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Beaufort-RAF
07-13-2005, 08:05 AM
I€ve just read the english translation of an interesting book called <span class="ev_code_YELLOW">Blockade Runners </span> by Lars-Axel Nilsson & Leif A. Sandberg, about the air link between Sweden & Britain during the war.

It€s mainly covers the flights operated by ABA, who flew DC3€s to Scotland, carrying passengers, mail and ball bearings.

Unfortunately they were often attacked by the Luftwaffe and two were shot down. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-sad.gif

Later in the war they flew rebuilt & civilianised Flying Fortresses that had force landed in Sweden.

The British side is also told, most interesting being the civil Mosquitoes used on the route, which transported VIP€s in the bomb bay! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_eek.gif

There€s other stuff covered as well, like the early days of Swedish aviation, secret flights to Moscow and a lot about the difficult position Sweden was in, caught between the Germans and the allied powers.

F19_Ob
07-13-2005, 03:20 PM
Thanks for posting.

Although I'm part Swedish and part Finnish I'm still fairly unfamiliar with Swedens role in the war.
i'm slowly catching up though.

There is an interesting book, only in swedish so far I think, "N¶dlandning" (= Emergencylanding) wich refers to all the foreign planes, Allied and axis, wich Emergencylanded in Sweden for various reasons.
It contains a few interesting accounts with allied pilots and a lot of info and photos about the planes and what happened to some of them and an interesting piece of history that cant be learned from Swedish schoolbooks.
My hometown rebro got a visit from some B24 Liberators wich is perhaps the most interesting thing that happened here since the 16th century. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif