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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on 25 March 2008
The story of Tommy Broom is a great tale of modesty in action. It has the thrills of a story that simply could not be invented interspersed with Tom Evans' sense of historical perspective.
Tommy's modesty is reflected throughout, and his mother's reactions and responses as he develops his RAF life and career are the examples of so many families and their sons and daughters during wartime Britain.
It is a story of the development of a successful navigator and his several pilots as the war moves from France to Berlin, and as the crews develop from innocent youth to professional warriors. A great read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 27 July 2011
Tommy told me shortly before he died that he had had a wonderful life. It was a life that few would have known much about had his close friend, local schoolmaster Tom Parry Evans, not persuaded him to commit his story to print. In doing so, we are privileged to learn, not only of his courage but of his supreme navigational and bombing skills throughout the war, much of it alongside his namesake and great friend Sir Ivor Broom. This is the inspirational story of a modest, gentle, man who left our village a boy and came back against all odds, a hero. Brilliant!
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on 2 February 2015
I have yet to read Ivor Broom's "Clean Sweep", but it seems that these two were destined to operate together at some point during the war. While Ivor Broom is perhaps the better known of the two Brooms, Tommy seems to have carved his own path to notoriety anyway, and that anyone of his calibre should survive the war is testament to hi skill, and I daresay the required luck that seemed to follow him.
His abilities as a navigator meant that he was likely to be at the pointy end of any operation, and paired with Ivor Broom, doubly so. We should also admire any or those aircrew who made it back home after being shot down in enemy territory, and then went back on operations.
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on 12 September 2014
Well written book about the wartime exploits of a gifted navigator and person he was a pathfinder in more ways than one. Tommy Broom worked his way up the chain of command from junior air mechanic to air gunner all the way to a Squadron Leader avidly learning more of his trade and becoming more adept and highly qualified as his service life progressed.

It is easy to get to identify with his engaging and constantly positive personality especially as he was so exposed to the soul destroying vissitudes of a wearing and relentlessly dangerous wartime ...profession. This book is an enjoyable read because his attitude to life made it ...."work!"
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 25 January 2014
I struggled to read this, there was no drama and nothing to draw you in. With no disrespect, but not worth buying in my opinion.
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on 20 November 2013
A wonderful story about a national treasure, Tommy's story should be made into a film. Tommy was an example to all and I had the great pleasure to call him my friend who gave me the pleasure to read both the manuscript and have a signed copy of the first edition.
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on 2 November 2012
Tommy Broom had a brilliant career, he survived many times as a navigator right through world war 2. The most brilliant part was as a navigator on Mosquito's with his pilot also called Broom (Ivor). They were known as the flying Brooms!
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on 9 January 2013
So little is written about this aircraft's operations that it wasa joy to be able to find this edition..........although long out of print.

A must read by anyone with an interest in aviation history.
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on 23 March 2013
Having met Tommy at his favourite watering hole (The Poacher at Portishead) and read the origional draft of a Posset Lad, I always thought this was worth a wider audience, a great read.
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on 16 May 2015
Not particularly-well researched, this fails to do justice to the man or his achievements.
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