- Hardcover: 192 pages
- Publisher: Grub Street Publishing; First Edition edition (September 18, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1898697043
- ISBN-13: 978-1898697046
- Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1 x 9.8 inches
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ENSOR'S ENDEAVOUR Hardcover – September 18, 2008
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About the Author
Orange was born in 1935, in Shildon, County Durham and was educated at St. Mary's Grammar School, in Darlington, and at Hull University. Orange served in the Royal Air Force from 1953 to 1956. In 1962 he went to live in New Zealand and taught History at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch until he retired in 2002. His influence as an air power scholar is well known. His former students include prominent United Kingdom scholars Dr Joel Hayward and Dr Christina Goulter as well as Dr Adam Claasen of Massey University and Dr Andrew Conway of King's College London. Orange is married to Sandra, and has a stepdaughter Sarah.
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Enlisting in the RNZAF in June 1940, Ensor eventually found himself flying Blenheims with 500 Squadron a year later. Thankfully, the woefully inadequate Bristol bomber was soon replaced by the rugged Lockheed Hudson bomber which bristled with machine guns and carried a lethal loadout of bombs or depth charges. Ensor, an aggressive yet analytical pilot, notched up the first U-boat attack by a 500 Squadron crew in April 1942. Transferred to the Med, he sank U-458 on 15 November 1942. Ensor's depth charges, dropped at ultra-low level, almost destroyed his aircraft. Flying a fatally damaged aircraft, Ensor nursed it back to Allied territory where the crew bailed out; two died. Ensor was soon on his way to Coastal Command HQ where he helped develop more effective tactics and weapons to use against the U-boats. By July 1943 he was back on the sharp end, this time flying B-24s with 224 Squadron in the U.K. On 5 May 1945, he sank U-579. Postwar he flew Avro Yorks in Transport Command, Coastal Command Neptunes and Shackletons and held various staff positions. Sadly, Ensor's postwar career was marred by problems with alcoholism.
Author Vincent Orange does a fine job of bringing Ensor's story to life. The narrative benefits from Orange having the full cooperation of Ensor, his family and some of his squadronmates. The portrait that emerges from this Grub Street volume is one of an aggressive, determined, skillful and well-respected individual and combat pilot. The book is illustarted with rare photographs from the family's archives.
Coastal Command has never gotten the credit it deserved for the important role it played in the Allied victory. Orange's book goes far in redressing that wrong, highlighting, as it does, the outstanding achievements of one of the Command's best aircraft commanders. Recommended.