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4.0 out of 5 stars
Brit tells story of Kiwi Squadron, 15 May 2000
There can't be too many autobiographies (maybe this is the only one?) of 75 Squadron aircrew during WWII. The limited audience Yates is writing for must make this a non-profit undertaking, and Yates took 50 years to get his published, but I'm extremely pleased that he did. It's not a long book, but the insights it gives are fabulous.
For (I assume) an amateur author, Yates writes well. He also seems to have a pretty good recall of the detail of day to day life: the sort of detail which doesn't get into official diaries.
I particularly enjoyed his descriptions of the simmering tension and wafer thin bravado at briefings, and I was struck by the deep pride he had in a squadron which he had only been in for a month or two before he was a veteran, and which he left forever after four months.
For people like me, who had relatives in 75 squadron whom we never met, this is a important historical document. Highly recommended.