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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Pen & Sword Aviation (16 Oct. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844158233
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844158232
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 16.5 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 863,931 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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One has to be impressed by the sheer variety of experiences recounted by the men who flew this remarkable aircraft, and full of admiration for them, especially for those who were flying the unarmed versions of the aircraft deep over German territory. - History of War Website --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By G. M. Brown on 9 Mar. 2009
Format: Hardcover
Odd title as the book includes a chapter on the Burma theatre. However, Martin Bowman has written a prodigious number of books on the air war in World War 2 including several about the Mosquito already so finding a new title might be difficult. Several previous books have included a lot of lists of missions, which, whilst representing an impressive amount of research, can make for pretty tedious reading. This one is better with a liberal sprinkling of first hand recollections of Mosquito crew including the often neglected photo-reconnaissance missions.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Lady Ava Hay on 29 May 2013
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I love the Mosquito and have seen one close up at Hatfield in the early sixties. This book is not quite the definitive work that I was hoping for. There were rather too many repetitions and I began to wonder whether this was a compilation of other people's efforts rather than a researched volume.

Nevertheless this book does represent a comprehensive list of the operational life of the Mosquito in WW2 and beyond with some valuable insight into the character of the people who flew them. It also brought into sharp focus the extreme danger of flying in the years before D Day. it also recounted the well documented failure of the Mosquito in tropical climates which appears in one paragraph of this book to be discounted as untrue but does later admit that apparent structural failure was three times higher in the Mosquito in this theatre.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Richard on 12 April 2013
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Found this book is a fascinating read. Interesting to read about the pilots and navigators that flew the Mosquito during World War 2. Some good descriptive passages about low level attacks and reconnaissance missions. Would definitely recommend to readers interested in World War 2 aviation.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Steven Hawking's Running Shoes on 4 April 2014
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While this appears to be well researched, there is no discernible narrative. The odd vignette from former aircrew aside, the book appears to be a rather dull recitation of facts presented with all the flair and passion of the Saturday afternoon football results, focusing on which aircraft and crews were lost with little description of what they accomplished. I struggled with, then eventually gave up during the first chapter. I flicked through the later ones to see if there was any likely improvement, then promptly deleted it from my iPad to free up the space for something more worthwhile.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By John Atkinson on 16 Feb. 2013
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I feel that this book succeeds in conveying the experience of what it was like to take part in flying operations with the Mosquito aircraft. The many accounts are vivid and detailed and contain the sort of facts needed to get one into the cockpit and flying the machine. The sounds and smells are recounted as well as operational details of exactly how targets were attacked, altitudes, approach and navigational details, etc. There is also a lot of detail concerning the various problems of flying with Merlin engines and nursing damaged planes back to a friendly airfield. All in all, an excellent account of what it was really like.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 8 Feb. 2014
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It is turgid and almost unreadable. I was very disappointed. I gave up and did not finish the book. This was a shame since it was well researched.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nikkixxx on 21 Jan. 2014
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An in-depth look at all combat operations for this amazing aircraft! This is a book for the more informed reader...it gets a bit stuck in the facts and figures of combat operations which gets repetitive. There is little "boys own" descriptive but some of the pilots memories although brief are interesting. There are copious notes that must be read in conjunction with the main text otherwise you don't get the fuller picture. As good book but hard going in some sections.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Harry Dell on 22 Sept. 2013
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I have just started reading books that are about WWII and in particular the RAF .
I had heard of the mosquito but knew nothing about it, I didn't realize that it played such an important part in the combat arena.
I recommend that anyone interested in the history of the RAF or WW11 should read the book, I promise you will find it hard to put down.
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