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SQUADRON AIRBORNE Mass Market Paperback – 12 Oct 1968


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  • Mass Market Paperback
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books (12 Oct. 1968)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345210654
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345210654
  • Product Dimensions: 17.2 x 10.7 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,994,993 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 23 Nov. 2003
Format: Hardcover
This is a first rate novel about the Battle of Britain. Not only does it recognise the contribution of the "Few" who took on the Luftwaffe over the skies of Southern England, it also recognises the contribution of the "erks", the frequently unsung fitters and riggers who worked long hours to keep the pilots in the sky and in the fight.
The level of detail is amazing. Two instances of this are the accuracy with which Mr Trevor describes the running up of the Spitfire's Merlin engine to test the magnetos and the use of an ice pick to centre up the Spitfires 's cowling fasteners. The latter I don't recall seeing mentioned anywhere else and yet my late father recalled that his ice pick was one of the most useful items in his tool-box.
Squadron Airborne was one of the few novels about the RAF and the Battle of Britain in particular my father considered to be completely authentic and he knew about such things - he was there.
A splendid book worth reading by anyone with an interest in the RAF and it's magnificent achievement in the Battle of Britain.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By F. Barnard on 2 Feb. 2009
Format: Hardcover
For anyone seeking an authentic whiff of what it was like to be on a fighter station in 1940, this novel will do it. The action is unrelenting (in the best sense), the detail precise and the dialogue rings so true, reminding older readers (like me) how much has changed about the way we talk to each other, and how much has been forgotten. As the previous reviewer has pointed out, it also recognises the essential contribution to victory made by the often-unrecognised ground-crew. My only, very slight criticism is that you enter the thoughts of many pilots and 'erks' without, at first, being aware of who they are. But a minor carp in an otherwise terrific read, published in 1955 but reading as though it was written yesterday.
I've always admired Elleston Trevor's style, pace & meticulous research since I read Challenge Of The Firebrand, a book for boys about motor-racing, when I was fourteen. None of your fantasy dragons and wacky wizards there. Just a beguiling yarn about lads who build a world-beating racing car on a island in a lake; well all right, fantasy, yes but at the time I imagined it was quite possible.
Trevor (real name Trevor Dudley-Smith) also went to the same public school as me, and when he died in 1995 the obit said he was the pupil who hated it most. My brother commented:' That's odd. I always thought you were.' So I feel a certain fellow-feeling towards a true professional whose output, in terms of quality as well as quantity, puts many contemporary authors in the shade.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Peter Tabb on 9 Jan. 2012
Format: Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase
Squadron Airborne by Elleston Trevor, published within two decades of the end of World War II, is, in my opinion, one of the best war novels I have ever read and certainly such a good history of the Battle of Britain that is it understandable that the US version I recently purchased has a foreword for teachers and parents The author captures the period with an exactitude which allows the reader to feel a very real concern (even though we know the outcome) for the characters who are both real and very human. The author captures the ethos that it is not heroes who win or lose in war, it is people. Superbly realistic and one work which every historian of the period should read.

Peter Tabb
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Colin Harding-mutter on 28 Dec. 2009
Format: Hardcover
i first read this book many years ago i served in the R.A.F. and found the book very true to life. It is still as fresh today as it was when it first released.
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In my view one of the best wartime novels ever written. Realistic, funny and poignant it is difficult to put down once started.
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