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Old 18-02-23, 09:11 AM
tafh63 tafh63 is offline
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Default Observers and Navigators by WC Jeffrod, RAF Book Review

This an excellent book on a topic about which not much is written. Most books about "wings" merely describe the insignia(s) under study, without delving into "purpose" or development of how it was issued, how individuals were trained to its standards, or its placement in the organizational structure. W/C Jefford, RAF (Ret'd) does all this, and then some. While the main focus is on the evolution of the duties, training and status of the "Observer" and "Navigator" in the RAF, as well as its predecessors-RFC/RNAS, the author does expound quite a bit on the other flying brevets.

I highly recommend this book, especially the 2nd edition, to anyone interested in military aviation, the RAF and its corresponding organizational history and development. It is a well written work and worth reading.
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Old 05-04-23, 06:04 AM
David191 David191 is offline
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Hi tafh63,

Good to read some feedback on this book as I've often wondered whether I should take the plunge & purchase one to read. Sounds like I should for sure.

Best regards,
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Old 29-05-23, 02:58 AM
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I agree with tafh63. I have a copy of this book and it is extremely in-depth, detailed, well researched and easy to read.
Highly recommended
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