[ANONYMOUS]. History of No. 30 Squadron Royal Air Force. London, Printed by Macaire, Mould & Co. Ltd. 27 Crouch Hill, Finsbury Park, N. 4,[c. 1919].
8vo. Original red printed card wrappers; pp. 311, wrapper lightly faded, otherwise very good.
Very rare sole edition. '30 Squadron served in the Middle East theatre in the Great War after being formed from different Flights in England, Egypt and Mesopotamia … The squadron helped supply the besieged garrison at Kut -al-Asmara, dropping supplies by parachute. It also fell victim to the capitulation of General Townshend’s army at Kut, where many of its records were lost … The squadron finally gained air superiority over the Turks, who were equipped with German Fokker and Albatros aircraft, when they were re-equipped with B.E2Cs, Voisins, and later with 120 Martinsydes. The desert climate presented special difficulties for flying, including dust storms, engines overheating, and warping of spars and propellors, but the squadron maintained daily patrols despite such arduous problems. After re-entrenching following the fall of Kut on April 29th 1916, the British went over to the offensive in December 1916, and by mid-March 1918 the Turks had been cleared from the Tigris and Baghdad had fallen. 30 Squadron supported the offensive with reconaissance, bombing and other combat missions' (promotional text for the Imperial War Museum's reprint of an original Air Ministry Historical Branch manuscript by Major J.Everidge, R.A.F., titled History of No.30 Squadron RAF. Egypt and Mesopotamia 1914 to 1918). We assume the rarity of this publication is due to its suppression by the War Office, as the subject it describes in detail, including bombing in the Middle East, something which was going on right up to the early thirties, and the tactics therof, had to be kept secret.
We were able to locate a single copy only, at the Australian War Memorial.