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5.0 out of 5 stars This is a s good as it gets, from one of the men actually there., 28 Feb 2010
This review is from: Enemy Coast Ahead- Uncensored: The Real Guy Gibson (Soft Cover) (Paperback)
As someone very interested in Bomber Command and Fighter Command I have read both the original version and this now uncensored version several times and find it a very informative and wonderful read. It is the autobiography of one of the most famous pilots of the war years, Guy Penrose Gibson, VC, DFC bar and DSO bar, leader of the Dambusters.

It starts flying out to the lakes on the Dambusters raid and quickly changes to several years before as the War breaks out as he reminises about hois life as a pilot in both bombers and fighters them comes full circle back to the Dambusters.

Gibsons account is not emotional, in fact far from it. It is instead a factual account telling the real stories of himself and those flying with him. The most emotional it gets is some 18 months into the war when he realises he is the only one still flying from his friends he flew with on the day war broke out (most are dead, one a POW).

It covers 1939 to 1943 and has the stories of flying getting things wrong and the struggle to improve as well as life on the ground with lots of drunken parties etc. as they all believed today they would die so we live life to the full. One exceptional part involves a Dunkirk survivor asking where the RAF had been at the beach.

Other reviewers have said Gibson perhaps didn't deserve the reputation he has, I am not one to say if he does or doesn't but he certainly lacks real emotion in his writing, its is all matter of fact, which makes this such a remarkable book. There's nothing else quite like it, a fitting tribute to Gibson and all the other fliers of WW2.
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