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The Resource Group Captain John 'Joe' Collier, DSO DFC and Bar : the authorized biography of the Bomber Commander, Air War and SOE Strategist and Dambuster Planner, Simon Gooch, (electronic resource)

Group Captain John 'Joe' Collier, DSO DFC and Bar : the authorized biography of the Bomber Commander, Air War and SOE Strategist and Dambuster Planner, Simon Gooch, (electronic resource)

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Group Captain John 'Joe' Collier, DSO DFC and Bar : the authorized biography of the Bomber Commander, Air War and SOE Strategist and Dambuster Planner
Title
Group Captain John 'Joe' Collier, DSO DFC and Bar
Title remainder
the authorized biography of the Bomber Commander, Air War and SOE Strategist and Dambuster Planner
Statement of responsibility
Simon Gooch
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
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YDXCP
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Gooch, Simon
Dewey number
940.54/4941
LC call number
D786
LC item number
.G6136 2015
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  • Great Britain
  • Bomber pilots
  • World War, 1939-1945
  • Special operations (Military science)
  • Great Britain
  • World War (1939-1945)
  • Bomber pilots
  • Military operations, Aerial
  • Special operations (Military science)
  • Great Britain
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Group Captain John 'Joe' Collier DSO, DFC and Bar was a key player during some of the most dynamic episodes of Second World War history. A quiet and humble man, he didn't experience much of a fanfare during his lifetime in response to his achievements. But the importance of his actions during the fraught and dangerous days of the Second World War cannot be overstated. From an illustrious flying career (during which Guy Gibson stated that he believed Collier's unit (97) to be the best in Bomber Command), he was to carve out an impressive niche in a behind-the-scenes capacity at the Directorate of Bomber Operations, fusing his practical knowledge with his formidable tactical intellect to impressive effect. In B Ops 1, John Collier was closely involved in planning the Dambuster Raid with Barnes Wallis, becoming great friends with him in the process. He also drafted the attack on Peenemunde's V-Weapons research station, and wrestled with the problem of how to prevent 'buzz-bombs' and rocket attacks on London. As target selector for the specialist 617 Squadron, he and Leonard Cheshire VC planned a series of daring raids using Wallis's Tallboy 'earthquake bomb'. These tasks were often linked to Collier's other role with SOE's 'Blackmail Committee' that gave French industrialists a stark choice: sabotage your own plant or we will bomb it flat. In late 1944, when the US Army was poised to attack the Siegfried Line, Collier spotted the danger from a previously unidentified dam that, if opened by the Germans, could have wreaked havoc. The American advance was abruptly halted and a disaster was averted. Collier's personal experience of the dangers of laying mines led to his invention of a high-level technique that also saved many lives. By the time he moved on to India in 1945 as Deputy Director of Combined Ops, John Collier had been involved in most of the major initiatives of the bomber war. His unpublished memoir of B Ops 1 and his own logbooks and letters home give direct authority to the first ever authorised biography of this remarkable flyer, one of the most significant - if unsung - young officers of the war
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Group Captain John 'Joe' Collier, DSO DFC and Bar : the authorized biography of the Bomber Commander, Air War and SOE Strategist and Dambuster Planner, Simon Gooch, (electronic resource)
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 253-254) and index
Control code
OCM1bookssj0001537631
Dimensions
24 cm
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
xiv, 258 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates
Governing access note
License restrictions may limit access
Isbn
9781473827516
Lccn
2016304100
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Electronic reproduction. Palo Alto, Calif. : ebrary, 2015. Available via World Wide Web. Access may be limited to ebrary affiliated libraries.
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remote
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(WaSeSS)ssj0001537631
Label
Group Captain John 'Joe' Collier, DSO DFC and Bar : the authorized biography of the Bomber Commander, Air War and SOE Strategist and Dambuster Planner, Simon Gooch, (electronic resource)
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 253-254) and index
Control code
OCM1bookssj0001537631
Dimensions
24 cm
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
xiv, 258 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates
Governing access note
License restrictions may limit access
Isbn
9781473827516
Lccn
2016304100
Note
Electronic reproduction. Palo Alto, Calif. : ebrary, 2015. Available via World Wide Web. Access may be limited to ebrary affiliated libraries.
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(WaSeSS)ssj0001537631

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