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'J' for Johnnie: An RAF Bomber Command Pilot's Experiences Flying Wellington & Mosquito Aircraft with 150 & 692 Squadrons During World War II Paperback – 14 Feb 2011


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  • Paperback: 150 pages
  • Publisher: Woodfield Publishing (14 Feb. 2011)
  • ISBN-10: 1846831067
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846831065
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1 x 20.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 77,153 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In this remarkable book, John Trotman DFC recalls his airborne exploits as a pilot with RAF Bomber Command during World War II.

In the course of 5½ years, he clocked up over 2,000 flying hours, completed two operational tours, flew 70 sorties and walked away from three crashes - an extraordinary record. His recollections of these missions, plus many other details of his activities at the time, combine to paint a vivid picture of the life of a wartime bomber pilot.

His first tour was with 150 Squadron, based at RAF Snaith in Yorkshire, flying a Vickers Wellington III (call-sign 'J' for Johnnie) to attack many German cities, including Cologne, Hamburg, Munich and Ludwigshafen. After a spell as a flying instructor at RAF Tilstock and RAF Peplow he volunteered for a second operational tour and was soon flying a de Havilland Mosquito VI with 692 Squadron, based at RAF Graveley in Cambridgeshire and part of the Pathfinder Force.

John's recollections contain elements to entertain a wide variety of readers: the technically-minded will enjoy his descriptions of the classic warplanes he flew, but there are also plenty of personal revelations and humorous stories to involve and entertain readers of all ages and persuasions.


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This review was dictated by my Father-In-Law, W. G. (Dick) Dawson who flew as Wireless Op in Wellingtons and Lancasters with Bomber Command.

"This book is well written with no embellishment, no 'padding' and no repetition. A nice easy read that is quite informative for readers with little or no knowledge of RAF procedures. Everything is clearly and interestingly explained.

Having successfully completed 70 Ops the author fully deserved his decorations and it is comforting to know that they are now back in his possession.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading his book."

'Dick' Dawson - Bramcote - Nottingham

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2 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A. R. Kirkham on 20 Oct. 2011
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The Book never arrived, and despite my chasing it, and being told it hadn't been ordered I was very much annoyed. This is totally unaceptable service, and something Amazon need to address. I am still awaiting its delivery, in the hope that it was only a "hiccup".

I will be interested to hear from Amazon, but I shall not be holding my breathe
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