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on 29 May 2013
I love the Mosquito and have seen one close up at Hatfield in the early sixties. This book is not quite the definitive work that I was hoping for. There were rather too many repetitions and I began to wonder whether this was a compilation of other people's efforts rather than a researched volume.

Nevertheless this book does represent a comprehensive list of the operational life of the Mosquito in WW2 and beyond with some valuable insight into the character of the people who flew them. It also brought into sharp focus the extreme danger of flying in the years before D Day. it also recounted the well documented failure of the Mosquito in tropical climates which appears in one paragraph of this book to be discounted as untrue but does later admit that apparent structural failure was three times higher in the Mosquito in this theatre.
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on 19 June 2014
If you're interest in the exploits of the war time crews who fought in the Mosquito, this is a good book to have. Some of the reading tells of extraordinary feats of airmanship and daring. I was a bit disappointed with the book after about half way, as it just had pages and pages of photographs - these were interesting to look at, but because they were at the end of the book, I felt they had lost context with the reports printed earlier. It was a case of just padding the book out a bit. I think this book could have been produced in a much better way and so it has lost a couple of stars.
For the price you pay though it's well worth the read, and I'm still in awe of the men I knew (now sadly no longer with us) who flew in these aircraft on operations over Germany and the North sea.
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on 22 June 2015
I really did want to like this book about such an iconic British aircraft of WWII but unfortunately it's just not very readable. Although there is some limited background information and crew recollections, it is mostly just list after list of missions.

This doesn't not build into either an interesting read or what can any way be described as a history. I did try some of the other chapters to see if there was any improvement but it was much the same.
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on 6 September 2013
I've always thought the Mosquito was a great plane, and even managed to get inside one as an ATC Cadet during the filming of 633 Squadron at RAF Bovingdon in the 1960s ;-) I subsequently flew Buccaneers in RAF Germany and this book therefore has a special relevance to me. All that said it's a fascinating read.

Initially I didn't get on with the short vignettes but as I got into the book they all helped to build a picture of a fantastic aircraft and the crews that flew it. Overall this is a very good book and for anyone interested in the Mosquito and/or the RAF campaign during WW2, I strongly recommend this book!
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on 12 April 2013
Found this book is a fascinating read. Interesting to read about the pilots and navigators that flew the Mosquito during World War 2. Some good descriptive passages about low level attacks and reconnaissance missions. Would definitely recommend to readers interested in World War 2 aviation.
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While this appears to be well researched, there is no discernible narrative. The odd vignette from former aircrew aside, the book appears to be a rather dull recitation of facts presented with all the flair and passion of the Saturday afternoon football results, focusing on which aircraft and crews were lost with little description of what they accomplished. I struggled with, then eventually gave up during the first chapter. I flicked through the later ones to see if there was any likely improvement, then promptly deleted it from my iPad to free up the space for something more worthwhile.
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on 16 April 2016
Excellent book, which dispels forever the image of the WW2 RAF pilots as mustachioed upper class tally-ho's! Apart from the abilities of the Mossie, truly one of the first multi-role combat aircraft, you get a good glimpse of the technology and sheer professionalism of the planners and executors of highly complex plans and tactics.
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on 22 September 2013
I have just started reading books that are about WWII and in particular the RAF .
I had heard of the mosquito but knew nothing about it, I didn't realize that it played such an important part in the combat arena.
I recommend that anyone interested in the history of the RAF or WW11 should read the book, I promise you will find it hard to put down.
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on 1 September 2014
This is a revealing and insightful commentary on the many and varied missions flown by the WWII Mozzie squadrons. It uses and quotes very frequently from the flying logs and debriefing reports of the aircrew. So it can be a bit like reading the telephone directory, but if you persevere you start to get a real feeling for what it was like to fly these missions. How they routed to and returned from each mission with very dry comments on everything from the cold to the terminal effects of the flak and night-fighters on their fellow aircrew. This alone gives you some understanding of the stress of continually flying sorties and encountering the same dangers again and again, night after night.

This is a good read for the period flying aficionado, but more about the brave Mozzie crews than the Mozzie itself - not that there is anything wrong with that!
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on 21 January 2014
An in-depth look at all combat operations for this amazing aircraft! This is a book for the more informed reader...it gets a bit stuck in the facts and figures of combat operations which gets repetitive. There is little "boys own" descriptive but some of the pilots memories although brief are interesting. There are copious notes that must be read in conjunction with the main text otherwise you don't get the fuller picture. As good book but hard going in some sections.
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