Mosquito Down! The Extraordinary Memoir of a Second World War Bomber Command Pilot on the Run in Germany and Holland

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The publisher is developing a reputation for offering some uniquely insightful aviation histories and this account of his experiences by Frank Dell is well up to the standard. It would be a welcome new book for its portrayal of the young men who flocked to the RAF from school, and particularly those who flew the outstanding multi-role Mosquito with the RAF’s Light Night Striking Force. What makes this memoir special and very valuable is its exposure of life on the run for a pilot downed behind enemy lines. It exposes the humanity and courage of those in Occupied Europe who risked all to save the aircrew evading capture.

The author has written movingly of his time on the run and of the brave Dutch people who helped him. As an essay on the best of humanity, this book should be widely read.

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NAME: Mosquito Down! The Extraordinary Memoir of a Second World War Bomber Command Pilot on the Run in Germany and Holland
CATEGORY: Book Reviews
DATE: 020814
FILE: R2033
AUTHOR: Frank Dell
PUBLISHER: Fighting High Books
BINDING: hard back
PAGES: 181
PRICE: £19.95
GENRE: Non Fiction
SUBJECT: multi-role aircraft, Mosquito bomber, evader, resistance fighters, Occupied Europe
ISBN: 978-0-99262-072-1
IMAGE: B2033.jpg
BUYNOW: fightinghighbooks@btinterent.com
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DESCRIPTION: The publisher is developing a reputation for offering some uniquely insightful aviation histories and this account of his experiences by Frank Dell is well up to the standard. It would be a welcome new book for its portrayal of the young men who flocked to the RAF from school, and particularly those who flew the outstanding multi-role Mosquito with the RAF’s Light Night Striking Force. What makes this memoir special and very valuable is its exposure of life on the run for a pilot downed behind enemy lines. It exposes the humanity and courage of those in Occupied Europe who risked all to save the aircrew evading capture.

There is a valuable photo plate section to support the gripping text. It emotively covers the bravery of ordinary Dutch citizens who did extraordinary things under the yoke of occupation.

The author describes what it was like to go from school to RAF training, to earn his wings, and to go to fly one of the hottest aircraft to fly in combat, By that stage of WWII, the RAF was able to fly the Mosquito on a range of night missions, to expect to destroy most opposition and to outrun anything it couldn’t destroy. The twin engine Mosquito was an outstanding aircraft by any measure. It was very fast, handled well at all altitudes, and carried an amazing amount of bombs. As a bomber, it toted a bomb load equal to some four engine heavy bombers, with a crew of two against the crews of nine or more required for a heavy bomber. It flew from treetop level to high altitude where few aircraft at that time could reach. In the fighter and fighter-bomber roles, it carried four canon and four machine guns mounted in the nose for maximum rate of fire. Some even carried the 57mm Moilins gun for anti-shipping strikes. Radar was fitted and many Mosquitoes were able to carry eight rockets under their wings. This was a remarkable aircraft that was flown by remarkable pilots.

The author has written movingly of his time on the run and of the brave Dutch people who helped him. As an essay on the best of humanity, this book should be widely read.

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