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fluke39
09-29-2003, 02:31 PM
written by Norman Franks and Paul Richey - it is the sequel to "Fighter Pilot"

i am about to purchase a few books and came across it on amazon:
having read fighter pilot and enjoyed it thoroughly - i was wondering if anyone could give me a pointer as to whether to get this "sequel" or not??



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fluke39
09-29-2003, 02:31 PM
written by Norman Franks and Paul Richey - it is the sequel to "Fighter Pilot"

i am about to purchase a few books and came across it on amazon:
having read fighter pilot and enjoyed it thoroughly - i was wondering if anyone could give me a pointer as to whether to get this "sequel" or not??



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fluke39
09-29-2003, 03:26 PM
just Bump this to the top before i leave for a while
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XyZspineZyX
09-29-2003, 03:42 PM
Depends...

If you would like an account (not by Richey, mind you - he died before he could put pen to paper) of the early circuses, rodeos and ramrods that took place over France, then I would imagine you mihg tlearn something new.

Only a small amount is by Richey, and that only up to the point where he bocomes operational again on 609 at Biggin. His style of writing is perhaps missed, as is his insight and candour when talking about him and his fellow pilots.

While i thought it pleasant enough, it didn't give me the feeling i got when i read "the most dangerous enemy" (which, if you don't have, i can recommend). Plus i think "Fighter Boys" by Patrick Bishop (which i am reading at the moment) will be a better read.

If there are better accounts of the Rhubarbs and circus ops of 41-43 (which i would also like to find) then i suggest you go for them instead.

Hope this helps

Sm

PS any books you (or anyone else) can recommend? Particularly German BoB or mid war accounts (the likes of Heinz Knoke for example)

fluke39
09-30-2003, 10:03 AM
Fighter boys was on my list of books to get 0 simply because of the reviews on amazon

unfortunately i have relatively few "novels" - most of my books are reference and the like -

huh! i just realised i got a book by norman franks - just looked up to my bookshelf noww

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XyZspineZyX
09-30-2003, 11:08 AM
Hi fluke39,

I've read both books - Fighter Pilot and Fighter Pilot's Summer, get the latter its well worth a read. Any book by Norman Franks is a must in my opinion. If you're interested in early war RAF experiences, read Franks' 'Valiant Wings.' It's the gallant story of the fate of the A.A.S.F's Fairey Battle and Blenheim squadrons in France in 1939/40...glorious but tragic.

Incidentally, we've recreated the Battle of France, and are using Paul Richie's account as our main source of information. Check out our French map in one of our squadron's Briefing Rooms.

S/Ldr. Ginger,
C.O. - No.601 Fighter Squadron, Auxiliary Air Force.

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