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Cinderella Boys

Paperback / ISBN-13: 9781529319378

Price: £12.99

ON SALE: 23rd May 2024

Genre: Humanities / History / Military History

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‘Masterful’ David Price

‘McKinstry has done a fine job in rescuing Coastal Command from long neglect
‘ Richard Overy

The remarkable story of the unsung RAF wing who made Allied victory possible.

In 1943 Britain was engaged in an epic struggle for survival as deadly wolf packs of German U-boats roamed the Atlantic. In desperation, Churchill turned to an overlooked, underfunded force known as “The Cinderella Service”. Armed with long-range planes, depth charges, rocket projectiles and radar equipment, the Cinderella boys provided vital air defence. The German hunters became the hunted, and – in a stunning defeat – fully retreated by the summer.

The transformation of Coastal Command from a ramshackle outfit into a formidable organisation served as one of the turning points of the war. But they never received the credit they deserved. Based on a wealth of new sources, Leo McKinstry shines a light on the courageous pilots, ingenious scientists and political risktakers who defended the freezing Atlantic from Nazi rule.

‘Engrossing’ Brendan Simms


If any branch of Britain's armed force in the Second World War needs saving from an undeserved obscurity, it is RAF Coastal Command. McKinstry has done a fine job in rescuing it from long neglect
Richard Overy, author of BLOOD AND RUINS
A story as satisfying as it is utterly compelling
Duncan Campbell-Smith, author of JET MAN
An engrossing account of the huge, and often under-appreciated, contribution made by RAF Coastal Command to the defeat of Hitler's Reich
Brendan Simms, co-author of HITLER'S AMERICAN GAMBLE
Compelling. McKinstry's masterful grasp of his subject shines in this story of RAF Coastal Command. Detailed, readable and important
David Price, author of THE CREW and MOSQUITO MEN
The men of Coastal Command have long deserved a worthy monument to their amazing deeds. Leo McKinstry has provided it magnificently
Patrick Bishop, author of FIGHTER BOYS
Nick Rennison, Mail on Sunday