‘Coastal Dawn’ also includes Battle of Britain Jamaican Pilot Officer Herbert Capstick
by Andy Bird, author ‘Coastal Dawn’
Dear Barbados Free Press,
Pilot Officer Aubrey ‘Sinbad’ Inniss – of No 236 Squadron in 1940 will feature in a forthcoming book entitled “Coastal Dawn” to be published this July 2012, by Grub Street Publishing, London.
“Coastal Dawn” will also feature the only Jamaican to take part in the Battle of Britain, Pilot Officer Herbert Capstick also flying with No 236 Squadron.
From Amazon.com booksite
In 1940, the defence of Great Britain rested with a handful of volunteer aircrew, Churchill’s ‘few’. Overshadowed in later folklore by the more famous Spitfire and Hurricane pilots, there were other pilots, observers and air gunners – just as courageous – flying the Bristol Blenheim MKIV-F. The future of the country and arguably that of the free world depended also on their skill, morale and sacrifice. Remarkably little has been chronicled of these men and their aircraft – the ‘Trade Protection’ squadrons formed by Hugh Dowding – allotted to 11 Group in October 1939. The aircraft’s range and endurance made it suitable for defence of coastal shipping against attack on the southern and eastern shores of Britain, and for operations further afield. Indeed during bitter fighting casualties among Numbers 235, 236, 248 and 254 Squadron Blenheims were high on operations over Norway, Holland, France, Dunkirk and then the Battle of Britain where the Blenheims were completely outclassed by Messerschmitt 109 and 110 fighters and fell easy victims, scythed from the sky. But the record of the aircraft and their crew was an immensely proud one. Drawing on contemporary diaries, periodicals, letters, logbooks, memoirs and interviews with survivors, lauded historian Andy Bird reassesses the vital role they played and repositions it in history. In doing so, he justifiably embraces the heroes we have left behind.
About the Author, Andrew D. Bird
Born in Berkshire, England in 1962 , like many of his friends, Andrew had only one ambition during his school years, and that was to fly fast jets with the Air Force. At the age of 13 he was enrolled into the Air Cadets during which time he became friends with MRAF Sir Arthur ‘Bert’ Harris C-in-C RAF Bomber Command 1942-1945, leaving the Air Cadets in 1980. Andrew then served with the TAVR before joining the RAF Regiment. Andrew is an aviation artist as well, exhibiting his work at the Guild of Aviation Exhibition, London, his work has been shown in galleries in London, the Home Counties, and Toronto, Canada.
His first book ‘A Separate Little War’ reached the number three position in The Top Ten Best Sellers List in 2003 (Glasgow Herald & Daily Mail Weekend Magazine) it was reprinted twice in hardback. The author up-dated ‘A Separate Little War’ for the paperback edition 2008.
Blenheim Mk IV photo courtesy of Wikipedia