1 Group Bomber Command (Hardback)
An Operational Record
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During the period immediately before the Second World War, the RAF modified its command structure to rationalize for rapid expansion. Bomber Command was divided into six operational groups, each flying the same type of aircraft, including Wellingtons, Sterlings, and Lancasters. Chris Ward presents us here with the history of 1 Group Bomber Command, having previously acquainted us with the histories of 3, 4, 5, and 6 Groups in four highly acclaimed volumes, published by Pen and Sword. He continues with characteristic ease, quality of research, and narrative pace, to present us with an operational record of the groups activities during a particularly dramatic period of aviation history.
The book contains individual squadron statistics, their commanding officers, stations and aircraft losses. It provides an exhaustive reference for one of the RAF's most important operational groups.
The narrative gives a clear picture of how Bomber Command's effectiveness slowly improved, from it must be said a very low start early in the strategic bombing campaign, when the Command was lucky if more than a handful of its aircraft hit their official target on any particular raid.History of War, John Rickard
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There has clearly been so much work put into compiling this detailed history, it is one I would describe as a must have for anyone interested in the history of Bomber Command during WWII.Military Modelling
1 Group Bomber Command is a great reference book for every person interested in the history of this Bomber Command unit. It provides the reader with a myriad of facts and the opportunity to compare the records of a single squadron with another. Overviews like the individual aircraft histories will be of great use for amateur researchers. It is an astonishing achievement by the authors to gather and combine so much information in one book.Go2War2.com
Chris Ward provides a comprehensive description of the group's activities during a particularly dramatic period of aviation history. This book contains individual squadron statistics and provides an exhaustive reference for one of the RAF's most important operational groups.Royal Air Force News
What makes this book stand out for me is the meticulous research that puts a human face on the endeavours of 1 Group, Bomber Command. ... The book is an easy read, with a wealth of details that make it more than just a chronology. I enjoyed it and it should appeal to readers with an interest in the Royal Air Force, Bomber Command and its Groups, and the Second World War in general.Army Rumour Service
Excellent. Highly recommended.British Military History website