Review (not rated)
An intriguing start, then 250 pages of boring exposition, picking up a bit at the end. For a tale of wartime aviation Higgins makes a number of embarrassing research errors. On p. 58 (Penguin pb version), the Gloucester (sic!) Gladiator should be the Gloster Gladiator. It was not an open cockpit biplane but had a sliding hood. Same page: "…fighters were outdated. The most modern planes the Russians could come up with were a few FW190s…" In 1939-40 the Fw 190, the most awesome prop fighter of the Luftwaffe from 1941 on, was barely leaving the prototype stage and was certainly not 'outdated', much less in the hands of the Russians. German aircraft designations are consistently misspelled: FW190, ME109 (should be Fw 190, Me 109). And on p. 322, Bubi …"clambered into the cockpit [of an Me 109], not bothering with a parachute…". I must confess to LOL here. Since an Me 109 pilot sat on his parachute, Bubi would barely have been able to peer over the cockpit sill… Errors like these ruin the credibility of the tale, don't you think?