Aviation expert publishes another book
Aviation historian, former RAF officer and prolific author, Ken Delve, from Swaffham, has just published another book.
This time it is a detailed study of the RAF's victory over the Luftwaffe during the Second World War and it features first-person accounts and photographs never published before
Ken served 20 years in the RAF as a navigator and during that time has developed a passion for aviation and military history.
As well as giving talks and being a volunteer at RAF Marham Aviation Heritage Centre, he has found time to write some 40 books.
In his latest, How the RAF and USAAF Beat the Luftwaffe, he looks in detail at the main campaigns in which the RAF, and later the Allies, faced the Luftwaffe.
He argues that by the latter part of 1942 the Luftwaffe was no longer a decisive strategic or even tactical weapon.The Luftwaffe was remarkably resilient, but it was on a continual slide to ultimate destruction including its failure to provide decisive results over Britain in 1940 and over the Mediterranean and Desert in 1941–1942; and its failure to defend the Reich and the occupied countries against the RAF.
Delve studies numerous aspects of these failures, from equipment (aircraft and weapons) to tactics, leadership (political and military), logistics and morale.
This book follows a three-volume set covering the Desert War, Malta’s offensive role, and the campaign in Italy. Earlier works include books about RAF Marham and also about the history of military airfields including those in Norfolk.
The new book retails at £19.99 and is published by Greenhill Books.