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  • DazDaMan
    Rank 5 Registered User
    • Aug 2003
    • 18706

    RAF photo-reconnaissance operations

    Can anyone recommend some good books on RAF photo-recce missions? Pilot biographies etc?

    I've already read Warburton's War, which was a fascinating read.
    Last edited by DazDaMan; 9th March 2019, 09:34.
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  • bazv
    olde rigger
    • Feb 2005
    • 5875

    #2
    Skyspy by Ray Holmes is quite a nice autobio - he was a pre war VR pilot and then operational fighter pilot who later did a tour on Recce Spitfires,I have not read it for years so hope I got those details correct.

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    • bazv
      olde rigger
      • Feb 2005
      • 5875

      #3
      Combat and Competition by David Ince is another interesting autobio by (originally) an Army Officer (a 'Broon Fokker') who managed to get on an Army Co-op pilots course in spite of not meeting eyesight standards.He was destined for Mustangs in the Army Co-op role and then managed to transfer to the RAF where he became a Typhoon Pilot who specialised in low level Fighter Recce and not averse to local modifications on the 'Tiffy'.Post war he became a Glider Pilot ('competition').

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      • DazDaMan
        Rank 5 Registered User
        • Aug 2003
        • 18706

        #4
        Cheers for those suggestions.
        Daren Cogdon

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        • NukieBrown
          Rank 2 Registered User
          • May 2014
          • 2

          #5
          'Eyes of the RAF' A history of photo-reconnaissance by Roy Conyers Nesbit ISBN 1-85833-389-X is well worth looking at.

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          • RJH
            RJH
            Rank 5 Registered User
            • Feb 2015
            • 79

            #6
            Evidence in Camera by Constance Babbington Smith. If you can find a copy that is. Published in 1958, I remember reading this as a teenager from the library (not in 1958 though - a liitle later !). She was the one that found the V1 flying bombs at Peenemunde on the photos taken by PR. I suspect that Eyes of the RAF would cover a lot of what she had written though !

            Also Most Secret War by R.V. Jones which has quite a few mentions of PR, especially the Bruneval raid. Must be one of the most fascinating books ever written about the 2nd world war anyway, if you haven't already read it.

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            • Fournier Boy
              Rank 5 Registered User
              • Mar 2007
              • 1041

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              • DazDaMan
                Rank 5 Registered User
                • Aug 2003
                • 18706

                #8
                I've just seen Sandy's Spitfire recently advertised on Facebook - so will definitely have to get hold of that one.
                Daren Cogdon

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                • Ant.H
                  Rank 5 Registered User
                  • Jan 2000
                  • 3057

                  #9
                  Not a book as such, but papers of RAF Historical Society lectures/seminars are available on the RAF Museum website and the following link to a 1991 event is a very interesting read:

                  https://www.rafmuseum.org.uk/documen...ce-in-WWII.pdf
                  "Talking about airplanes is a very pleasant mental disease." Sergei Sikorsky

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