Matthew Holden: Squadron - Desert Spitfire (Spehere 1980)
ANGELS OF DEATH
Autumn 1942 - and in North Africa Montgomery´s 8th Army is massacred in preparation fot the attack at El Alamein. Coldenamed Operation Lightfood the attack is scheduled to commence on 24th October - a day Rommel and the Afrika Korps would live to remember with dread.
In the air Piper squadron has joined the Desert Air Force to give all-important support in the battle against the Regia Aeronautica and the Luftwaffe. the young pilots were eager for airborne combat and the glory of battle, but for many El Alamein would end in a lonely desert grave ...
This is the forth in a series. Bought it and never read it. Nice cover though.
Got the first of the Squadron series "Sons of the Morning" from a Gloucester charity shop the other day. I'd hazard a guess it's competent, reasonably tasteful war porn (i.e. not the hard stuff like Sven Hassel or James Rouch). There were some similar books which I also picked up, one of Frederick E Smith's 633 Squadron sequels "Operation Crucible" and "Intruder Squadron" by Jack Bannatyne - more Mosquitos plus Derek Robinson's excellent "Goshawk Squadron" which I passed on to my Dad. Been a while since I've read any war books so looking forward to those.
Just picked up four more of the Squadron novels on ebay, all in reasonable nick given their age:
The Sun Climbs Slowly
Whirlwind at Arromanches
Just Massacre at Falaise to get now. Interesting how the titles become prosaic, if not sensationalist the futher down the series you go. Sons of the Morning I think comes from a hymn, while the Sun Climbs Slowly seems to be an allusion to Arthur Hugh Clough's poem Say Not the Struggle Naught Availeth, which was quoted by Churchill in one of his wartime broadcasts. Massacre at Falaise on the other hand sounds like one of Leo Kessler's innumerable Wotan series. Perhaps he took over writing duties halfway through the series, who knows?