Books about National Service
For a generation of British teenagers, being 'called up' to do two years National Service during the postwar era of the 1940s/50s was an experience that defined their young lives. These books tell a few of their stories...
RAF humour
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Erks On Parade

by Graham Wise
A humorous look at the life of an ordinary RAF Airman in the 1950s
memoir
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Going Nowhere

by Tom Eadie


A young man's experiences at home and abroad with the Royal Artillery in Malaya 1946-57
RAF memoir
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In Defence of the Realm

by Peter Voyse


An erk-some account of the author's RAF National Service from 1954-56
military memoir
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Letters Home

By Edmund Hodges
A skilled artist on National Service in Egypt and Cyprus 1955/56 illustrates his letters with paintings and sketches
RAF memoir
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My 'Best Blue' Days

by Reg Chiddick


Enjoyable account of the author's RAF National Service in the 1950s
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National Service Erk

by Ronald Swain
A conscripted airman’s experiences with 148 Squadron 1952-3
RAF memoir
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RAF National Service in Six Movements

by Roy Taylor
A RAF National Serviceman's experiences in the 1950s
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RAF 'Plumber'

by Michael 'Andy' Anderton
Experiences with things that go bang ~ during 30 years as an RAF Armourer 1953-83
RAF memoir
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Return to Gan

by Michael Butler


An account of activities at RAF Gan in 1960-61 and of a recent return visit to see what remains of the former base
Fiction/RAF
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Safari Mzuri

by Brian J. Elliott


RAF National Servicemen have a wild time in 1960's Kenya in this entertaining tale
military memoir
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Sam Browne's Schooldays

by Berwick Coates
An enjoyable account of National Service in the British Army of the 1950s
RAF memoir
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The Other Royal Air Force

by Ray Clinton


An RAF airman's experiences in the UK and Egypt in the 1951-55
military fiction
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The Unknown Conscript

by Peter Saunders
An true-to-life tale of National Service recruits in Cyprus during the unrest of the 1950s
Cold War history
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We Blazed the Trail

edited by Robin Reid and Malcolm Cleverley 


The short but eventful history of the Civil Defence Experimental Mobile Column 1953/4
Autobiography / Local History
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Flying Upside Down

by Richard G. Walker
Memories of childhood / adolescence during and after WW2 in Stopsley, Bedfordshire and subsequent RAF National Service