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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 6 October 2009
A fascinating read on one of the less glamourous aircraft of WW2.
As with other Osprey books, it contains an excellent depth of information on the men, machines & squadrons who operated the Beaufighter.
Well worth reading if you're into WW2 aviation.
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on 13 September 2014
This is an excellent account of those who flew and fought in the Beaufighter heavy fighter. Well written, it would be perfect but for one thing.
There is not enough written about the chaps in the back. For some reason, Mr Thomas' book concentrates mainly on the pilots, with less information than I would have liked about the Observer/Navigator. The crew of the Beaufighter comprised two, and I would have liked to see more accounts of the RO/Nav. Even the list of Aces at the back only lists the pilot, not both parts of the crew.
I appreciate there are word limits on these texts, but I'd have loved to more about the RO/Nav's, who shared the danger, the success, and the same fat as their pilots if shot down.
Nonetheless, an excellent book, and one I'd recommend.
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on 11 March 2014
I bought this book as an aid to researching one specific Beaufighter (V8567) which is of particular interest to me. Whilst I did not expect to find a picture of that actual aircraft (though I lived in hope) there were enough illustrations of Beaufighters with serial nos. close enogh to my research object to enable me to conclude, with about 90% certainty, that I had nailed the amswer to some of my questions.These "Aircraft of the Aces" series are of use to both the aviation historian and the model builder (often one and the same). One slight criticism - the very early members of the series used to contain a full-colour 3-view of the subject but now only side-views are included which is a loss to the modeller.
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on 15 May 2015
Very Interesting read
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 22 February 2013
I wanted to know the history and the story of this aircraft instead it was a toxic treadmill of repetitive reportage if you thrive in disappointment this is the book for you..........garbage begging to be recycled
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 26 April 2012
I have found this book both entertaining and informative. I am currently painting a picture of a Beaufighter leaving RAF Defford early in WW2, to trial radar developed by TRE Malvern. The book is a very good source of visual information and the accounts of crews help to give some idea of the Beau's capabilities and quirks, and has helped in my research for the painting.
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