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The Pathfinders (Paperback)

Aviation > WWII WWII

By Sean Feast
Imprint: Key Publishing
Pages: 320
ISBN: 9781802822113
Published: 5th October 2022



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This definitive history of the Pathfinders and the role they played in World War Two takes an in-depth look at the elite unit, from its initial inception, and less than spectacular start, to its development as a precision instrument that transformed bomber operations. The aircraft, technology and weapons used are covered in full, as are the characters involved with the unit. The author also details the training and techniques deployed, in particular the emergence of the Master Bomber and Long-Stop systems. Finally, the Pathfinder Force’s contribution to victory is assessed. This comprehensive look at one of the war’s most fascinating units will give the reader a greater understanding of the unit’s vital contribution to the war and show how some of the techniques developed are still in use today.

"Overall, this is a well-written, fast-paced book, rich in detail and pertinent observations. It is a worthy chronicle of a brave band of men."

RAF Historical Society

This was a thoroughly good read and one I would happily recommend to anyone who was a fan of Bomber Command.

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The History Fella

The measure of a good book is one where the reader is not constantly backtracking in order to keep abreast of what the author is setting out to tell, and in Pathfinders – The Definitive Story, Sean Feast has succeeded in setting out in plain language the trials and tribulations that beset Bomber Command’s “Bombing Campaign” before the establishment of the Pathfinder Force in 1942.

All in all, Sean Feast has penned a fine tribute to the men who flew, and all too frequently died in the service of Bomber Command and No. 8 (Pathfinder) Group in particular.

Bill Chorley
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