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Bomber Crew: Taking on the Reich by John…

Bomber Crew: Taking on the Reich

by John Sweetman

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Sweetman collected anecdotes from letters, diaries and memoirs to give the reader an impression of what it was like to fly over the Channel to enemy territory to face the terror of enemy fighters and flak. He found many stories of heroism by crew members especially by pilots who flew to their death trying to keep their plane in the air long enough for the crew to bail out. Other men crawled out on their aircraft's wing to try and put out fires.

He includes memories of wives and girlfriends who lost husbands and lovers.

Good collection of stories from Bomber Command, many of which I had read about in other sources but he also found some I had not seen before. ( )
  lamour | Sep 13, 2016 |
Excellent, well researched book. The tales of the bomber crews are thought provoking, sad, exciting and tragic. The heroism of the men and their respect for each other and their crews strongly comes through. War is a terrible thing, but sometimes brings out an extraordinary side to people ( )
  PIER50 | Feb 18, 2013 |
Really liked this. My Grandfy navigated for the lancasters and also Halifax's. He was part of the path finders and reading these kind of books makes me thing how brave he and his crew mates where. ( )
  communityfriend | Mar 20, 2008 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0349117969, Paperback)

From the withdrawal from Dunkirk in 1940 to the Allied invasion of Germany four and a half years later, RAF Bomber Command was the only British force to strike directly at the enemy homeland. During raids, bomber crews were confined to cramped quarters, buffeted by flak, and at the mercy of storms, high winds, prowling fighters, and equipment malfunction. Bomber Crew vividly portrays the wartime experiences of these young men and the loved ones they so often left behind.

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This is an account of the lives and raids of British bomber crews during the Second World War, based on original research and written by the best-selling author of 'The Dambusters'. John Sweetman examines the highs and lows of the bomber's missions, the complexities of their friendships, and much more.… (more)

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