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Spies in the Sky: The Secret Battle for…

Spies in the Sky: The Secret Battle for Aerial Intelligence During World…

by Taylor Downing

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This book by Taylor Downing, a television producer and author of Churchill's War Lab, claims that "the photo interpreters working at Medmenham invented nothing less than a completely new science". According to Downing, their work was "more important to the outcome of the war than that of the Bletchley Park codebreakers". Most bullishly of all, we are told that "80% of all intelligence in world war II came from aerial photography". This factoid perhaps deserves a medal from the Ministry of Made-up Statistics. On page 335 of his book, Downing admits that the oft-repeated claim is in fact extrapolated from one American's statement specifically about the supply route from Burma to China.
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The story of Danesfield House. known as RAF Medmenham, has much in common with that of Bletchley Park, home of the code breakers who succeded in listening in to the enemy's most intimate communications.
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This title tells the story of the partner organisation to the famous code-breaking centre at Bletchley Park. It tells of the daring reconnaisance pilots who took aerial photographs over occupied Europe and of the photo interpreters who invented a new science to analyse these pictures.… (more)

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