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on 14 May 2013
War biographies aren't known for their psychological reflections but this is a feature of this author's recounting of Adrian Warburton's war career. Consequently, Warburton comes across as a very human character and the reader's view of his life and what motivated him is broadened beyond the usual scope of this type of history. Many people know that Malta was a focal point of WW2 for a long time. Details of that war, however, may well be just a vague idea, as it was to me. This narrative, although centred on one life, gives a good account of Malta during that time and its importance to the Allied campaign in N. Africa and Italy.
My one complaint about the book is the cover depiction of the ubiquitous Spitfire. Although Warburton flew these planes, his main work from the start of his time in Malta was the far lesser-known Maryland. The cover design gives the impression that he was a fighter pilot, which is far removed from his duties as an unarmed reconnaissance pilot. True, he seemed to have the instincts and drive of a fighter and shot down a number of planes, but it was mainly for his efficiency and death-defying daring in photographing the enemy that he was so admired. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. It was a fitting tribute to a great man whose life, like so many, was elevated and defined and then cut short by the fortune of war.
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