6 GROUP BOMBER COMMAND by Chris Ward
An Operational Record

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6 Group was born out of the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan (BCATP), which, among other things called for the formation of 25 Canadian Squadrons in Britain. This figure was later downsized. The Canadian vision was of a Canadian force operating independently alongside Bomber Command in the manner of the American 8th, but skillfull negotiating by the British resulted in Canadian Bomber squadrons operating within the RAF under RAF control but funded by Canada. On the 1st of January 1943 most of the existing RCAF squadrons were brought together on stations in North Yorkshire and County Durham to form 6 Group. By the end of the war 14 Squadrons were operational and one other had been posted to the Pathfinders. After an uncertain beginning the Group became an efficient and valuable contributor to Bomber Command's campaigns. Beginning predominantly with Wellingtons the Group was re-equipped with a mixture of Halifaxes and Lancasters, including the Hercules powered MkII and the Canadian built MKX.
 

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Ward has had Post-Waffle House Brawl exclusives with Kid Rock, told dirty jokes to Willie Nelson, and tangoed with the likes of Jimmy Eat World, Band of Horses, Girl Talk, Bright Eyes, "Nevermind" Producer Butch Vig, Interpol and many more. Weezer's Rivers Cuomo admitted to Ward that he probably could not beat him at Guitar Hero, and Weezer's Rivers Cuomo is definitely right on the money about that assumption. Ward has John Oates on speed-dial.
 
Published August 24, 2012 by Pen & Sword. 272 pages
Genres: History, Travel, War, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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