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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Read though not what it says on the tin
Night Fighter over Germany – Flying Beaufighters and Mosquitos in World War 2 – Graham White Completed 19 July 14
Some of the comments on Amazon regarding this book are critical as the Title does not reflect the content. This is a valid criticism as the book hardly touched on the Author’s 30+ operations flying as a Night Escort towards the end of...
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1.0 out of 5 stars Fun and Games in WW2
A very misleading title, the Author seemed to spend little time in a " Night Fighter over Germany" should be titled "Laughs with the RAF"
Published on 28 July 2009 by Bv Lander


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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Fun and Games in WW2, 28 July 2009
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Bv Lander (England) - See all my reviews
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A very misleading title, the Author seemed to spend little time in a " Night Fighter over Germany" should be titled "Laughs with the RAF"
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2.0 out of 5 stars A Waste of Money, 18 Mar 2014
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Rather disappointed very little flying or operational details mostly about what the author and his mates got up to in between flying,A few interesting facts but overall boring.
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1.0 out of 5 stars dull, 7 Mar 2014
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A bit of a long winded jokey look back at some jolly old capers and wizard japes. Almost completely devoid of any actual operational flying. There is virtually no action, he completes 30 plus missions over Germany but spends most of the book recounting drunken antics in the jolly old mess. Tedious and his 'humour' is a bit dated.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Read though not what it says on the tin, 21 July 2014
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A. Callow (Aberdeen, scotland) - See all my reviews
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Night Fighter over Germany – Flying Beaufighters and Mosquitos in World War 2 – Graham White Completed 19 July 14
Some of the comments on Amazon regarding this book are critical as the Title does not reflect the content. This is a valid criticism as the book hardly touched on the Author’s 30+ operations flying as a Night Escort towards the end of the 2nd world war. Instead the book covers the life of an operational NCO pilot from his enlistment in 1941 to demob in 1950. The fact that the Author continued to fly after the war is a testament to his skill as a pilot so it is a shame that operational missions over Germany are not covered.
Nevertheless, the Author’s story is an interesting one. Sent to the USA for initial training he returned to the UK to find that unlike the rest of his course he did not go to a Bomber OTU (which likely saved his life) but to fly as a Staff pilot flying trainee Navigators in Avro Ansons in Northumberland. This sidetrack then took him to Night Fighter training which was carried out in Beaufighters before eventually arriving on a Mosquito squadron in 1944. As already mentioned there is little in here about operational sorties but there is a wealth of stories about the daily escapades of squadron aircrews during the war. These stories were at times laugh out loud and reminders of Service Humour including the fatalistic black humour still common today in the armed forces. At other times there are poignant reminders about just how dangerous even non-operational wartime flying was – stories Mosquitoes crashing during formation flying practice or Bomber Affiliation sorties or of Target towing aircraft simply vanishing over the North Sea.
If you want an action packed tale of Night Intruder work then this is not the book for you. If you want a great read and a good laugh then get yourself a copy.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Biggest disappointment ever, 2 Dec 2008
This book should be called what I got up to during the war. Very little aviation information or factual flying experiences and is more about where he went and what pubs he frequented and what high jinx they got up to. Just pays lip service to raids.The most disappointing book I have ever read and needs to be in the biography section not aviation history
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2.0 out of 5 stars Book wasn't planned properly, 1 May 2014
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Initially it is a very interesting subject and the book starts well with a description of the training. However when the action starts the author skips over it, like either he wasn't there or he still thinks it is all secret. The result is he runs out of war to write about by half way through the book. So the second half is really appendix chapters tacked on the end to fill up the space.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A real pleasure., 15 April 2009
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An excellent story of the authors' life in the RAF. Humour in large doses, pleasingly understated heroics in the air, and above all a tale of life with a group of like-minded individuals with a common goal (whether that might be a certain mission, pub or WAAF). The book creates a vivid picture of station life in those days; the laughs, the tears, and the events. Well worth a read.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down!, 12 Dec 2008
"I have just ... completed reading your book, 'The Long Road to the Sky: Nightfighter Over Germany.' I couldn't put it down!

Not in a long time have I had the pleasure of reading a piece of writing that so entertained and informed, a tour de force...

Humorous, vivid, fast moving, delightful, sobering, poignant - these all describe your first rate manuscript... As a writer myself, I especially appreciate the work of talented people...

...three evenings of utter delight and fascination..."

The above, written by Thomas J Swenson, Wisconsin, USA, is a quote from an unsolicited letter received by author Graham White.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read, 26 May 2014
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I loved this book. It's humour and honesty are a delight, and where ever the author is I'm sure there is laughter in the clouds.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Very amusing but....., 20 May 2014
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This is a very amusing book, written in a light hearted style, but whilst it tells us a lot about what the author did on the ground during his years of service in the RAF, there is little written about his experiences as a "Night Fighter Over Germany" at all. He briefly mentions at one point " getting into a dogfight", but that's all the detail we are given about that incident. Its an interesting window into the lives of ordinary Aircrew who served in the RAF during and after the war. Not many of them were aces like Bader or Johnson, in fact whilst the author did 35 trips over the Reich, he doesn't seem to have shot anything down, but that's not unusual, because as he says. "its a damned big sky".

Still glad I bought the book on Kindle, but if you want to know bout the nitty gritty of night fighting, look for Alfred Price's Instruments of Darkness a fascinating story of the development of airborne electronic warfare.
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