Pathfinder Pilot (Hardback)
The Wartime Memoirs of Wing Commander R A Wellington DSO OBE DFC
As featured by the Daily Express, 31/10/20
During the Second World War, 55,573 RAF Bomber Command aircrew were killed, a shocking 44.4% death rate. A further 8,500 were wounded and 9,800 became prisoners of war.
The author of this thrilling memoir defied the odds becoming one of the few Lancaster Captains to survive his quota of sixty bombing missions. ‘Wimpy’ Wellington’s skills must have been exceptional. After serving in 106 Squadron under the legendary Guy Gibson, he and his crew moved to the elite 83 Pathfinder Squadron. As readers will discover, they nightly diced with death surviving enemy fighters, intense flak and mechanical problems.
On completion of flying duties Wellington was sent to the USA and South America to bolster support for the Allied cause.
The prolonged strain of constant mortal danger, night-time sorties to distant targets such as Milan and the steady loss of comrades must have been immense. Yet the tone of this vivid flying memoir remains positive and modestly understated. His numerous decorations and achievements speak volumes and it is a huge privilege to publish Pathfinder Pilot.
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All-in-all this is an excellent unfiltered, authentic account from a typical Bomber Command flyer. In reading it one will be left with nothing but respect and admiration for the much-maligned men and women of a service arm who were pretty shoddily treated after the war ended. If this book plays a part in completing the rehabilitation of those who served with RAF Bomber Command then it will have done them – and us - a great service. Recommended.Phil Curme
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An amazing story of an amazing and extraordinarily courageous Lancaster pilot.Books Monthly
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