By Ian Hall
This full of life and informative narrative is interspersed with first-hand bills taken from interviews performed with the boys who made/make up the Squadron. the 1st twenty-five years of the Squadron's historical past have been spent on India's North-West Frontier, accordingly the Squadron motto 'First within the Indian Skies'. in the course of the moment international struggle, it was once occupied quite often within the center East and North Africa, earlier than relocating to the Burma theatre for the rest of the struggle. Upon returning to the united kingdom in 1948, the Squadron played communications tasks till, in 1955, it joined the chilly conflict in West Germany, working successively in reconnaissance and strike/attack roles. Operational deployment in recent times has obvious the Squadron deployed in the course of the Gulf warfare, the Iraq warfare, in Kosovo, and Afghanistan. With troops pulling out of Afghanistan in 2014, 31 Squadron have now accomplished a round heritage, and there turns out no greater time than now to devote it to print.
Each and each side of this lengthy and sundry historical past is relayed in a mode that serves to supply an account that's immediately celebratory and goal by way of recording not just the proof of a number of the deployments but in addition the non-public tales of the lads at the back of the headlines.
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A Goldstar Century: 31 Squadron RAF 1915-2015 by Ian Hall