Mosquito Night Intruder Ace

Wing Commander Bertie Rex O’Bryen Hoare DFC & Bar, DSO & Bar

Danny Burt

This is the biography of one of the RAF's greatest characters of the Second World War.
Date Published :
April 2023
Publisher :
Air World
Illustration :
Approximately 100 black and white illustrations
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Binding. : Hardback
ISBN : 9781399017862
Pages : 240
Dimensions : 9.2 X 6.1 inches
Stock Status : Not Yet Published. Available for Pre-Order


Bertie Rex O’Bryen Hoare was born on 6 June 1912. Having been educated at Harrow and Wye Agricultural College, ‘Sammy’, as he was often known to friends and family, entered the RAF on a short-service commission in 1936.

In October 1938, while piloting a Fairy Battle Bertie sustained a serious injury from a piece of loose piece of aircraft cowling. This incident resulted in him being totally blinded in one eye. Though he was initially grounded, his determination to return to the air never diminished. The outbreak of war in September 1939, saw his wish be granted when Bertie was given permission to return to operational flying duties.

Bertie was posted to 23 Squadron, which was flying Blenheims at the time. The squadron then converted to Havocs, the crews being tasked with undertaking out nighttime operations over Occupied Europe. Despite his restricted night vision and depth perception, Bertie went on to became one of the RAF’s leading advocates in the art of what was known as ‘intruder operations’.

In the months and years that followed, Bertie served in, and then commanded, a number of RAF squadrons. By the time the war in Europe came to an end, he was the Station Commander at RAF Little Snoring in Norfolk – which, at the time, was home to de Havilland Mosquitos undertaking intruder operations.

Bertie opted to remain in the RAF after the war, this time being posted to 84 Squadron. However, his luck finally ran out on 26 March 1947, when the Mosquito he was ferrying to Australia crashed off its northern coast. Reported missing at the time, Danny Burt reveals the full circumstances of this tragic incident.

This is the biography of one of the RAF’s greatest characters of the Second World War. With his ‘epic’ over-sized mustache, Bertie Hoare was a pilot who, with the end of the fighting, had risen to the rank of Group Captain, been awarded the Distinguished Service Order and Bar, the Distinguished Flying Cross and Bar, and been Mentioned in Despatches. Bertie ended the war having flown over 100 combat sorties.

About The Author

Danny Burt joined the British Army at the age of 18. As a Fire Support Team member in the Royal Artillery he served in Kosovo, Bosnia, Iraq and Afghanistan, completing two tours in the latter theatre. Living in Lincolnshire, he is now a Joint Terminal Attack Controller evaluator. In his spare time, Danny collects and restores Second World War military vehicles and equipment.

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