The story of a Fleet Air Arm pilot’s training and service with 857 Squadron in the British Pacific Fleet
by Mike Roussel
This is an account of ‘The Forgotten Fleet’ who, long after Britain had celebrated VE Day in May 1945, continued in deadly combat with the Japanese throughout the Pacific War.
It is also the personal story of Sub. Lt. (A) Geoffrey Eaton Wright, as told to Mike Roussel over many long hours in conversation.
Geoffrey Wright joined the Royal Navy as an Ordinary Seaman in 1942, and encouraged by his Divisional Officer, transferred to the Fleet Air Arm to become a pilot. After training at HMS St Vincent, Portsmouth, he passed out as an Acting Leading Naval Airman. He then travelled to the USA for Primary and Advanced flight training, given by instructors from the United States Navy. After intensive flight training in the USA, he returned with 857 Squadron Fleet Air Arm to the UK for final training before sailing with his squadron to join the British Pacific Fleet to support the USA in the Pacific.
Mike Roussel brings the meticulous research of an historian to this book, providing fascinating detail and unique photographs about a little recorded part of the Second World War.