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Buccaneer Boys: True Tales by those who Flew the 'Last all- British Bomber' by [Pitchfork, Graham]
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Former Buccaneer navigator Air Cdre Graham Pitchfork is in a better position than most to reflect on experiences of flying in the famously robust British jet. In this absorbing and well illustrated book, the author provides an insight into the lifestyle of a squadron and explains exactly what it meant to be a 'Buccaneer Boy'. --Flypast magazine

An excellent insight into the aircraft and those who flew it. --Britain At War magazine

Comprehensively illustrated, and filled with outstanding tales of the excitement of Buccaneer flying in both peacetime and war, above all the book leaves you feeling the pride and affection shared by all of the contributors. Buccaneer Boys is an excellent read. For those who served during the 60s to 90s Cold War period, it is a must. For anyone with an interest in aviation, it is a most enjoyable book. --Air Mail

A fine tribute to an iconic aircraft. --The Northern Scot

The descriptions of flying activities and incidents are vivid, some of the anecdotes are laugh-out-loud amusing and references to that sense of 'community' and a real affection for the aeroplane just keep cropping up. I strongly recommend this book. It's a very good and entertaining read. --RAF Historical Society Journal

Grub Street produce fantastic books on classic British war jets. This wonderful book by Air Commodore Graham Pitchfork is an entertaining and thoroughly engaging read. The photographs are superb! This book is so much more than a big blob of nostalgia for times past. More importantly, it forms part of a growing collection of histories of post-war British military aviators. The quality of this book speaks for itself and I have no hesitation in recommending it to you.
--War History Online

This book takes pride of place on the shelf at home and no doubt will be read again and again and not be left on the shelf too often - Recommended. --Vintage & Classic

It's a very pacey and painlessly readable, often exciting, and sometimes poignant assemblage of reminiscences from 'Buccaneer world'...In affecting and arresting style this recent publications conveys why the Buccaneer meant so much to its crews and engendered such persistent esprit de corps in their 'club'. --Derek Reed, VP Yorkshire Air Museum

About the Author

Air Commodore Graham Pitchfork, MBE, served in the RAF for 36 years and was subsequently a director of Military Intelligence at the Ministry of Defence. His previous books include Men Behind the Medals and The Buccaneers.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 44277 KB
  • Print Length: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Grub Street Publishing (19 Oct. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00HQ253BQ
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 45 customer reviews
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Format: Hardcover
Does 'exactly what it says on the cover'......tells 'all about the boys'....I was hoping that this book would have been full of tales about what the the aircraft was like to fly....'hairy moments' 'carrier landings' etc etc. but alas book was all about 'The Boys' their youth, their education,joining the services, their postings, their promotions........dominated by many personnel group photos,with just a few previously not seen photos of the aircraft.
Perfect..... if you were part of the Buccaneer fraternity, having perhaps ;- manufactured, flown, or been part of a squadron,this book may have been ideal, but as a "Plane Crazy" enthusiast with no military service or interest whatever, found this 'fairly heavy going 'and gave up around the half way stage.............
Did ...'exactly what it said on the cover'
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Really enjoyed this collection of firsthand accounts of this very special British military aircraft. Like its peer, the Vulcan, it was really only used in anger in the twilight of its career but reading this makes you feel confident that this plane and its crews and support staff did a fine job as part of the deterrent during the Cold War.
I did not find it repetitive as it might have been. Mr Pitchfork has done a very good job in assembling personal accounts from the Bucc community so as to illustrate its development and deployment. We read of FAA service through the RAF early days to the operations in the Gulf War. Along the way Torrey Canyon and Red Flag come up and one of the parts I particularly liked was the Bucc in SAAF service (the type's only export success). Here are stories I had never heard before told in a readable manner with passion and authenticity. One cannot help but wonder whether we should have retained the aircraft in service a few years longer but then this story is not alone, the same could be said for several other RAF aircraft. All had validity in this uncertain world to defend we the taxpayers who after all, paid for the planes!
One thing I thought might have been mentioned was the final public display at Cranfield. I was there for that exciting but sad occasion. The Bucc had been a star at many airshows for decades so it was good to see the old girl off.
For the future maybe others will be inspired to send Graham their accounts - maybe from the last active examples in South Africa and Bruntingthorpe - from the groundies as well as aircrew. This is my second in the "Boys" series and so far both have been almost exclusively from former aircrew; I doubt I am alone in seeking firsthand stories of what it was like to keep these monsters in action.
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This superb book captures in detail the élan, flair and exuberance shown by those lucky enough to fly Britain's last All British Bomber. The whole spectrum of Buccaneer Operations are covered from the early days through Fleet Air Arm operations, maritime attack and Red Flag triumph. Detailed personal accounts convey a fast paced narrative with conviction and a sense of immediacy. The authors have often spent the greater part of their military careers on the type and radiate an innate sense of satisfaction that theirs was a military life of fulfilment and great professional satisfaction.

Superb photographs compliment an exciting and compelling read. Highly recommended. I wish I'd flown it too!
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A nicely illustrated book, but as an ex Fleet Air Arm Buccaneer pilot, I would have liked to see more contributions from Navy pilots. The RAF pilots write well, but are rather over serious, and I'm afraid I did'nt finish the book as a result of literary indigestion!
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Virtually finished the book but really enjoying it. Finding it very well written, informative and entertaining. I served thirteen years in the RAF and the Buccaneer was always a favourite. I can remember sitting in the tower at Kinloss watching a Buccaneer doing an airfield attack virtually on the deck. Impressive stuff. All aspects of the aircrafts service are covered and I found it very interesting with the accounts from the aircrew very informative and a great account of a classic british bomber. The pictures are also very good. The Bucc was a classic, this book is a very fine account of its service life from the guys who flew it. Well worth a read.
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Great book which brought back all the old memories of my time on 16 Squadron - a must read for those of us who helped to keep it in the air. Its just a shame that there were no stories from the ground crew which would have made it a more complete book

Mike Smith
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Format: Kindle Edition
This book has chapters written by different pilots and navigators for this excellent aircraft. Each chapter is full of stories and incidents that give you an idea what it was like to be part of the crew at that time. What is particularly good is the number of people who contributed their stories, and how those stories often overlap. Some of the chapters are written by US exchange crew, and even a few stories from the South African crews who flew these aircraft over Angola and Namibia.

One minor thing stops this being a 5 star book - the Kindle version has some strange mixed case which means many (but not all) of the names of people and places have lost the initial capital letters. Not a big problem, but clearly the Kindle version has not been properly proof-read. This makes picking out place names a bit more challenging.

Don't let the proof reading put you off the book, buy it anyway and hope a corrected version is issued soon on Kindle.
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