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Upward and Onward: Life of Air Vice-Marshal John Howe CB, CBE, AFC

Upward and Onward: Life of Air Vice-Marshal John Howe CB, CBE, AFC [Kindle Edition]

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John Howe started his flying career in the postwar South African Air Force, learning to fly on Tiger Moths, Harvards and Spitfires. He was posted to No 2 Squadron SAAF and sent to Korea to fly with South Africa’s contribution to the war in support of the UN forces. There he flew the Mustang F-51D fighter-bombers in front-line action during his first tour. A second tour saw him with the US Infantry as a Forward Air Controller operating on the ground.

As the political situation in South Africa became more extreme he resigned from the SAAF and came to England where he was asked by the RAF to fly their first jet fighters and later instruct on Vampires, converting later to the Hunter and joined 222 Squadron at Leuchars. During the Suez crisis he again operated as a Forward Ground Controller and landed on the beaches with 40 Commando. He was appointed CO of 74 ‘Tiger’ Squadron to introduce the supersonic Lightning into service with the RAF. Traveling extensively, demonstrating the remarkable capabilities of the new fighter. His late career took him to Fighter Command’s HQ, RAF Staff College and the Joint Warfare School. After a posting to the USA on an exchange tour flying most of the Century Series Fighters and the Phantom he returned to the UK to head up 228 OCU to introduce the Phantom FGR2 into operational service.

Towards the end of his 44 year service career he commanded the RAF base at Gutersloh on the front line of the Iron Curtain flying and his final posting was Commandant of the RAF Regiment

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2939 KB
  • Print Length: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Pen and Sword Aviation (16 Aug 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DN5U57W
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #13,385 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Upward and Onward 16 Mar 2010
This book is a true gem. Telling the story of an ordinary man, who was in the right place at the right time to pioneer aspects of jet aviation. John Howe was the first commander of an operational Lightning squadron, and one of the first to fly the Phantom in Royal Air Force service. John is now aged 80, and during a recent meeting, the years tumbled away as he recalled some of his pioneering acrivities. A very worthwhile read.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read. 19 Mar 2014
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Book is thoroughly absorbing and interesting. Many interesting stories of aviation in the 40's. Would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in aviation.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A full career to say the least 17 Mar 2014
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A very rich and varied career, to say the least. I wish I'd known his background when I briefly worked under him.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well Written And Very Interesting 20 Feb 2014
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This book documents the service career of a very successful South African who reached high rank in the Royal Air Force. It is written with an excellent balance of technical detail and human interest. It gives insight into the Korean war and into the period when the RAF was facing the challenge of rapidly changing technology and a rapidly changing threat from Eastern Europe.

John Howe shows the best traditions of command - the old school officer and gentleman who fights to get the best resources for his team and expects (and gets) the best work from them. He appeared to enjoy the power of his position and worked hard to excel in all he did. Pulling together German civilians and the RAF occupying forces following WW2 into social harmony was a feat in itself. John's oversight of a demoralised Royal Observer Corps into an effective Monitoring service for nuclear war is yet another example of his skills.

Historically the invasion of Egypt during the Suez crisis is covered in some detail and forms a very interesting part of the book.

This book is great value for less than 1.
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5.0 out of 5 stars What a career! 13 Feb 2014
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Great book, well written. Kept me engaged from cover to cover. A must read for anyone with an interest in military aviation.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well written and beautifully descriptive 9 Feb 2014
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I know John Howe and this book by Bob Cossey (who I also know well) is a great example of wht a biography should be, well rounded and giving a succinct yet accurate word picture of the man - this it does in spades!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic read 30 Jan 2014
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I was recommended this book for one of my first read on kindle by my grandad and I have to say I have enjoyed every chapter. The book gives you a good insight to what it was like during the war, I would personally recommend this book for anybody learn about the war or just generally interested in the war as you will not be disappointed in the read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good 2 Jan 2014
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An excellent book and well worth the money. Well written with plenty of the right kind of detail. Read it
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