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  • The Elite Pathfinders of 627 Squadron
  • By: David Price
  • Narrated by: Greg Wagland
  • Length: 13 hrs and 51 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (35 ratings)

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Mosquito Men

By: David Price
Narrated by: Greg Wagland
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Summary

The story of one of the most remarkable–and feared–British aircraft of the Second World War: the de Havilland DH.98 Mosquito fighter-bomber.

Nicknamed the 'wooden wonder' for its balsawood frame, the two-man Mosquito excelled in several different roles, from reconnaissance to the bombing of sensitive priority targets. Following a Mosquito raid on the main Berlin broadcasting station on 30 January 1943, which succeeded in removing Hermann Goering from the airwaves, the Luftwaffe chief observed ruefully: 'It makes me furious when I see the Mosquito. I turn green and yellow with envy.' From the summer of that year, as RAF Bomber Command intensified its saturation-bombing campaign against German cities and industrial centres, Mosquitos were used by the RAF Pathfinder Force, which marked targets for night-time bombing, to potent and devastating effect.

David Price's involving and fast-paced narrative traces the contrasting wartime fortunes of a number of Mosquito crews, alongside which the development and operational history of the aeroplane (especially with the Pathfinder Force) forms a descant to the principal human narrative. Like the author's earlier book The Crew, Mosquito Men is rich in evocative and technically authoritative accounts of individual missions flown by an aircraft that ranks alongside the Spitfire, the Hurricane and the Avro Lancaster as one of the RAF's greatest ever.

©2022 David Price (P)2022 Head of Zeus
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A remarkable story

A remarkable aircraft and stories of the courageous men who flew it.
Brought about by the vision of its designer who fought the opposition who tried to defame it.
Only a few left in serviceable flying state.

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Education and thoroughly dull

Take one hour away from the length of this book for repeating the same squadron name again and again over one hundred times

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Mosquito Men

Pretty dull narrative and some tenuously linked side stories. Great people stuff which is when the book is at its best. Tech anoracs will probably love it but I can’t help but feel we didn’t get the whole story of the Mosquito Men.

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Great storytelling!

in depth and good mix of hilarity and the sombre.
great read for anyone interested in WW2 history.

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Well written

It’s a good book, but so much of this material has been covered elsewhere. Little new but good for someone new to the subject

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Enjoyable but not without faults

A enjoyable retelling of the exploits of No 627 Squadron and better than his previous book 'The Crew'. Unfortunately it shares some of the problems of that book with some strands of the story bearing tenuous links to the main topic and inaccurate technical details, many of which he slips in at the end of a sentence and leaves you wondering why he's bothered when it would have been better to leave them out.
On the plus side and also in common with 'The Crew' the book is at it's best when it's concentrating on the people and exploits of the Squadron and for this, it's well worth a listen

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Interesting account of one particular squadron

This is an interesting account of a squadron whose members performed courageously particularly marking targets for the heavies. It would have been, I believe, improved with rather more detail of the aircraft they flew. But the real problem is the narrator who reads without intonation in a robotic way that is very disappointing..

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Good listen

Very informative and interesting read. Lots of other general information discussed too. Would recommend to anyone interested in ww2

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Excellent Account

An excellent account of the men often forgotten flying possibly the best aircraft of WW2

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Courage and loss

The book gives a good insight into the operation and thinking of the air warfare in the European war and the role of the Mosquito planes. The reader is taken into the lives of the people who flew the Mosquito planes and shares the losses and tragedies of the men and the impact, not always as desired, of their missions.

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