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D-DAY - JOWETT, H A , Obs /Cdr , M B E
Seaborne: An account of the activities of the volunteers from Group 8 during their period of service with the Royal Navy as Aircraft Identifiers, May-July 1944.
Leeds: Royal Observer Corps No. 8 Group HQ., [1944]. Leeds: Royal Observer Corps No. 8 Group HQ.,, [1944]. Octavo. Original paper covered. boards, SEABORNE "shoulder flash" to front board and spine. Group portrait frontispiece, captioned with identifications. A little rubbed, particularly so on the spine, slight lean, light browning, a very good copy. First and only edition, rare, just a single copy at IWM traced. This copy inscribed by the author: "H.P. Capel With Christmas Greetings 1944 H.A. Jowett." During the Normandy Landings a number of members of the ROC served as volunteers on board Royal Navy and US Navy ships: these men were temporarily entered into the RN and wore their ROC uniform with a Naval armband & shoulder flash 'Seaborne.' This rare account of their experiences, compiled by No. 8 Group commander and including reproductions of official correspondence alongside the personal experiences of some of their number aboard RN and American Liberty Ships off the coast of France, notably at Omaha and Utah beaches. Originally marked SECRET on the front cover, and on various pages throughout, but these markings have been neatly (and evidently contemporaneously) scored through in black ink, but there is also one two-line redaction in the text, heavily over-inked. Includes roll of members of No. 8 Group who took an active part in SEABORNE operations (27 men) and two who acted as liaison officers at the ports of embarkation. Rare account of this little known aspect of the D Day landings.
Bookseller: Peter Harrington [United Kingdom]
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