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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the greatest unsung heroes of WWII
Warburton was an enigma, a hopeless trainee pilot who scraped through to get his wings, made a mess of his early service life, and ended as one of the most highly decorated pilots of the second world war. He went to the same school as Douglas Bader and Guy Gibson, so he obviously had the right stuff injected into him at some point.
This man was a true buccaneer of...
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the greatest unsung heroes of WWII, 27 Mar 2006
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J. Cullen (Haddington, East Lothian United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Warburton's War: The Life of Maverick Ace Adrian Warburton, DSO, DFC, DFC (USA) (Paperback)
Warburton was an enigma, a hopeless trainee pilot who scraped through to get his wings, made a mess of his early service life, and ended as one of the most highly decorated pilots of the second world war. He went to the same school as Douglas Bader and Guy Gibson, so he obviously had the right stuff injected into him at some point.
This man was a true buccaneer of the skies. As a photo-reconnaisance pilot serving in the mediterranean theatre, he has the distiction of never once failing to get either pictures or intelligence of the enemy. Unusually for a phot-recon pilot, he is also credited with nine kills.
His relationship with Christine on Malta is pure Hollywood, and sadly ended when he was posted back to Europe, where he was eventually posted as missing, presumed killed. Such was the strength of his devotion to Christine, that many speculated that he had tried to fly all the way to Malta for one more re-union. However, it has now been established beyond doubt what happened to him.
His story is amazing. Funny in many places, it tells of a devil may care character who laughed at authority and regulation, but commanded huge respect from his commanders, and some petty jealousy from other lesser mortals, it still makes me wonder why so little was heard of him. His story is perfect for movie makers. Bumbling incompetent becomes dashing misfit hero who gets the best looking girl on a war torn island, sad ending.
That being said, it is perhaps just as well that he did not survive the war. There was certainly no place in the peace time RAF for mavericks like him, and being demobbed would have devastated him. I doubt whether he would have lived much longer.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must read war biography, 23 Mar 2009
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Philip Spiers (Moravia) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Warburton's War: The Life of Maverick Ace Adrian Warburton, DSO, DFC, DFC (USA) (Paperback)
This is a well researched and poignant account of a remarkable and unconventional young man's wartime exploits and untimely death.

Warburton was a fiercely individualistic pilot -the kind that had the war not occurred would have been forever frowned upon by senior officers. Unlike his former school mate Guy Gibson, Adrian Warburton had little time for the detail of regulation and was seen by many as a misfit. However, Warburton found himself in a place and time where where he shone and his unconventional bearing was overlooked and actually credited as a strength. Operating out of Malta at a crucial time he became arguably the most valuable pilot in the Mediterranean theatre taking reconnaissance photo's of high importance and shooting up a fair bit of stuff along the way. His keenness to get the best possible photographs, often by flying at very low level, put him in extreme danger.

Well written and, keen to explore 'Warby' the person, this book is a testament of to his individualism, skill, determination and unbelievable courage. His humour, zest for life and indeed perhaps melancholy are all present. Tragically, it also shows how war chews up the best and the brightest and how they can be pushed too far once too often.

Tony Spooner, himself a highly decorated wartime pilot, can be very proud that he has once again brought Warby to life through his meticulous research and conversations with so many who knew him. Sadly he passed away in 2002 before the mystery of Warburton's last mission was solved and he was at last laid to rest (which is thankfully included and described in an addendum and postscript by Chris Goss).

I cannot recommend this enough to anyone interested in wartime aviation or simply wartime biographies. Men like Warburton don't just deserve to be remembered they must be remembered.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Time and place produced an outstanding PRU pilot., 18 Oct 2013
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Tells the story of Warby from below average pilot through to an outstanding one whose take-offs and landings in twin engined aeroplanes was "ham fisted" to quote one CO, but once in the air was undoubtedly exceptional. He excelled in many things probablly much to the surprise of many who knew his early career. A Biggles of his time.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An irreverent character in a desperate island, 19 Aug 2013
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Mr. A. M. Cawdron (norfolk) - See all my reviews
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I knew nothing of Adrian Warburton before reading this book and not as much of the desperate times of the airmen of Malta and the constant stresses they were under as I should have done. This pilot achieved great things in survival, in the air and with his groundcrew and perhaps unlike the other 'greats' of the Britrish airwar, (Bader, Johnson, Deere et alia), has not had the coverage he deserved. So the book is an insight into the man, the Meditteranean war and the survival of Malta. One does come away slightly puzzled by this off beat officer, one who could survive and suceed where regimentation was in fact meaningless, but who was always going to struggle in more conventional surroundings and a greyer sky. One also has to suspect that his difficulties and depression after severe physical injuries may have had a great deal to do with post traumatic stress disorder after frantic and highly overworked war experiences, a condition as we know not well recognised at the time and one he would have tried to dismiss. An interesting read for those who follow the WW2 flyers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Unusual war biography, 14 May 2013
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R. A. Fallows "Radio Man" (East Sussex, UK) - See all my reviews
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War biographies aren't known for their psychological reflections but this is a feature of this author's recounting of Adrian Warburton's war career. Consequently, Warburton comes across as a very human character and the reader's view of his life and what motivated him is broadened beyond the usual scope of this type of history. Many people know that Malta was a focal point of WW2 for a long time. Details of that war, however, may well be just a vague idea, as it was to me. This narrative, although centred on one life, gives a good account of Malta during that time and its importance to the Allied campaign in N. Africa and Italy.
My one complaint about the book is the cover depiction of the ubiquitous Spitfire. Although Warburton flew these planes, his main work from the start of his time in Malta was the far lesser-known Maryland. The cover design gives the impression that he was a fighter pilot, which is far removed from his duties as an unarmed reconnaissance pilot. True, he seemed to have the instincts and drive of a fighter and shot down a number of planes, but it was mainly for his efficiency and death-defying daring in photographing the enemy that he was so admired. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. It was a fitting tribute to a great man whose life, like so many, was elevated and defined and then cut short by the fortune of war.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Warburtons War, 7 Jan 2013
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A very good book going into detail about just how Adrian Warburton came to be the extraordinairy and highly decorated pilot that he was. A great insight into a person who, from not the best of starts in the RAF did more than his fair share and sadly died too soon.
A good feature of this edition is the information concerning the search for and finding of his remains in Egling an der Parr near Augsburg and his funeral and burial at the Dürnbach War Cemetery. This helping to complete the story and not leave you wondering what became of this highly decorated ace.
This is a "must read" for anyone who enjoys biographies of this nature.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A real hero, 28 Feb 2010
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Charlie T. (Glasgow, Scotland) - See all my reviews
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Adrian Warburton's story reads like fiction. He was a WWII trouble maker who lacked discipline, kept crashing his aircraft and was sent to Malta more or less as a punishment. There he became the top photo reconnaissance pilot of all time, and along the way almost as an aside shot down enough enemy planes to qualify as an official ace. Where other photo recce people would fly once over a target quickly to get their pictures, he would fly over once at low level to get his bearings and then, when all the defences below were alert, he'd fly back again taking his pictures. Bits of his story have appeared in several books and films in fictionalised form. Time somebody did the job properly with a biopic.
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1.0 out of 5 stars iNTERESTING --ANOTHER HERO BORN IN, 27 July 2014
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 15 July 2014
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