Buccaneer Boys – True tales by those who flew the ‘last all-British bomber’, Air Cdre Graham Pitchfork, Grub Street, 224pp, illus, hbk, £20, ISBN 9781909166110.
Former Buccaneer navigator and FlyPast contributor Air Cdre Graham Pitchfork is in a better position than most to reflect on experiences of flying in the famously robust British jet. In this absorbing book, he presents the stories of 24 aircrew who manned the low-level strike aircraft with the Fleet Air Arm, the RAF and the South African Air Force (SAAF). Arranged in chronological order, it traces the history of the Buccaneer and the tasks it fulfilled.
The author also provides an insight into the lifestyle of a squadron and explains exactly what it meant to be a ‘Buccaneer Boy’. One of the chapters addresses the intensive but little-known Bush War operations by 24 SAAF Squadron on the borders of Angola. Well illustrated throughout, the book concludes with accounts of the jet’s final days in RAF service and reflects on its impact and legacy.