Lincolnshire aviation historian and author Patrick Otter has recently seen the publication of his latest book, ‘1 Group: Swift to Attack.’
The book tells the story of Bomber Command’s Unsung Heroes - men who were part of the huge bomber fleet assembled in North Lincolnshire during the Second World War.
It follows 1 Group from the day it was reformed in 1940, from the shattered remnants of a handful of Fairey Battle squadrons, through to the end of the war, by which time it had become the most powerful single element in Britain’s armed forces.
In the intervening years, 1 Group expanded from a few scattered airfields in Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire and Yorkshire to be entirely based in North Lincolnshire.
Its squadrons included a host of multi-national squadrons, together with a number of German Jews, who flew under assumed names with the top-secret 101 Squadron at Ludford.
And the book tells the story of 1 Group largely through the words of those who flew with its squadrons.
Over the last 25 years, the author has interviewed and corresponded with scores of former Bomber Command aircrew and the book is illustrated with hundreds of photographs from those Lincolnshire airfields - many of which have never been published before.
Patrick Otter was born in Gainsborough, the son of a Lancaster navigator killed over Berlin six months before he was born.
He was educated at Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School in the town and spent his entire working life as a journalist in the county.
He is the author of numerous books on RAF history including the highly successful Lincolnshire Airfields in the Second World War.