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Beware of the Dog at War: Operational Diary of 49 Squadron Spanning Forty Nine Years, 1916-1965 Paperback – Dec 1997

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  • Paperback: 560 pages
  • Publisher: Jote Publications (Dec. 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0953225208
  • ISBN-13: 978-0953225200
  • Product Dimensions: 24.6 x 18 x 3.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,579,254 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Possibly the best Sqdn history that your editor has seen"
"Possibly the best Sqdn history that your editor has seen"

The above is a quote from Oliver Clutton-Brock's review of this book when he was the editor of the Bomber Command Association Newsletter. See Issue No.35 April 1998 for full review.

This book is self published by the Author, John Ward and myself, who put it together and arranged the printing.

It has 558 10"x5" pages and contains some 200 photographs and illustrations together with an index to all known personnel in the photographs.

The main content is in monthly diary form and covers all operations, lists casualties, awards & decorations and other relevant information during World War II.

Throughout the book are personal anecdotes and stories from the survivors of the period as well as reports that were made at the time and have been researched from various archives and sources. It also contains a very brief summary of pre-war activities and a not so brief summary covering the 20 years post war up to disbandment in 1965.

It will appeal to anyone remotely connected to the Squadron as well as all aviation enthusiats and researchers.

It is also now available on CD Rom with the addition of the complete Roll Of Honour with all known information of the 907 personnel who "Failed to return" or died of the injuries received in their course of duty.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 13 Feb. 2002
Format: Paperback
The title is based on the Latin motto of No 49 Sqn Royal Air Force and gives a moving account this Sqns part in the defence of freedom and the right for individual nations to exist.
The book is an unofficial history of the Sqn from the early days in 1916 through WW2 and the first of the V-bombers, the Valiant, to disbandment in 1965.
The mainstay of the book is the War years and the focus is on the day to day life on a bomber sqn. The sorties in to Lincoln with the crew to forget the previous nights raids. The losses of complete crews on their first mission before anyone got to know them. The neverending support of the ground crews and stn personnel who worked tirelessly to provide the aircraft for the operations and the loyalty and comradship of those young men who took the fight to the enemy. Brave men from all walks of life with one aim to fight for freedom and with one over riding wish, the wish to see the next day. Many tragically did not and, for those whose did not survive and whose bodies were never recovered, their names live on and are remembered on the Runnymede Memorial.
This book provides a graphical account of the fears, loves and friendships of those
who flew those hazardous missions and a realisation that they were just ordinary people like you and me. It is an important reminder of the price of freedom and when one sees the average age of those flying, a realisation that the youth of the nation can overcome adversity and unite. Could they do it today? As I serve in the Royal Air Force I say yes, the same spirt is as strong as ever.
As I live in the County from which the Sqn flew, it brought a new insight to what it must have been like during the War years. The sound of heavy bombers clawing into the sky, heavily leaden with bombs and fuel.
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By bomber123 on 4 April 2014
Format: Paperback
I originally got this from the library and then purchased it for family reference. I got as my Great Uncle was a member of the Squadron who was KIA, and this helped a little to put into perspective the idea that the Light & Medium Bombers they started with were soon replaced and welcomed.
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