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Old 19th June 2019, 19:44
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Bomber Squadron - Men Who Flew with XV Squadron

Not yet published.

https://www.casematepublishers.com/f...-squadron.html


Usual disclaimer,
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Old 20th June 2019, 02:05
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Re: Bomber Squadron - Men Who Flew with XV Squadron

Does anyone know what the differences are (if any) between this new edition and the first edition (published, I think, by William Kimber in 1987)?
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Old 20th June 2019, 08:54
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Re: Bomber Squadron - Men Who Flew with XV Squadron

We are seeing more publishers failing to tell us if a book is a reprint if this is indeed the case. Both Kimber in 1987 & Schiffer in 2004 published a similar book by the same author.....
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Old 20th June 2019, 17:01
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Re: Bomber Squadron - Men Who Flew with XV Squadron

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We are seeing more publishers failing to tell us if a book is a reprint if this is indeed the case. Both Kimber in 1987 & Schiffer in 2004 published a similar book by the same author.....
Yes indeed. Trying to not get fooled (again).
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Old 15th July 2019, 19:28
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Re: Bomber Squadron - Men Who Flew with XV Squadron

Was on Fonthill's website and found the following:
https://www.fonthill.media/collectio...th-xv-squadron


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  • Previously unpublished personal diaries reveal the day-to-day life of British aircrews during the Second World War, based on their personal diaries, which were written at the time
  • Revisiting a revised look at a popular out of print publication with fresh material such as new characters and chapters
  • Historically rich in detail with previously unpublished photographs of many of the characters involved
  • A welcome return of an updated version of a book first published over thirty years

So according to the blurb, updated.


How much is new is still open to question.
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Old 15th July 2019, 19:40
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Re: Bomber Squadron - Men Who Flew with XV Squadron

Thanks Orwell1984!

Might have to find it in a brick and mortar store to have a look and see if there's enough new material to warrant a purchase.
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Re: Bomber Squadron - Men Who Flew with XV Squadron

Hello,

Don't have a copy of the original, so can't make a direct comparison, but ...

Martyn Ford-Jones makes the following comments in the new edition (2019), of Bomber Squadron Men Who Flew With XV Squadron:

Acknowledgements (p.10)

There are three new chapters in this edition, the first being that relating to Pilot Officer Leonard O'Hara (pp.46-68) ... The second new chapter is the story of Arthur Edgley (pp.97-130) ... The third new chapter is that relating to Group Captain Michael Wyatt, DFC (pp.69-85).

So, new content is significant.

Total page count is 272.

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Old 16th July 2019, 20:28
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Re: Bomber Squadron - Men Who Flew with XV Squadron

Good article on author Martyn Ford-Jones and the new edition.

"Martyn Ford-Jones from Haydon Wick became the official historian of XV Squadron after the 74-year-old wrote a comprehensive history about 15 of its members shortly after he moved to Swindon in 1984. Due to a disinterested publisher convinced that war books didn't sell, the Bomber Squadron: Men Who Flew With XV Squadron collection fell out of print and was left to languish on Martyn's shelves.

However, after travelling far and wide to help the distressed family of American pilot Leonard O'Hara, who died fighting for England, find out what happened to his body, he's revised and republished the book.

Martyn said: "This is the only story in the book where the person involved didn't survive the war. I included it to show the impact that such a loss can have on families so many years later, some of his relatives died without knowing what happened, and many of the people I wrote about and were good friends with are no longer with us so we have to keep their memories alive.

"Leonard's family got in touch with me 18 months ago because all they knew was that he'd served in XV Squadron in 1942, so I pieced together his trail. He'd joined the Canadian Air Force and was deployed to England because he was desperate to fight in the war but the USA hadn't joined it yet. His plane went down over the sea near Holland, though the land there has since been reclaimed and turned into farmland so we visited the farm and could actually pick up the pieces of the wreckage, which was a very emotional experience."

https://www.swindonadvertiser.co.uk/...mber-squadron/
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