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Pathfinder (Bomber crews)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 21 September 2010
A remarkable story of the flying career of Don Bennett and the part he played in founding the pathfinder force during the bombing campaign against Germany. Equally fascinating is the story of his pioneering flights with Imperial Airways, trailblazing the new air routes to the east and to Africa, and the first transatlantic commercial flights, just before the outbreak of the war.
Clearly a man with strong opinions and he shows his disappointment with the situation in Britain after the war.
This book will make you want to know more about those pioneers of aviation in the thirties and those brave men who led the way in taking the war to Germany after the dark days of 1940-41.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 20 July 2011
A superb and compelling book written by the man who created the Pathfinder Force. If that wasn't enough he was also at the forefront of the creation of the United Nations, his wish being that the world should live in peace. The author was obviously a great man and his work during the war should have made him a family name and earned him a knighthood. Sadly, like Park and Dowding he seems to have missed out.

This book chronicles the author's flying career, beginning in civil aviation, where he broke a number of world records, before moving on to the RAF. Bennett fought hard to create what was to become the Pathfinders and with his guidance it went on to become a legend. He tells his story, pulling no punches, in an informative and thought provoking manner. He describes his trials and tribulations in building the force and the technical and tactical developments that took place. Bennett was the man who defended the superb Mosquito, which he was told could not be flown in the dark.

Unfortunately you can feel his sense of disappointment at the way things have worked out since the war. It's a pity to see the bitterness in such a great man, felt so badly let down by others. This is a must read for anyone interested in the history of air war.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 7 December 2010
This book is a compelling read. Air Vice Marshal Don Bennett tells you about his remarkable flying experience before and during WWII. He did not suffer fools gladly and in this remarkable book he names a few people whose stupidity, timidity or ignorance held back the war effort and cost lives. It's a compelling read. I could not put this book down until I finished it. Don Bennett made enemies with senior people less able than himself who later denied him the knighthood he so richly deserved from his massive contribution to the victory of the allies in WWII.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 16 July 2012
This is an interesting read for anyone interested in the Bomber Offensive and personal relationships betwixt very senior RAF officers in Bomber Command and a very determined and experienced Aussie Pilot who was also a Navigation Ace.
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on 11 July 2015
My mother's cousin (see photograph) was in a Pathfinder Squadron based at RAF Bourn in Cambridgeshire and I understand that Don Bennett was on that station the night referred to as "Black Thursday" 16/17th December 1943 when many Lancasters crashed in the fog returning to base with a great loss of life and injuries, he went out himself to a badly injured man. The cousin was killed along with two others of his crew. The author does not refer to that incident as I thought he may. However one can see that Bennett thought very highly of all of his men. An amazing man who believed very strongly in creating a Pathfinder force despite opposition. His story is a good read, very informative.
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on 29 September 2013
Very well written book by Bennett who lead the Pathfinders. It covers his early years on seaplanes as well as his leadership of the Pathfinders. Throughout he displays his often controversial opinions on various matters and incidents, but in a very eloquent way - for example, the conflicts between 5 Group, Bomber Command, and his Pathfinder force. Well written and will be of interest to any WWII historian.
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