Black Thursday Booklets

All profits from the sales of these booklets go to the RAF Pathfinders Archive. 

The night of 16/17 December 1943, afterwards known as Black Thursday, saw the worst RAF bad weather losses of the whole war. A heavy fog caused severe problems for home-coming aircraft and there were multiple fatal crashes. Amongst the dead were 50 Pathfinder aircrew.

Our two commemorative booklets create an unforgettably vivid picture of the dramatic events of that night. These are high quality booklets, each being 28pp, lavishly illustrated with many previously unpublished photographs.

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Ernest Deverill – “A Knight of the Air” – one of the most tragic losses of 16/17 December 1943 was the death of Ernest Deverill and six of his crew in an accident caused by fog and the shut-down of all the engines on his Lancaster when his petrol ran out. This is a brief biography of the outstanding pilot who won the DFM, the DFC twice, and the Air Force Cross, and who flew on both the Augsburg and Le Creusot daylight raids.

Price including postage (UK) – £7.00

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Price including postage (Overseas) £9.00   

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The Mass RAF Funerals at Cambridge – an illustrated account of the extraordinary mass funerals at Cambridge City Cemetery on 22 December 1943 when 20 Pathfinders, most of them Canadians and Australians, were buried in a single row. The photographs here of the Pathfinder ceremonies conjure up an unforgettable impression of that very sad day.

Price including postage (UK) – £7.00
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Price including postage (Overseas) – £9.00
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DISCOUNTED PRICE FOR BOTH BOOKLETS

Price including postage (UK) – £12.00

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Price including postage (Overseas) £15.00   

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ALTERNATIVE PAYMENT & ORDERING METHODS

  • by Postal Order or Cheque made out to RAF PATHFINDERS ARCHIVE and sent to our registered office: Pathfinder Office, The Pennys, Winforton, Herefordshire HR3 6EA.
  • by BACS transfer – for further details, please email us on: info@raf-pathfindersarchive.com or use the CONTACT page.
  • from Waterstones online bookshop on these links: Ernest Deverill or Funerals at Cambridge