By the summer of 1940 he was bombing the Dortmund-Ems Canal at low-level, then Bordeaux and the Scharnhorst at Brest, which led to his DFC and Bar. Given command of 420 (RCAF) Squadron at 25, Collier was hand-picked to direct 97 Squadron, whose Lancasters made a spectacular debut with the 1942 Augsburg Raid. In Gibson's opinion "Joe" Collier's 97 was the best unit in Bomber Command. After 63 missions Collier was awarded the DSO and was selected to join the Directorate of Bomber Operations (B Ops 1) at the heart of the air war: co-ordinating with the USAAF, issuing directives to Bomber Command, and arguing for precision attacks on vital enemy industries and weaponry. In B Ops 1 John Collier was closely involved in planning the Dambuster Raid with Barnes Wallis, drafted the attack on Peenemunde's V-weapons research station, and managed to delay the "buzz-bomb" and rocket assault on London. As target selector for the specialist 617 Squadron, he and Leonard Cheshire VC made imaginative use of Wallis's Tallboy "earthquake bomb". 617 were also linked to Collier's role with SOE's "Blackmail Committee" that gave French industrialists a stark choice: sabotage your own plant or be bombed flat. By the time he moved to India in 1945 as Deputy Director of Combined Ops, John Collier had been involved in most of the major initiatives of the bomber war. His unpublished memoir of B Ops 1 and his logbooks and letters home give direct authority to this the first biography of this remarkable flyer, one of the most significant young RAF officers of the war
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Biography type
individual biography
Cataloging source
EBLCP
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1955-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Gooch, Simon
Dewey number
940.54/4941
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
D786
LC item number
.G66 2015
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Great Britain
  • Bomber pilots
  • World War, 1939-1945
  • Special operations (Military science)
  • Great Britain
  • BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY
  • HISTORY
  • Bomber pilots
  • Military operations, Aerial
  • Special operations (Military science)
  • Great Britain
Label
Group Captain John 'Joe' Collier, DSO DFC and Bar : the authorized biography of the Bomber Commander, Air War and SOE Strategist and Dambuster Planner, Simon Gooch
Instantiates
Publication
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Cover; Title Page; Copyright Page; Contents; Introduction; Acknowledgements; Official Recommendations; Letter of Condolence to Mark Collier; On the London Underground, June 1944; Part I: Airfields; Chapter 1: Wings; Chapter 2: Bombers: 83 Squadron at War; Chapter 3: Bombers: 44 and 420 Squadrons; Chapter 4: Bombers: 97 Squadron; Part II: War Room; Chapter 5: B Ops 1; Chapter 6: Round-the-Clock War; Chapter 7: The Blackmail Committee; Chapter 8: Specialist Squadrons; Chapter 9: Buzz-bombs and Rockets; Chapter 10: The Siegfried Dams; Part III: The Wider World; Chapter 11: India and Japan
Control code
909146422
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (282 pages)
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781473851313
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Other physical details
illustrations
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)909146422
Label
Group Captain John 'Joe' Collier, DSO DFC and Bar : the authorized biography of the Bomber Commander, Air War and SOE Strategist and Dambuster Planner, Simon Gooch
Publication
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Cover; Title Page; Copyright Page; Contents; Introduction; Acknowledgements; Official Recommendations; Letter of Condolence to Mark Collier; On the London Underground, June 1944; Part I: Airfields; Chapter 1: Wings; Chapter 2: Bombers: 83 Squadron at War; Chapter 3: Bombers: 44 and 420 Squadrons; Chapter 4: Bombers: 97 Squadron; Part II: War Room; Chapter 5: B Ops 1; Chapter 6: Round-the-Clock War; Chapter 7: The Blackmail Committee; Chapter 8: Specialist Squadrons; Chapter 9: Buzz-bombs and Rockets; Chapter 10: The Siegfried Dams; Part III: The Wider World; Chapter 11: India and Japan
Control code
909146422
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (282 pages)
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781473851313
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Other physical details
illustrations
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)909146422

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