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5.0 out of 5 stars Myths and misconceptions of the 303 Squadron, 8 Mar 2012
This review is from: 303 'Polish' Squadron Battle of Britain Diary (Hardcover)
Richard King had spent ten years researching the data for this incredible diary of the 303 Squadron, its concept from the collapse of then PAF in Poland through to its sorry rewards for their efforts at the end. Although it encompasses the history surrounding the 303's being, it concentrates primarily and technically on their efforts through to the Battle of Britain
This the most recent publication written complimenting everything that has ever been written about the 303 in the past from its concept of Arkady's original publications surprisingly not straying far from this book's detail for its accuarcy, a whole chapter is devoted to a comparison with Arkady's book and certainly interestingly well worth doing so.
The data compiled is second to none bringing out many accurate and amazing little known facts and figures only brought to light until this book. The allegedly historically correct data is invaluable to those who may wish to digest all its detail and know the real facts clearing up some of the misconceptions that have surrounded this squadron, a lot of it extracted from the archives of Northolt operational HQ of the 303 and Feric's 303 Squadron's own chronicles of events.
Richard King tries to deal with any inaccuracies impartially, painstakingly putting this piece of work together. Many manipulated myths and possible misconceptions about this amazing Polish squadron are put to rest here in this book.
In my opinion this book needs to be read in conjunction with these other well written books for one to be able to appreciate the devotion of detail put into it, in my opinion each book complimenting the other and a must as well as being compelling reading. Don't worry it'll be well worth the effort.
Arkady Fiedler's 303, the original book of the 303 which will always be the classic of the 303, The Forgotten Few by Adam Zamoyski , A Question of Honor: The Kosciuszko Squadron by Stanley Cloud and Lynne Olson, no doubt there are others as well, but these in my opinion encompass the 303 and what it stood for in a nutshell and help make this book shine.
I Thank Richard for his dedication and time and effort in compiling this amazing book.
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