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Airmen of Arnhem (Hardback)

WWII Aviation Aviation in WWII Arnhem Biographies Victoria Crosses

By Martin Bowman
Imprint: Pen & Sword Aviation
Pages: 336
Illustrations: 60
ISBN: 9781526746115
Published: 4th November 2019

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Martin Bowman presents us here with an unparalleled account of events as they unfolded in the skies above Holland during Operation ‘Market-Garden’ in September 1944. ‘Market-Garden’ was a heroic failure conducted at great cost; combined losses - both airborne and ground forces - in killed, wounded and missing amounted to more than 17,000.

‘Market’, the airborne part of the operation, spanned ten Allied lifts in a calamitous nine days of operations, often in foul weather. Over the course of Operation ‘Market’, 4,050 aircraft saw employment; most of them towed the 1,205 Hamilcar and Horsa gliders and were confronted by an unknown number of Luftwaffe aircraft.

Stories of individual heroism punctuate this narrative, such as that of David Lord, a RAF Dakota pilot who was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross. Tales such as these humanise a period of wartime history that is often reduced to mere facts.

There is no doubting the gallant and valorous contribution of the airmen of Arnhem - the RAF Dakota, Stirling, Halifax, Albemarle, Horsa, Hamilcar and Glider Pilot Regiment crews together with those of the USAAF C-47 Troop Carrier Groups of the IX US Troop Carrier Command, the Waco and Horsa gliders, and the B-24 Liberator re-supply crews. All of their incredible, illuminating and often understated accounts of extraordinary courage, camaraderie, shared terror and encounters with the enemy offer a more personalised view of ‘Market’ and are complemented by the author’s background information that give an overall picture of each air operation.

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The Armourer, February 2020

This is a book that is written about a different aspect of arnhem, about those who flew the aircraft that dropped the troops.
It is packed full of amazing stories about the forgotten airmen and has much information about these brave hero's.
This book is for the aircraft enthusiastic and also for those wanting a different view of the battle.
Very very recommended.

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Amazon Customer, Richard Domoney-Saunders

There are a couple of sets of archive photos included and the level of detail within the text, especially with the individual stories of pilots and aircrew and their experiences which make good reading, and for many of them, what I think is an appropriate memorial to the sacrifice that many of them made in their dedication to get their cargo delivered. If you have an interest in Market Garden, then I think this is one you should read.

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Military Model Scene, Robin Buckland

This is a good review of the Market Garden operation that focuses on the important role of the airmen who delivered the airborne troops and maintained their supply. Often the logistic support role is obscured by the heroism of the ground troops but this book balances the ledger to give due weight to the role of the airmen in Market Garden. A good and easy read that brings together the overview and adds value to the story.

Michael McCarthy. Battlefield Guide

Michael McCarthy

About Martin Bowman

Martin Bowman is one of Britain’s foremost aviation historians and has written many books and articles.

He lives in Norwich .

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