Eyes for the Phoenix: Allied Aerial Photo-reconnaissance by Geoffrey J. Thomas

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Eyes for the Phoenix: Allied Aerial Photo-reconnaissance Operations in South-East Asia 1942-1945 КНИГИ ;ВОЕННАЯ ИСТОРИЯ Eyes for the Phoenix: Allied Aerial Photo-reconnaissance Operations in South-East Asia 1942-1945ByGeoffrey ThomasPublisher:Hikoki Publications1998272 PagesISBN: 0951989944PDF53 MBThe tale of aerial photo-reconnaissance over Europe and the Mediterranean from bases within the uk is widely known. even perhaps extra very important when it comes to method (and quite often unrecorded) was once the activity of the photographic squadrons within the some distance East; to find eastern activities and intentions inside an unlimited region, 2,000 miles throughout, during which almost no different intelligence might rather be acquired. Flying via appalling climatic conditions over probably the most inhospitable terrain on the planet, opposed to an implacable enemy, usually in plane unsuited to the duty and often unarmed, the crews have been, before, the forgotten eyes of the 'Forgotten Army'. UploadingDepositfiles zero

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Under constant air attack, Burma Army was driven back to the Sittang River. There, on 23 February 1942, two spans of the railway bridge were demolished too soon, trapping British and Indian troops on the east bank. Nevertheless, this caused a delay in the Japanese advance that would have been crucial if only the Chinese divisions falling back on Toungoo, 90 miles north, had sought to delay the enemy. The British fell back to Waw, then to Pegu. Rangoon was still held, for without its port facilities the Army could no longer be supplied or reinforced, but it was clear that the port was not defensible for long.

There was no aerodrome with a metalled or stabilised runway, simply a long strip of levelled ground. 3 PRU (India). The unit's three Hurricanes were flown to Pandaveswar on 13 May so that, for the first time, all the aircraft were stationed in one place. At "unspeakable" Pandaveswar the personnel were accommodated under canvas; the aircrew exchanging the luxury of the Great Eastern Hotel in Calcutta for primitive conditions they shared with the ground crews, with temperatures up tollYF (46°C). Although a few PR pilots had been posted to the unit, there were too few aircrew to make full use of the available aircraft so the complement had been already enlarged by the transfer of seven pilots and navigators from 45 Sqn.

IIB to the RAF) taken from Lend-Lease allocations when the improved P-40E became available for use by the British. In return for British assistance, it was agreed that the AVG would be available for defence if Burma were attacked. The Group was made up of three fighter (pursuit) squadrons; the 1st, 'Adam and Eve'; the 2nd, known as the 'Panda Bears' and a 3rd, 'Hell's Angels'. On the outbreak of war the 1st and 2nd Sqns flew to Kunming, Chiang's capital, and on 10 December the 23 fighters of the 3rd Pursuit Sqn were despatched to join 67 Sqn RAF at Mingaladon, near Rangoon, accompanied by three aircraft of the 2nd Sqn.

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