Ron Mackay? interest in WWII aviation commenced during that war. The local Coastal Command airfield at Wick, Scotland, provided a wealth of RAF and USAAF designs to stimulate his enthusiasm; postwar National Service sustained the interest. In addition, a working knowledge of the German language subsequently extended his field of study to the Luftwaffe, with specific reference to nocturnal operations? relevant choice, since his uncle flew and survived operations with Lancasters of No. 49 Squadron, RAF Bomber Command. The latter activity led to regular visits to Luftwaffe reunions, with much valuable personal anecdotes and technical information garnered. To date, nearly thirty books, several of them coauthored, have been brought out, while on current hand are contracts for a further number of RAF and Luftwaffe titles.

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