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HughAHalliday
8th December 2008, 11:06
May I commend to readers the following book: "Missing Believed Killed: The Royal Air Force and the Search for Missing Aircrew 1919-1952" by Stuary Hadaway Pen and Sword Books., 47 Church Street, Barnsley, South Yorkshire, S70 2AS (ISBN 978-1-84415-734-1), 19.99. It is extremely well researched and written, moving and informative. To quote but one passage, "In the age before computer databases, DNA testing, or any form of effective biometric records, the Air Ministry went out to search for 70,000 needles in an unimaginably large haystack. More incredibly still, for the most part they found them."

jonny
9th December 2008, 21:38
Funnily enough, I too, have just finished this book. It certainly opened my eyes to a little known portion of the allied effort. A thoroughly good read that I finished in 2 sittings.

namrondooh
10th December 2008, 00:44
Interestingly, it was through the National Archives of Australia R.A.A.F. casualty evacuation file - enclosure about R.A.F. Missing Research & Enquiry Service reports that I was able to finaly establish what happened to my father in June 1944. A round about way which proved successful.

I recently bought a copy of the book in a well known U.K. Superstore (T) for a great deal less then P & S. Its an excellent read and I concur Hugh & Jonnys comments.

brian
10th December 2008, 17:12
Thanks for the nod, Hugh

Just ordered a copy.
Cheers
Brian