Book Review: Jet pilot’s memoir


Book Review: A Passion For Flying – 50 Years In The Cockpit by Gp Capt Tom Eeles, Pen & Sword, sbk, illus, 148pp, £12.99.

In this interesting autobiography, Gp Capt Tom Eeles reflects on his many years of flying military jets. Beginning his training in January 1962 on the Jet Provost, he gained his wings the following year. His first posting was to No.16 Squadron flying the English Electric Canberra. Deployed to Malaya, his unit carried out long-range day and night dive-bombing and strafing with sorties, attacking airfields on Java. Later he flew with the Royal Navy’s Fleet Air Arm, starting on the Hawker Hunter before progressing to the Blackburn Buccaneer. In 1972 he moved to 12 Squadron based at Honington, and three years later he once again flew Hunters, this time with 79 Squadron. After commanding 237 OCU, again flying Buccaneers from Lossiemouth, he eventually retired from the service as Group Captain in 1997. He continued to fly with 5 AEF until September 2010, completing a remarkable half-century in RAF uniform, and concluding a gripping story.

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