Phoenix Squadron HMS Ark Royal, Britain's Last Topguns and the Untold Story of Their Most Extraordinary Mission

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Publisher's Synopsis

January 1972: the tiny outpost of British Honduras is threatened with imminent invasion by battle-hardened, US-trained Guatemalan paratroops. Britain's response must be immediate and decisive. But there is only one deterrent the government can offer: HMS Ark Royal, once the Navy's most powerful warship, now a white elephant on the verge of being scrapped.

To save the small colony, she must launch a pair of Buccaneer fighter bombers on an unprecedented long-range mission. But first the old carrier must make a high-speed, 1,500 mile dash across the Atlantic towards the Gulf of Mexico. The odds of arriving in time are very slim indeed...

Drawing on extensive first-hand accounts and previously unseen, classified documents, Rowland White has pieced together one of the most audacious and thrilling missions of post-war British military history.

Book information

ISBN: 9780552152907
Publisher: Transworld
Imprint: Corgi Books
Pub date:
DEWEY: 972.8205
DEWEY edition: 22
Language: English
Number of pages: 523
Weight: 382g
Height: 198mm
Width: 126mm
Spine width: 30mm