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4.0 out of 5 stars An irreverent character in a desperate island, 19 Aug 2013
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This review is from: Warburton's War: The Life of Maverick Ace Adrian Warburton, DSO, DFC, DFC (USA) (Paperback)
I knew nothing of Adrian Warburton before reading this book and not as much of the desperate times of the airmen of Malta and the constant stresses they were under as I should have done. This pilot achieved great things in survival, in the air and with his groundcrew and perhaps unlike the other 'greats' of the Britrish airwar, (Bader, Johnson, Deere et alia), has not had the coverage he deserved. So the book is an insight into the man, the Meditteranean war and the survival of Malta. One does come away slightly puzzled by this off beat officer, one who could survive and suceed where regimentation was in fact meaningless, but who was always going to struggle in more conventional surroundings and a greyer sky. One also has to suspect that his difficulties and depression after severe physical injuries may have had a great deal to do with post traumatic stress disorder after frantic and highly overworked war experiences, a condition as we know not well recognised at the time and one he would have tried to dismiss. An interesting read for those who follow the WW2 flyers.
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