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Night Fighter Over Germany: Flying Beaufighters and Mosquitoes in World War 2 (Pen & Sword Aviation) [Hardcover]

Graham White
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
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16 Nov 2006 Pen & Sword Aviation
These are the highly evocative wartime memoirs of a young NCO pilot who's operational experience was with Beaufighters and Mosquitoes flying in the long-range night-fighter role. It is not a gung-ho account of daring-do, but a 'warts and all' story of what life was really like in that time of international crisis. No punches are pulled when the author experienced badly designed and dangerous aircraft, such as the Merlin-engined Beaufighter that was almost impossible to fly and killed many pilots during training, nor are the blinding errors made by those staff officers who conceived impossible tasks and operations which these young airmen were ordered to fly and survive. Threaded into a fascinating story of flying with the then leading-edge electronic technology, are the entirely human tales of nights out on the town, when stressed crews could relieve the stress of combat. Some hilarious accounts of wild nights on the ground blend comfortably with the dark skies over Europe and the endless search for the invisible Luftwaffe who were tasked with the destruction of Allied heavy bombers

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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Pen & Sword Aviation; First Edition edition (16 Nov 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844154718
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844154715
  • Product Dimensions: 2.1 x 16.7 x 23.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 588,018 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Fun and Games in WW2 28 July 2009
Format:Hardcover
A very misleading title, the Author seemed to spend little time in a " Night Fighter over Germany" should be titled "Laughs with the RAF"
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A Waste of Money 18 Mar 2014
By Nick
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Rather disappointed very little flying or operational details mostly about what the author and his mates got up to in between flying,A few interesting facts but overall boring.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars dull 7 Mar 2014
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A bit of a long winded jokey look back at some jolly old capers and wizard japes. Almost completely devoid of any actual operational flying. There is virtually no action, he completes 30 plus missions over Germany but spends most of the book recounting drunken antics in the jolly old mess. Tedious and his 'humour' is a bit dated.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Read though not what it says on the tin 21 July 2014
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Night Fighter over Germany – Flying Beaufighters and Mosquitos in World War 2 – Graham White Completed 19 July 14
Some of the comments on Amazon regarding this book are critical as the Title does not reflect the content. This is a valid criticism as the book hardly touched on the Author’s 30+ operations flying as a Night Escort towards the end of the 2nd world war. Instead the book covers the life of an operational NCO pilot from his enlistment in 1941 to demob in 1950. The fact that the Author continued to fly after the war is a testament to his skill as a pilot so it is a shame that operational missions over Germany are not covered.
Nevertheless, the Author’s story is an interesting one. Sent to the USA for initial training he returned to the UK to find that unlike the rest of his course he did not go to a Bomber OTU (which likely saved his life) but to fly as a Staff pilot flying trainee Navigators in Avro Ansons in Northumberland. This sidetrack then took him to Night Fighter training which was carried out in Beaufighters before eventually arriving on a Mosquito squadron in 1944. As already mentioned there is little in here about operational sorties but there is a wealth of stories about the daily escapades of squadron aircrews during the war. These stories were at times laugh out loud and reminders of Service Humour including the fatalistic black humour still common today in the armed forces. At other times there are poignant reminders about just how dangerous even non-operational wartime flying was – stories Mosquitoes crashing during formation flying practice or Bomber Affiliation sorties or of Target towing aircraft simply vanishing over the North Sea.
If you want an action packed tale of Night Intruder work then this is not the book for you. If you want a great read and a good laugh then get yourself a copy.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Biggest disappointment ever 2 Dec 2008
Format:Hardcover
This book should be called what I got up to during the war. Very little aviation information or factual flying experiences and is more about where he went and what pubs he frequented and what high jinx they got up to. Just pays lip service to raids.The most disappointing book I have ever read and needs to be in the biography section not aviation history
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Book wasn't planned properly 1 May 2014
By W mills
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Initially it is a very interesting subject and the book starts well with a description of the training. However when the action starts the author skips over it, like either he wasn't there or he still thinks it is all secret. The result is he runs out of war to write about by half way through the book. So the second half is really appendix chapters tacked on the end to fill up the space.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A real pleasure. 15 April 2009
Format:Hardcover
An excellent story of the authors' life in the RAF. Humour in large doses, pleasingly understated heroics in the air, and above all a tale of life with a group of like-minded individuals with a common goal (whether that might be a certain mission, pub or WAAF). The book creates a vivid picture of station life in those days; the laughs, the tears, and the events. Well worth a read.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down! 12 Dec 2008
Format:Hardcover
"I have just ... completed reading your book, 'The Long Road to the Sky: Nightfighter Over Germany.' I couldn't put it down!

Not in a long time have I had the pleasure of reading a piece of writing that so entertained and informed, a tour de force...

Humorous, vivid, fast moving, delightful, sobering, poignant - these all describe your first rate manuscript... As a writer myself, I especially appreciate the work of talented people...

...three evenings of utter delight and fascination..."

The above, written by Thomas J Swenson, Wisconsin, USA, is a quote from an unsolicited letter received by author Graham White.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
a really well-written book,by a natural author.I thoroughly recommend that you read it and hope you enjoy th it as much as I have.
Published 4 days ago by mike sampson
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read
I loved this book. It's humour and honesty are a delight, and where ever the author is I'm sure there is laughter in the clouds.
Published 2 months ago by C. Jenkins
3.0 out of 5 stars Very amusing but.....
This is a very amusing book, written in a light hearted style, but whilst it tells us a lot about what the author did on the ground during his years of service in the RAF, there is... Read more
Published 2 months ago by John Halstead
4.0 out of 5 stars Night fighter over Germany
An amazing tale told in a humorous way (sometimes trying to be a little to funny). However nothing takes away from the sheer bravery of the author.
Published 2 months ago by er
3.0 out of 5 stars A bit of a disappointment
I hoped that this book would be about missions over Germany, but was all about the authors colleagues and squadrons, though quite funny in parts.
Published 2 months ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
Thoroughly enjoyable read. Laughed out loud several times. Not a lot of flying action, but is to be enjoyed nonetheless.
Published 3 months ago by Eamonn Mellon
1.0 out of 5 stars First class read
Thoroughly enjoyed the book, the author has the sense of humour that abounds in drawing offices nation wide as well as the RAF
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars Not what it purports to be by it's title
As other reviewers have said the title is a real misnomer.

Quarter of the book is training and how the author ended up on a night fighter squadron, quarter is post war... Read more
Published 3 months ago by DesdinovaUK
3.0 out of 5 stars Bit lacking in details of the actual operations
I enjoyed this book up to a point, having read it particularly because the author was from my home town. Read more
Published 4 months ago by steve wigley
4.0 out of 5 stars Night Fighter over Germany
Other reviewers have complained that this book talks too much to the author's non-flying exploits (much of it in bars) and not enough to ops. Read more
Published 4 months ago by jerryf
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