This is a interesting, inclusive well written book on the Handley Page Halifax, the second most important Bomber Command aircraft of the Second World War.
Lake starts with a good introduction to the bombing war, and a comparison between the Halifax and the Avro Lancaster. He follows with two chapters on the Halifax's role in the main bomber offensive, then moves on to look at its many other roles with the Pathfinders, SOE, No.100 Group carrying out Electronic Counter Measures, as a glider tug and with Coastal Command. What emerges is a picture of a versatile aircraft well suited to its multiple roles.
The book is well illustrated, with some very good pictures of the Halifax and excellent plans. Two appendixes provide a complete list of Halifax units and a series of RAF orders of battle giving snapshots what the Halifax was doing at several key moments.,
This book will be of use to anyone with an interest in the Halifax or in the air war during the Second World War. It gives a good feel of the wide range of duties that an aircraft could be asked to perform, and how well the Halifax was adapted to these multiple duties.
Author: Jon Lake