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Upward and Onward: Life of Air Vice-Marshal John Howe CB, CBE, AFC by [Cossey, Bob, ,]
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Upward and Onward: Life of Air Vice-Marshal John Howe CB, CBE, AFC Kindle Edition

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3083 KB
  • Print Length: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Pen and Sword Aviation (21 April 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DN5U57W
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 37 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #113,239 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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AVM Howe was my station commander at RAF Gutersloh in early 70's.

I did not realise in all the times that I helped to "strap" him in when he used to fly in our 92 squadron Lighnings, what exploits that he had experienced in his life as an F51 pilot flying in the SAAF in Korea, as an FAC in Korea and in Egypt.and that I would be reading about him all these years later.

I am now reading about this great man and remember what an aproachable person he was how his RAF career developed.

A great book about a great man
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When revealing the life of John Howe this was a fine book but too many pages, even chapters, were given over to the history of every squadron and base on which he served. Plenty of history but not enough John Howe.
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I finally purchased this book after having it on my wishlist for many months and was looking forward to finding out about the extraordinary career of AVM Howe, but I was left feeling a little disapointed. I have many biographies from RAF personnel and really enjoy hearing about their exploits and little stories that makes the book 'about' them. I appreciate that this being an biography and not an autobiograhpy that the personal touch isn't there but I felt that it was executed too clinically and didn't really give me a greater insight into exactly what sort of person AVM J Howe is; the only thing I picked up was that he was a hard but fair man but no more than that.
I felt that the book was padded out too much with details about the history of the squadrons, aircraft and stations/posting that John was connected with which made me skip these these paragraphs as to me this was information I already knew. Some people who read this review this may say that fills in the blanks but Im of the opinion that anyone wishing to read a book about the career of a Royal Air Force Air Vice Marshall would at least have sufficient knowledge of the history of the EE Lightning, McDonnell Douglas Phantom and the role of RAFG and the cold war to name but a few. The chapter on his time in Korea was really just a list of entries from John's log book and his time as a FAC during the Suez Crisis rambled on about the history and politics behind this campaign and only made a couple of small referneces to the role he played. To me I felt that it was all unessary padding that could of otherwise be filled with more information about John. There already is an extensive appendix that all this information could be added to.
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This book documents the service career of a very successful South African who reached high rank in the Royal Air Force. It is written with an excellent balance of technical detail and human interest. It gives insight into the Korean war and into the period when the RAF was facing the challenge of rapidly changing technology and a rapidly changing threat from Eastern Europe.

John Howe shows the best traditions of command - the old school officer and gentleman who fights to get the best resources for his team and expects (and gets) the best work from them. He appeared to enjoy the power of his position and worked hard to excel in all he did. Pulling together German civilians and the RAF occupying forces following WW2 into social harmony was a feat in itself. John's oversight of a demoralised Royal Observer Corps into an effective Monitoring service for nuclear war is yet another example of his skills.

Historically the invasion of Egypt during the Suez crisis is covered in some detail and forms a very interesting part of the book.

This book is great value for less than £1.
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I was recommended this book for one of my first read on kindle by my grandad and I have to say I have enjoyed every chapter. The book gives you a good insight to what it was like during the war, I would personally recommend this book for anybody learn about the war or just generally interested in the war as you will not be disappointed in the read.
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I know John Howe and this book by Bob Cossey (who I also know well) is a great example of wht a biography should be, well rounded and giving a succinct yet accurate word picture of the man - this it does in spades!
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My wife bought me this book as i was personal driver to avm jfg howe.
it was thoroughly absorbing, i only wished i'd known more of the 'boss's' history
whilst being his driver....he never spoke about it.
It was a pleasure to have been part of the 'Howe' family.
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This book is a true gem. Telling the story of an ordinary man, who was in the right place at the right time to pioneer aspects of jet aviation. John Howe was the first commander of an operational Lightning squadron, and one of the first to fly the Phantom in Royal Air Force service. John is now aged 80, and during a recent meeting, the years tumbled away as he recalled some of his pioneering acrivities. A very worthwhile read.

Bob Archer
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