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The RAF Pathfinders: Bomber Command's Elite Squadron (Aviation)

The RAF Pathfinders: Bomber Command's Elite Squadron (Aviation) [Kindle Edition]

Martyn Chorlton
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The formation of the Pathfinder Force in August 1942 produced a steady but certain change in the fortunes of Bomber Command. During the early years of the war, aerial photographs showed that less than one third of the aircraft were successfully placing their bombs with accuracy. There was a basic lack of navigational skills, as well as what came to be known in the RAF as the will to 'Press On'. These shortcomings were addressed, and the special force of elite aircrew, the Pathfinder squadrons, whose purpose was to locate targets and mark them, proved indispensible to the success of the RAF’s overall bombing campaign. Led by the inspirational and imaginative Don Bennett, Pathfinders were equipped with the best available aircraft, which included the famous Lancaster bomber and later, increasingly, the Mosquito. To join a Pathfinder squadron (all crewmen were volunteers) was a rare privilege but with it went a huge leap in the likelihood of being shot down. Pathfinder aircraft led the way for their following bomber force in hazardous raid after raid. They were highly vulnerable to the wall of flak thrown up by German city defenders, as well as to attacks by night-fighters; and it took a full 25 minutes to run the gauntlet of the Berlin defences from end to end at full stretch. By the end of the war, some 56,000 crewmen of Bomber Command had lost their lives. Martyn Chorlton has written a gripping account of the RAF’s Pathfinder squadrons, recalling the often reckless heroism of the young aircrew and the challenges they faced in the smoke-filled skies over occupied Europe. His book also contains a moving foreword by Michael Wadsworth, chaplain to the Pathfinders Association.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3080 KB
  • Print Length: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Countryside Books (6 Nov 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00A2RS4EA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #207,671 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
If you've ever spent any time in East Anglia, or even more Cambridgeshire / Huntingdonshire, you'll know that you can barely go five or ten miles in any direction without stumbling upon an old bomber airfield. Bomber command as a whole has been well documented over the last few years, and this book focuses on a group of aircrew who took the bravery of the Bomber Boys to a whole new level.Its well illustrated throughout with some fascinating photos, particularly the poignant view of cars parked at Downham Market whose owners had failed to return from ops, and chronologically goes through Pathfinder operations in considerable detail from the forces formation to disbandment. Details of simply unbelievable commitment and bravery - how the hell did these guys go out and do this night after night, week after week, fully aware of the incredible risk, it simply leaves you in awe.
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4.0 out of 5 stars about time 12 Dec 2012
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There's been little information on this subject until bomber command was finally publicly acknowledged for the part it played in ensuring success in WW2. The risks they took and the dangers they faced deserve to be understood in the same way as those faced by all other branches of the armed forces have been for years.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good read 27 Mar 2013
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Well written and researched about an interesting subject considering how much is written about other activities of Bomber Command. This was of particular interest to me as my Father was part of the Pathfinders stationed at Little Staughton
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