1 Group: Swift To Attack, Patrick Otter, Pen and Sword, 368pp, illus, hbk, £25, ISBN 9781781590942.
Writer and historian Patrick Otter presents a comprehensive and intensively researched account of the largely ‘forgotten heroes’ of the RAF’s 1 Group, Bomber Command, during World War Two. The accuracy and level of detail Patrick achieves is certainly not something you find in every book on this subject, and the narrative moves at a lively pace, charting operations, aircraft used, bases and incidents, with background details that set the unit’s exploits within the wider context of the unfolding war.
Above all, it is the human aspect of the story that shines so brightly. The sheer determination and bravery of young British, Commonwealth and Polish aircrews are relayed, making this an overdue tribute to those who contributed so much towards the ending of war in Europe. The book is complete with maps and numerous rarely seen photographs.