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5.0 out of 5 stars Weapons Free, 13 Sept. 2002
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This review is from: Weapons Free: Story of a Gulf War Royal Navy Pilot (Hardcover)
As a 21 year old looking to join the Royal Navy as a pilot this book has been an invaluable source of information. It's author Richard Boswell was a Navy Lynx pilot during the Gulf conflict of `91.
Mr Boswell talks us briefly through his childhood, how he came to join the Navy as an engineer and how he eventually worked his way in to flying (His ultimate goal).
The book discusses the atmosphere of a military flying training unit, the good times and the bad. Following the progress of `Dickie' Boswell through basic flying training right through to his first operational unit. Along the way the book talks about the authors social and love life, how they affected his job and visa-versa.
Once deployed to the gulf the author has used the diary he kept at the time to write the book, with narrative added to explain certain situations in more detail.
This book is not your action packed Bravo Two Zero type. It is more about life in the navy and one man's very personal account of war in the Gulf.
A must read for all those thinking of joining the forces to be like Tom Cruise in Top Gun, it has certainly opened my eyes a little more.
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Initial post: 3 Nov 2010 23:16:15 GMT
haven't read the book, but the front cover is HMS Minerva circa 1987, and I dont think Boswell was either pilot or co-pilot, co-pilot, interesting

In reply to an earlier post on 1 Jun 2011 19:03:02 BDT
J. Anderson says:
I am Richard Boswells sister I can confirm that Richard was very much a Navy Lynx helicopter pilot on board HMS Manchester during the first Gulf War, perhaps A.M. Cartwright should check their facts before writing a comment like this!!!!!

In reply to an earlier post on 1 Jun 2011 20:34:29 BDT
Last edited by the author on 1 Jun 2011 20:42:38 BDT
Sylvianne says:
I suggest that A.Cartwright stops talking out the top of his/her head & reads the book.Richard wrote this very informative book on his return from the first Gulf war.He was most certainly the pilot of Lynx helicopter on board HMS Manchester & was awarded a Mention in Despatches as published in London Gazette 29th June 1991.I know because I AM HIS MOTHER The certificate is proudly hanging on our wall & the book with all the true photos & facts is by my side.Where are your honours for nonsense A Cartwright ?

Posted on 17 Jun 2011 10:45:24 BDT
AM Cartwright- The cover is a photo of a Leander Class frigate and a Lynx helicopter. You haven't read the book to see that Dickie was the pilot on Manchester, a Type 42 destroyer. But you then question his authenticity? I was at Britannia Royal Naval College with Dickie. Good lad, and his sister and mum have every right to feel proud of him. Good job, Dickie. Just had our 25th year anniversary at BRNC.

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Jun 2011 10:51:58 BDT
Sorry to see about his prang, Mrs. B. Tell Dickie that Simon Easom (now Doherty) who was an SL X Midshipman at BRNC with him, sends his best and enjoyed the book. Some great photos at BRNC which made me laugh. All the best!
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