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The Cinderella Service: RAF Coastal Command 1939-1945 Hardcover – 16 Mar 2006


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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Leo Cooper Ltd; 1st edition (16 Mar 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844153460
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844153466
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 17.1 x 24.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 252,601 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Andrew Hendrie has had several books published on WWII aviation including The Hudson and The Sunderland. He served in Coastal Command from 1939 and flew operationally from 1942 to 1945. This book is based on a thesis that he completed for a PhD just prior to his recent death.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Don Davis on 4 Mar 2014
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The author was part of it all whereas I wasn't even born at the time, so there's more than an element of lese majestie in someone like me presuming to comment on his work. Nevertheless the book disappointed me; though it was full of information, and he brought out strongly much of the politics and strategy behind the operation of Coastal, there was a distinct lack of human interest. There were flashes of it - such as where he mentions a Coastal pilot dropping a life-raft for the crew of the U-boat he'd just sunk - but dry tables of casualties really told me nothing about the men who served in Coastal, neither aircrew nor groundcrew; I wanted to know who they were, what life was like for them, and how they coped with the conditions and the risks - none of which were really touched on. Also the material seemed poorly organised - indeed it seemed at times that the author had so far lost track of the structure he'd planned that in places he wandred far away from the chapter headings and repeated points he'd already sufficiently established in earlier chapters, which became tedious. In summary, a book packed with information but without bringing the people to life.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By CJP0349 on 28 Sep 2013
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Although I found this book very interesting and enjoyed reading it, it reads exactly for what it is, a PhD thesis, full of facts and figures but very little in the way of human interest. I was looking for something more in keeping with the books cover, descriptions and stories of Coastal Commands actions against the enemy and an insight into the characters involved of which there is unfortunately very little.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Andy Hill on 7 Jun 2013
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The Cinderella Service-RAF Coastal Command 1939-1945 by Andrew Hendrie. Published by Pen & Sword 2006/10. ISBN 9781848842021

It's with some shame that it has taken over 65yrs before a truly competent & detailed publication has appeared about the exploits of RAF Coastal Command. It's more favoured kin of Fighter & Bomber Commands, have been almost exhaustively mined over the intervening decades, yet bar for the odd book here & there Coastal Commands efforts & history have been sidelined to a few sentences or notations. Hendrie's book will remain the unofficial history of Coastal Command for many a year, and it will fly that flag with pride, for such is the quality of Hendrie's work.

We see how Coastal Command grew from a motley collection of some 240 odd wholly unsuitable aircraft for the most part in 1939. To a large efficient machine of around 1000 modern aircraft, with many specialist features & missions to boot. The book is broken down into 9 chapters, with the first two covering aircraft types & weapons accordingly. We see how Coastal Command struggled to get the aircraft it required, especially in the face of determined opposition from Bomber Command and also to some extent Churchill himself. The early make do collection was gradually replaced by more usable types, able to perform the tasks asked of it. Weaponry, as in any war develops at a pace and that was no different here. The aerial depth charge being Coastal Commands prime weapon is discussed in some depth, along with torpedoes, rockets and guns. The author makes due note of the initiative shown by the men of 10 Sqn RAAF, who employed some 18 machine guns on some of there aircraft early in the war, before being reined in by the powers that be.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Val60 on 6 Nov 2013
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These books have been given to our grandsons on behalf of my father who is 97, as Christening presents so that one day they will learn what their great grandfather did in the war.
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Based on his PhD thesis this had the potential to be a very dry read, but in fact it is not.

A bit light on the technical developments of ASW, especially ASV radar - read it in conjunction with Alfred Price's "Instruments of Darkness".

Would also have benefited from more consideration of ASW in the Mediterranean and the Pacific but that is strictly outside of his remit and covered in his other books.

Nevertheless a good starting point for the missing history of RAF Coastal Command.
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