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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 26 December 2016
This modestly priced book shines a light on a fighting force of WWII that rarely receives attention - Coastal Command. In action from the beginning to the end of the war, the men of this branch of the Royal Air Force often flew and fought under weather conditions that could be as big a danger as the enemy. The aircraft they used varied in suitability, with early types not being particularly well adapted to the specific needs of this theatre of war. The author can speak about all this with authority, being a Coastal Command war veteran himself.

The book follows Coastal Command under its four wartime commanders-in-chief, surveying the developments (and new challenges) that successive stages of the war brought. There is much more emphasis on aircraft and tactics than there is about the men who fought - although a number of individual exploits are given well-deserved attention. So the book may come across to some as a little dry, with more emphasis on facts and figures than people.

If you are interested in WWII aviation, this book is highly recommended as a change from coverage (albeit essential) of Fighter Command and Bomber Command.
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on 5 February 2017
This is a book which is based on the authors academic work as an adult student doing a degree course relating to his own war time experiences in the UK's Coastal Command during WWII. As such it fills a gap left by the lack of an official history of Coastal Command, proof of the author's assertion in the title. It is a very factual work, full of appendices, lists and references, and unfortunately is therefore a very 'dry' read. It also repeats the same information ad-infinitum, to the point where you find yourself anticipating the examples about to be used, and the same names cropping up repeatedly in respect of policy and management of the service. It lacks much detail about the writer's own experiences and operations, which I wanted to read more about, but it does set out the full strategic situation Coastal Command were operating under, hence the title of the book. This is a book for those with WWII academic interests, and in that regard it does show how near the UK came to defeat in the battle of the Atlantic, and the horrendous losses our services and the aircrew from around the Commonwealth endured to win through. As one of the men who put his life on the line constantly through that period, and faced horrendous odds against survival, I applaud him for that service and writing this book, but would love to see a version written from his personal experience directly - like a diary dramatisation perhaps. I would certainly buy a copy!
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on 1 March 2017
Interesting history of the service, get's a bit too caught up on detail which I didn't need to know.
Well written though and provides a very complete account - as I don't doubt was the authors intent, I was after something a bit more like an historic novel.
A useful addition to the historic narrative of the war.
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on 18 June 2013
This is a book that fills in a lot of gaps in WWII RAF aviation history which I found very interesting, especially the details of some of the minutes of meetings where decisions were made, that in hind-sight seem odd to say the least. Actually I caught myself wondering how the Battle of the Atlantic was won, with some of the decisions. the book details the equipment, armament etc used by Coastal Command and other lists all very interesting.
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on 23 November 2016
This fine author aptly described the heroics of the flyers in RAF Coastal Command in WW2 as the 'Cinderella' service who so ably defending UK ships and shores against German Warships, Planes and Uboats without much recognition or the most up-to-date equipment.
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on 27 April 2017
My husband said this was a revelation since the main publicity from the war is mainly about the "fighters" and the "bombers"

A great account of how much we owe to Coastal Command
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on 27 June 2017
This book is dull beyond measure. I downloaded a sample first and did have some concerns but thought it would get better. Sad to say it didn't; which is a shame as the book does not do justice to our Coastal Command boys. I appreciate an 18 hour sortie in a Catalina (where nothing is seen but the Atlantic) is hardly riveting stuff but I suppose at least I can say I now have some idea of how they must have felt.
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on 4 January 2018
An awful lot of repetition making you wonder how much content there is actually in it. It appears to be written by someone with an axe to grind as well making the content tedious and questionable. I could not be bothered to read it all, says it all really.
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on 17 March 2017
Interesting read, my interest was initially about the flying boats at PD. Learnt a load more but also about the PRU which were part of coastal.
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on 18 January 2017
Until reading this, I did not realise to what extent coastal command were
involved during ww2. What a big part they played and price they paid. This is an amazing insight into the brave men of this service and a brilliant read.
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