Ken’s book tells the operational history of the squadrons that made up the group for the duration of the Second World War, including the early days when the mainstay of air operations was the often overlooked Whitley bomber. 4 Group differed from other groups in the Command by mainstreaming the Handley Page Halifax rather than the otherwise ubiquitous Avro Lancaster. Ken sets the Group’s operations in the wider context of Bomber Command’s strategic campaign through six years of toil and sacrifice, includes an overview of the aircraft types deployed and personalised the operational details with detailed accounts of many of the individuals directly involved. No. 4 Group was unique in never being granted an official crest.
The Pendulum and the Scythe A History of No.4 Group Bomber Command
A fine Group history, No 4 took part in the first land bombing mission of WW2,and many memorable raids including in 1941 the attacks on the Scharnhorst and Gneisenau,and the 1000 bomber raid on Cologne in 1942. Also prior to the invasion of Normandy in June 1944 the intense attacks on French marshalling yards and gun emplacements on the French coast, as well as troop concentrations and V-weapon sites, bombing by day and night targets at Hanover, Magdeburg, Stuttgart, Cologne, Munster and Osnabrück plus the Sterkrade, Wanne-Eickel, and Bottrop. This book is must for anyone interested in the missions of Bomber Command and especially 4 Group.