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Mosquito Night Intruder Ace (ePub)

Wing Commander Bertie Rex O’Bryen Hoare DSO & Bar, DFC & Bar

Aviation > WWII Military > Biographies WWII

By Danny Burt
Imprint: Air World
File Size: 62.9 MB (.epub)
Pages: 240
ISBN: 9781399017879
Published: 7th February 2023


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Bertie Rex O’Bryen Hoare was born on 6 June 1912. Having been educated at Harrow and Wye Agricultural College, ‘Sammy’, as he was often known to friends and family, entered the RAF on a short-service commission in 1936.

In October 1938, whilst piloting a Fairey Battle, Bertie sustained a serious injury from a piece of loose aircraft cowling. This incident resulted in him being totally blinded in one eye. Though he was initially grounded, his determination to return to the air never diminished. The outbreak of war in September 1939 saw his wish be granted when Bertie was given permission to return to operational flying duties.

Bertie was posted to 23 Squadron, which was flying Blenheims at the time. The squadron then converted to Havocs, the crews being tasked with undertaking night-time operations over Occupied Europe. Despite his restricted night vision and depth perception, Bertie went on to became one of the RAF’s leading advocates in the art of what was known as ‘intruder operations’.

In the months and years that followed, Bertie served in, and then commanded, a number of RAF squadrons. By the time the war in Europe came to an end he was the Station Commander at RAF Little Snoring in Norfolk – which, at the time, was home to de Havilland Mosquitos undertaking intruder operations.

Bertie opted to remain in the RAF after the war, this time being posted to 84 Squadron. However, his luck finally ran out on 26 March 1947, when the Mosquito he was ferrying to Australia crashed off its northern coast. With Bertie reported missing at the time, Danny Burt reveals the full circumstances of this tragic incident.

This is the biography of one of the RAF’s greatest characters of the Second World War. With his ‘epic’ over-sized moustache, Bertie Hoare was a pilot who had risen to the rank of Group Captain, been awarded the Distinguished Service Order and Bar, the Distinguished Flying Cross and Bar, and been Mentioned in Despatches. Bertie ended the war having flown over 100 combat sorties.

"I really enjoyed this book….it is jam packed full of really interesting photographs & newspaper articles that not only tell Berties story but many of those he served with."

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Air Force Webinar Series

Most book on RAF during World War II, refer to large scale bombing over German cities. The little told story marauder lonely flights over enemy territory seen through the eyes of Danny Burt who has documented the story of Group Captain Burty Hoare hundred combat missions, who tragically disappeared in a post war flight across the Pacific. .
Page turner.

Richard Gough - Historian, writer, author of the Escape from Singapore, The jungle was Red, Outpost of the Empire, SOE Singapore 1941-42. Waiting publication Tony Poe, CIA Paramilitary in SE Asia.

As featured in

Scramble 1940 - Official Newsletter of the Battle of Britain Historical Society, Autumn/Winter 2023, Issue 168

As featured on Scale Modelling Now

Scale Modelling Now

5 Stars

The author is to be congratulated for bringing forward the story of a remarkable man and his experiences... I found this a very enjoyable book and would thoroughly recommend it.

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Army Rumour Service (ARRSE)

As featured in

The Bookseller, Jan 23

About Danny Burt

DANNY BURT joined the British Army at the age of 18. As a Fire Support Team member in the Royal Artillery he served in Kosovo, Bosnia, Iraq and Afghanistan, completing two tours in the latter theatre. Living in County Durham, having served nearly 23 years in the military, Danny has recently completed his MSc (Hons). In his spare time, Danny collects and restores Second World War British military motorbikes and equipment.

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