Book Review – Westland Lysander, 1936-46 (all marks), Owner’s Workshop Manual

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This new addition to the publisher’s fine range of aviation titles has received the Haynes Workshop Manual treatment. A lavishly illustrated work, this book features full colour throughout and some excellent sketches and drawings. Happily the interesting subject is still represented by a handful of aircraft that have been restored to flying condition and work the air show circuits. The author may be unknown to aviation enthusiasts, but has excellent credentials as a wordsmith. He worked for the RNLI for 28 years and is remembered for his work in presenting the world’s foremost lifeboat service as the RNLI Director of Public Relations. On retiring from the RNLI he has written some excellent books on lifeboats and branched out into writing about WWII intelligence operations. His family includes Admiral Wake-Walker who was Senior Naval Officer at Dunkirk who transferred his Flag to MTB102 when his destroyer was sunk under him. MTB102 was the Vosper prototype for the hundreds of gunboats and torpedo boats built during WWII by Vospers. At the time, the skipper of MTB102 was still working on the tactical manuals for Coastal Forces and went across to Dunkirk to see what he could do to help. MTB102 was one of the last vessels to leave Dunkirk, having survived many attacks by German aircraft, including a 500kg bomb dropped by a dive bomber, exploding within three feet of the transom.

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