Another great read,
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This review is from: Pursuit Through Darkened Skies: An Ace Night-fighter Crew in World War II (Hardcover)
Michael Allen is an excellent writer who has a tendency to ramble and jump back and forth chronologically, something you soon learn to treat with the respect due to a wise man who has too many interesting stories to tell. I've read John Braham's, Robert Wright's and Roderick Chisholm's books and Michael Allen's is up there with them all and in some ways actually better. Using the squadron history, his and his pilots log book notes, and his own memories, he brings everything together into a superb story. I've learn't an awful lot from this book. It is packed with interesting stuff.
Kicked out of 29 squadron by Guy Gibson, the inimitable team of Harry White and Michael Allen were forced to learn their trade as a ferry crew delivering aircraft to operational squadrons abroad. Itching for combat they were finally transferred to 141 squadron, then under the command of the one and only John Braham, where they went on to notch up a very respectable score and receive DFC's with 2 bars. The story though, starts pre-war and ends, quite sadly, post-war and demob. Michael Allen was an AI operator and together with his trusty pilot flew many Serrate intruder missions, first in Beaufighters and then Mosquitoes deep into Germany in search of their opposite numbers. They also went on to carry out low level attacks on German airfields using cannons and napalm. All fascinating stuff.
If you've got as far as reading this review then buy the book, you won't regret it. I for one will be placing it in the book shelf with the rest of my favourite reads.