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RAF Trans­port Com­mand A Pic­to­rial His­tory by Keith Wil­son­ber­ £14.99 Pa­per­back, 95 pages, colour and black and white il­lus­tra­tions

The Royal Air Force Trans­port Com­mand was cre­ated in March 1943. While the RAF had car­ried out the func­tion pre­vi­ously, this for­malised and recog­nised the role. Trans­port Com­mand was to serve in and sup­port many theatres, in­clud­ing the Berlin air­lift, and de­liv­ery and/or col­lec­tion of troops and equip­ment rang­ing from Kenya to Christ­mas Is­land. It was re­named Sup­port Com­mand in 1967. Keith Wil­son’s book tells the story of Trans­port Com­mand us­ing a wealth of pho­to­graphs rarely seen be­fore. And judg­ing by the rapt ab­sorp­tion of a friend of the reviewer (who nor­mally has the at­ten­tion span of a gold­fish!) this book is fas­ci­nat­ing and does what it says. JA

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