9781910690147

Forever Vigilant

Naval 8/208 Squadron RAF – A Centenary of Service from 1916 to 2016

Graham Pitchfork

£25.00

208 Squadron based at RAF Valley in Anglesey will be celebrating its 100th anniversary in October 2016, making it one of the few RAF squadrons to achieve this unique distinction whilst still part of the RAF’s current order of battle. To celebrate this achievement, Air Commodore Pitchfork has compiled a chronological history of the squadron’s main activities and personnel with the aim of illustrating the spirit, comradeship, and professionalism of the squadron.

Format: Hardback
Extent: 224 pages
Dimensions: 240 x 170 mm
ISBN: 9781910690147.
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Publication Date: 01 April 2016

208 Squadron based at RAF Valley in Anglesey will be celebrating its 100th anniversary in October 2016, making it one of the few RAF squadrons to achieve this unique distinction whilst still part of the RAF’s current order of battle. To celebrate this achievement, Air Commodore Pitchfork has compiled a chronological history of the squadron’s main activities and personnel with the aim of illustrating the spirit, comradeship, and professionalism of the squadron.

Taking its title from the squadron’s motto, ‘Vigilant’, the book starts with the formation of Naval 8 as a scout squadron on the Western Front during the First World War. It then continues through the various conflicts that Naval 8/208 Squadron has played a key role in, including the Second World War and Gulf War. The unit’s move to Egypt in the inter-war years as an army co-operation squadron, which inspired the Gizah Sphinx motif for 208 Squadron, is also covered. Its modern-day role as an advanced flying training squadron concludes the story.

This history has been written with the use of important sources from the squadron’s archives, along with interviews from veterans and current members of the squadron. It also has the support of 208’s Old Comrade’s Association, which was pioneered and fostered by its first CO, Air Vice-Marshal Sir Geoffrey Bromet. The association is very active and one of the longest serving and strongest associations within the RAF.

Graham Pitchfork

Graham Pitchfork served in the RAF as a navigator for 36 years and retired as an air commodore in 1995.  Most of his flying was on the Buccaneer and before retiring he was a Director of Intelligence in the MOD.  He has written ten books and many articl …

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2 reviews for Forever Vigilant

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    ‘There’s an awful lot of history for the author to cover and he has made a very good job of it, giving balanced coverage to each phase of the squadron’s existence and providing useful insights to the nature of the operations undertaken.

    The information is presented in a very clear and readable way and is supposed by a large number of illustrations. This is as good a unit history as any so far published. This book will, undoubtedly, be the definitive work on an important, but often neglected, subject, and, as such, is well worth having on your bookshelf.’ – Cross & Cockade, Summer 2016: Vol. 4, Iss. 72.

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    ‘Though the majority of this work does not cover our time period, [Forever Vigilant] makes for interesting and informative reading as it covers its role throughout the rest of the war. The book then goes on, in chronological order, to provide a full and detailed history of the unit up to its centenary in 2016. First-rate history. 10/10‘ – written by MM for The Great War, July 2016: Issue 86.

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