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Fonthill Media is to publish a new book by Greg Baughen that reassess whether the Fairey Battle justified its tag as a failure during WWII
The Fairey Battle is best known for being one of the worst aircraft to serve in the Royal Air Force. On operations, it suffered the highest loss rate of any plane in the RAF’s history. The missions flown by its brave crews became a byword for hopelessness and futility. Born out of muddled thinking, condemned before it even reached the squadrons and abandoned after the briefest of operational careers, the plane seems to thoroughly deserve its reputation. But was the Battle so useless? Why did it suffer such terrible loses? Was there nothing that could have been done to prevent the disasters of 1940? Fresh looks at the documents of the time suggest there was. They reveal a very different story of ignored recommendations and missed opportunities. It was the way it was used rather than fundamental flaws in the design that ensured its operational career was such a dismal failure. It might even be argued that in the desperate days of the summer of 1940, the Fairey Battle was exactly what Britain needed.

-New insights into the early development of the Fairey Battle
-The truth behind the decision to declare the plane obsolete
-Based on original documentation
-The story of what might have been had the Air Ministry used the plane correctly

Publish date: 25 May 2017

ISBN: 978-1-78155-585-9 - The Fairey Battle - Greg Baughen

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