His memoirs, Sky Spy, are well worth a read. My signed copy is a personal treasure among my book collection.
It did equally sterling service in the Western Desert and Burma when it was given suitable fighter cover. Indeed it was very similar in size and performance to the Hs126 used by the Krauts in France in 1940 - a campaign in which they protected their recce aircraft but we didn't protect ours, with entirely predictable results.The Lysander doing sterling service inserting SOE in to France.
I wouldn't call the Lysander pretty, utilitarian, effective, functional yes, but pretty no. Admittedly for those lifted to safety it must have looked amazing. As you say it really did a hell of a job and was no doubt flown by lads with brass bollocks.