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Murder of Rudolf Hess by Hugh Thomas

A very good read that certainly gives compelling evidence that the prisoner held in Spandau may not have been Hess at all.

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Right now, I'm reading The Forgotten Man: A New History of the Great Depression, by Amity Shales. A very good book, but the first time - as a liberal observer of American politics - that I've read a book endorsed by Newt Gingrich.
Following that, A Thousand Days: John F. Kennedy in the White House, by Arthur Schlesinger Jr.; a great liberal work.

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Just started "Hostile Skies" by Dave Morgan.

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Charlie Brooker The Hell Of It All. ;)

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Perfect Confidence - Kelly Marks.

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Centurion by Simon Scarrow.

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Skyhook by John J Nance

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Centurion has to take a rest for a while as I have just borrowed Armed Action by James Newton from a colleague and want to finish it by a week tomorrow night when I see him again.

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I am reading all about Hurricane R4119 that was found in India, brought back to UK and is now flying again.

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I think you mean R4118

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Oh yes. My finger slipped. Thanks.

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Captain Burkills '30 seconds to impact' book arrived yesterday so i'm currently reading that :)

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James Stewart - Bomber Pilot.
Even more so than the celebrity part, it gives a good account of the way USAAF bomber groups and crews were formed and trained.

I've found that there are plenty of books about planes and missions, fewer about the behind the scenes work that made the missions possible.

Lots of nice detail about the 2nd AD as Stewart works his way from pilot to squadron commander, to operations officer to HQ staff. Keep in mind Stewart earned his posts, he enlisted before Pearl Harbor when he already had a civil license, then was assigned as a B-17 IP so he had a lot of experience before going overseas. It's said he also had a good rapport with the crews, a natural leader, soft spoken but very professional.

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Planet of Exile, my first Ursula K LeGuin read!

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Phoenix Squadron

Its a slow read (IMO) as its a lot of background on RN carrier ops in the late 60's and into the 70's but worth a look. Interesting statement that the FAA scored the first and last air to air kills of WW2 (Skuas Sept 1939, Seafires over Japan August 1945).

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Just loaned that to the colleague I borrowed Armed Action from. I'm now back to reading Centurion alongside Immediate Response by Maj Mark Hammond RM.

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Tattered Battlements by 'A Fighter Pilot'- it's a fighter pilot's account of the air battle for Malta. Just found my copy again so though it deserved another read. The book was printed July '43!

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Tattered Battlements was I think written by Tim Johnston and subsequently updated to include the later war years.

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Mine's definately the early version. I love the way it proudly proclaims it is "produced in complete conformity with authorised book production war economy standards".
Doing well for a nearly 70-year old book...

Would be interesting to get the later version too...

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Yes I have 'soaring flight' by Terence Horsley - published 1944.Austerity quality but in very nice nick for its age.
some lovely photos of classic gliding...
inc some real winch launching :rolleyes:

http://i695.photobucket.com/albums/vv316/volvosmoker/gliderwinch.jpg

I did a lot of winch driving 1970- '94 but I would never have driven those 2 winches LOL