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A very personal account ...,
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This review is from: Night Fighter Navigator: Beaufighters and Mosquitos in WWII (Hardcover)
... for both the author and myself. Dennis "Goz" Gosling is a forthright personality, as befits his Yorkshire upbringing. Fascinated with all things to do with aircraft, he served with distinction during the Second World War. What sets this autobiography apart from many others is his candid views on both the social aspects of his RAF service, and his own maturing character. He openly admits a chip on his shoulder regarding his own humble origins compared to the perceived 'privleges' of the officer 'class'. This, of course, becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy until he openly admits it was largely his own misconception. It becomes sadly ironic when he finds it hard to relate to old workmates at the end of the war - because he was finally commissioned as an officer!
My uncle followed a remarkably similar path as a night fighter navigator through the same war, serving in both Egypt and Malta. He was tragically killed at Picauville in 1944, where the author was also present, albeit on a different squadron.
This book not only allowed me into Goz's life during those dark years, but also a glimpse into someone else's life ...