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  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing (20 Jun. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1782004114
  • ISBN-13: 978-1782004110
  • Product Dimensions: 18.4 x 0.8 x 24.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
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"Included in the book are the usual great pilot stories, excellent period photos, some in color, and a goodly number of full color profiles, covering the types nearly 55 years of operational use by the RAF. It is a great read and an equally good reference book. One that is a must for the Canberra fan."
- Scott van Aken, www.modelingmadness.com
"Osprey does a great job of showing the development and changes from the early B.2 to the late PR.9. The color schemes shown are representative of the times and places where the Canberra earned its reputation as a pretty darned good bomber.Recommended." --Jim Pearsal, IPMS/USA
"This book will whet the interest of RAF fans in general, and in particular fans of the Canberra." --Aeroscale"

This book will whet the interest of RAF fans in general, and in particular fans of the Canberra. "Aeroscale"

Osprey does a great job of showing the development and changes from the early B.2 to the late PR.9. The color schemes shown are representative of the times and places where the Canberra earned its reputation as a pretty darned good bomber. Recommended. "Jim Pearsal, IPMS/USA"

Included in the book are the usual great pilot stories, excellent period photos, some in color, and a goodly number of full color profiles, covering the types nearly 55 years of operational use by the RAF. It is a great read and an equally good reference book. One that is a must for the Canberra fan. "Scott van Aken, www.modelingmadness.com""

This book will whet the interest of RAF fans in general, and in particular fans of the Canberra. Aeroscale

Osprey does a great job of showing the development and changes from the early B.2 to the late PR.9. The color schemes shown are representative of the times and places where the Canberra earned its reputation as a pretty darned good bomber. Recommended. Jim Pearsal, IPMS/USA

Included in the book are the usual great pilot stories, excellent period photos, some in color, and a goodly number of full color profiles, covering the types nearly 55 years of operational use by the RAF. It is a great read and an equally good reference book. One that is a must for the Canberra fan. Scott van Aken, www.modelingmadness.com

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-This book will whet the interest of RAF fans in general, and in particular fans of the Canberra.- --Aeroscale

-Osprey does a great job of showing the development and changes from the early B.2 to the late PR.9. The color schemes shown are representative of the times and places where the Canberra earned its reputation as a pretty darned good bomber. Recommended.- --Jim Pearsal, IPMS/USA

-Included in the book are the usual great pilot stories, excellent period photos, some in color, and a goodly number of full color profiles, covering the types nearly 55 years of operational use by the RAF. It is a great read and an equally good reference book. One that is a must for the Canberra fan.- --Scott van Aken, www.modelingmadness.com

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Although built as a medium bomber, the Canberra saw considerable service as a photo-reconnaissance platform - no fewer than 19 squadrons were equipped with photo-recce Canberras from the early 1950s through to 2006.

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A fascinating read that added to my knowledge of the types early years in the RAF. It's just a pity that the author didn't have room to cover it's use as an ECM training type with 360 Squadron. That's another fascinating tale, waiting to be told.
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Pretty decent overview of the mother of all jet bombers, the English Electric Canberra, limited to its use in RAF service. Developed in the 1940s, the Canberra was an impressive plane by contemporary standards: as maneuverable as a fighter, able to fly some 800 km/h and reach altitudes of almost 15 km. With its limited range and payload, its main role would have been tactical, attacking the Soviet army if it would invade Europe. Canberras also participated in the British nuclear tests as observers and 'sniffers' (flying through these mushroom clouds to take samples). When nuclear bombs became available, some of the Canberra force was trained to drop 'buckets of sunshine' on both mobile and fixed Russian targets.

The most interesting part of this book is on the use of Canberras during the Suez Crisis. This mission was announced to the RAF by a Chief Air Marshall saying 'the PM has gone mad, he is going to invade Egypt'. The Canberras' job was to perform night attacks to eliminate the Egyptian Air Force on their own airfields. Egypt being way out of range of the network of radar beacons (which covered only Western Europe), the Canberras had to employ WW2 vintage tactics: 'marker' planes lit up the nightly airfields with flares, then threw markers hopefully on the right spot, followed by visual bombing of these markers by the 'main force' from fairly high altitudes. Not entirely surprisingly given WW2 experience (which had already shown that these kind of tactics were only good enough to hit a target the size of a city, not the size of planes parked on an airfield), the damage to the Egyptian air force resulting from this night bombing was disappointing.

I would have liked to learn more about the Canberra's role in the India-Pakistan wars.
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All of the Canberra forces are covered but I felt that the units of RAF Germany should have been given more space as they were the very front line of the Canberra units in the cold war
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This is a well written record of the Canberra in service covering both the Bomber and Photo Recce marks. Having had 3 tours on them it brought back many memories, I noticed few omissions and only one error - the 12 ship formation, page 16 . was a 12(B)Sqn RAF Binbrook formation for a Royal Visit to Grimsby, not 35Sqn. The authors obviously went by the airframe numbers but were not to know that 12Sqn could not make up 12 aircraft due to retailing work and 6 were borrowed on the day from 35Sqn at RAF Upwood, they were still joining the formation when the photo was taken.
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A very good record of the service history of this wonderful RAF jack of all trades
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I bought this for my father who had been with one of the RAF Canberra Units. He absolutely loved the book and I think anyone with memories of the RAF Canberra Units will find this fascinating. Delighted. Arrived in top condition and in good time, well packaged too.
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Very informative and a wealth of good photographs. I would have liked a bit more about PR in RAF Germany, particularly 17 Squadron, the winner of a number of prestigious trophies.
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A great book for reference.
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