It was Ben Quilty's portrait of John Oddie in an Australian War memorial exhibition showing the image of a haunted man that brought me to this book. While its intensity may not match the painting (for me there was too much technical information I couldn't follow), we do get quite a bit of insight into the emotional cost of Oddie's experiences and responsibilities Flight Command gives an overview of his military career from recruitment to retirement; from the technical aspects of operating military hardware to dealing with personnel and reducing the risks they face in a high risk occupation. It also shows the emotional cost that is felt most keenly when constant pressure is removed. For me the strong points of this book were the parts showing the more human aspects of Oddie's military service, how people were affected by what they saw and what they did. And also the effects of knowing they couldn't do enough when a need was too large or a bad situation was unpreventable.