This is an extraordinary story of a great patriot and philanthropist who has, until now, escaped the attention of historians. Her reach and generosity are amazing, although perhaps of the time she lived in and the society in which she grew. An outstanding story of an outstanding woman, Highly Recommended.
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In summary, this is an excellent and very well-written work and would be of great interest to anyone interested in service life in the Post-WWII Royal Air Force. The previously-mentioned technical faults notwithstanding, I would suggest it may even been worthy of the appellation ‘Classic’.
On a Rating Scale where 1: Very Poor, 10: Excellent, I would give it an 8.
NZ Crown Mines - Keith Rimmer
Called up by the army in August 1939 David Greville-Heygate operated a searchlight until commissioned at Sandhurst. Posted to the Loyals in Portsmouth he had ‘a bit of a row’ with his Brigadier and labelled an Army Rebel. After training as an Army Co-operation pilot he flew No. 16 Squadron Lysanders and Mustangs. Photographs he took of Northern France were used to plan the D-Day landings.
Later, declared unfit for high flying, David worked as an instructor until December 1944 when he was posted to Holland to fly Typhoons with No.168 Squadron. A lucky break saw him transfer to No.2 Squadron and for the rest of the war David flew photo-recce Spitfires recording German troop movements.