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RAF North Africa Routes and Airfields Manual (1944)

RAF North Africa Routes and Airfields Manual (1944)

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REINFORCEMENT ROUTE BOOK,
U.K. — N. AFRICA

Headquarters Transport Command
Royal Air Force
Navigation Branch

'TO BE DESTROYED IF LIKELY TO FALL INTO
THE HANDS OF THE ENEMY'

RAF Transport Command, 1944

An extremely rare original R.A.F. Transport Command handbook, published by the R.A.F. in 1944. It covers the air route from the UK to North Africa and beyond, taking in airfields from Cornwall to Karachi. With full details and plans of virtually every significant destination and airfield en route, approach and landing proceedures, and emergency landing grounds in neutral countries. This manual would have been an essential piece of kit for all aircrews embarking on the long and hazardous trip from the UK to Africa in 1944. Places known to dangerous are clearly marked to be to avoided, and there are instructions about what to do in the event of forced landings, ditching and other mishaps. The handbook's  importance, and potential value to the enemy, is clearly seen on the front cover, which is marked 'To be destroyed if likely to fall into the hands of the enemy'. Aircrews were not even allowed to keep it: they had to hand it in to the Briefing Officer as soon as they had completed their mission. Very well illustrated throughout with coloured maps, diagrams, charts and photographs.
 
Condition:

In good condition. The card cover is in good condition, with a few marks. The lace fastened binding is secure and in good condition. The text, maps, diagrams, photographs and illustrations are in very good condition.
 
Published: 1944
Illustrated with line drawings, photographs, maps, & coloured diagrams
Grey card cover with black titling
Dimensions: 225mm 290mm
Pages: 176