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Rowland White
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5 Mushroom Heads
This superb book describes how 809 Squadron (Sea Harrier) was reformed as an emergency measure in April 1982 at the start of the Falklands War. One RN senior pilot was tasked with finding enough serviceable aircraft and sufficiently qualified pilots (some on exchange in far-flung places) to cover attrition in 800 and 801 Squadrons during the war. In the event, 809 was formed, trained and transported south on the MV Atlantic Conveyor ready to start carrier-based front-line combat by mid May.

This is a large volume; packed with information both technical, human and political and is complete with plenty of colour photographs - a few unseen until now - and some decent maps. Personal and official accounts of air combat, bombing and missile attacks and tactics are plentiful, as are fine details of the operations of all three UK Forces.

Despite the vast amount of information as described, there are bonuses in the form of intelligence and diplomatic events of the time - which reveal quite a few surprises particularly about our allies and enemies during the war!

This book is beautifully researched and written - a long and drawn-out review simply could not do it justice. A fitting tribute to the men, aircraft and ships involved and, in my opinion, is a 'must-read'. Rating: 5/5

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