Blue Diamonds: The Exploits of 14 Squadron RAF 1945-2015 by Michael Napier

By Michael Napier

 In the seven many years because the moment international struggle, 14 Squadron has operated a big selection of plane varieties (Mosquitoes, Vampires, Venoms, Hunters, Canberras, Phantoms, Jaguars and Tornados) in a desirable number of roles. for far of this time, the Squadron used to be established in Germany on the entrance line of the chilly battle, however it additionally participated within the Gulf battle in 1991, in operations over Iraq from 1991-2009, within the Kosovo clash in 2000 and latterly through the warfare in Afghanistan, to start with with the twister GR4 after which with the Shadow R1. this present day the Squadron operates in nice secrecy in an Intelligence, Surveillance, aim Acquisition and Reconnaissance role. 

Having had entry to log-books, modern diaries, maps and images, in addition to oral and written money owed from a great number of ex-Squadron individuals, the writer has been capable of produce as whole an account as is shortly attainable of the operational historical past of 14 Squadron within the moment half the 20 th century and the outlet years of the twenty-first.

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