A classic autobiography by the best known Second World War Fleet Air Arm pilot. A story of real life adventure, action and heroism.
Commander Charles Lamb fought an exceptional war flying the slow and obsolete Fairey Swordfish for the Fleet Air Arm. It was an antiquated machine, but it could outmanoeuvre almost any other aircraft, and in Charles Lamb's hands, the 'Stringbag' - as the torpedo bomber was affectionately known - was a deadly weapon.
Charles Lamb fought in the thick of the action. This is his story, from the first day of war as a Lieutenant on board Courageous, to the accident aboard Implacable in action against the Japanese in June 1945 which ended his war.
A rare account of determination, action and spirit by a man who was an inspiration to those around him.
An epic account of a legendary aircraft and the men who flew in it...his peronsal courage, determination and resilience shine through every page and stand as an inspiration for all who serve in today's FAA - NAVY NEWS
Charles Lamb was born in 1914, and went to sea as an apprentice with the Clan Line in 1930. He later served as a Midshipman in the RNR , and joined the RAF in 1935 to learn to fly. He transferred to the Fleet Air Arm in 1938, flew throughout the war, and was given a permanent commission in 1945. He remained active in naval and public affairs until his death in 1981.