About the Author

derekempson
Derek Empson
derekempson
Blurbarian Since May 2011
Name Derek Empson
My Web Site http://www.far-east-flyingboats.com
Location Knutsford, Cheshire, England
Gender Male
My Occupation Royal Air Force Group Captain Navigator and Staff Officer (now retired)
My Bio I have now written five books of which three - those describing our travels in the Far East, Australia and New Zealand and the latest about a week's holiday in Norfolk, England - were written and illustrated jointly with my wife, Margaret. On military aviation subjects I have written two books. The Blurb Book is entitled, "Sunderland Mark V". In November 2011, I updated this to its 2nd Edition. It contains 88 photographs taken by me of the exterior and interior including all crew stations and their equipment in Sunderland Mark V ML796, at Duxford Imperial War Museum. This flying boat saw long service with the RAF and many other nations. My photo captions describe the aircraft's and crew's equipment in great detail. My other Military Aviation book, published by Pen & Sword in 2010, is entitled, "Sunderland over Far Eastern Seas", a personal account of flying as Navigator of RAF Sunderland flying boats in the Far East in the 1950s on operations over the Yellow Sea during the Korean War

Things I Don't Mind The World Knowing

Spoiler alert: I'm thinking my next book will be about...
I've just up-dated into its 2nd Edition, my book entitled "Sunderland Mark V". In the 2nd Edition, I've expanded the captions of most of the photographs to satisfy the curiosity of aviation enthusiasts and to provide an even more complete record of this aircraft, as seen by one who flew as a navigator in them for three years. I don't know of any two other books - this one and "Sunderland over Far Eastern Seas", that provide such a first-hand account of operating in this historic flying boat.
This book is addictive. Read it. (At your own risk.)
Serving and former RAF aircrew and Ground-crew - and their off-spring - reading "Sunderland Mark V" will find out or be reminded why flying boats were such an unforgettable experience for those who flew them, and those who helped to keep them in the air! Look for "Sunderland over Far Eastern Seas" on website: http://www.far-east-flyingboats.com. That book, and "Sunderland Mark V", will tell and show you everything you want to know about the Sunderland and how it was operated.