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Battlefield Bombers: Deep Sea Attack (Hardback)

WWII Aviation in WWII

By Martin W Bowman
Imprint: Pen & Sword Aviation
Pages: 206
ISBN: 9781783831975
Published: 2nd October 2014



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Featuring a unique selection of wide-ranging experiences of British and Commonwealth Bomber Command aircrew during World War Two, this new release details the deep sea bombing raids that occurred within this time-frame. The enduring bravery and fortitude of these bomber pilots is communicated through a series of first-hand recollections, as is their humour and occasional cynicism. All reflect the ethos, fear and bravery of these ordinary men, most of whom were plucked from 'civvy street' and thrust into a frightening, bitter conflict which was made even more dangerous by the lethal advance of technology.

With characteristic self-effacing modesty, the pilots, gunners, navigators and engineers tell of acts of great heroism, of dreadful injuries bravely borne, and personal fears overcome in the heat of battle. A comprehensive account of RAF Bomber operations on the infamous German warship Tirpitz is included, alongside many other similarly dramatic episodes.

The gentle and unassuming narratives convey the sense of purpose that these men felt, employed in some of the most dangerous yet vital operations of the war. It is a fitting tribute to those that survived and the many thousands who died in the struggle against Hitler's dreadful ambitions in Europe.

The book contains 32 pages of black and white photographs, some of which I’ve seen before, but not all. The author has included several diagrams and charts detailing Fortress Squadron operations and actions undertaken against U-boats by specific Coastal Command units. There is no bibliography, which is a shame, but each chapter is footnoted to allow readers further avenues of research or context.

Given that the book is only 200 pages in length it would be disingenuous to suggest that this is the summit concerning the historical narrative for RAF Coastal Command in World War Two. However, this book is no less worthy of shelf space than those which suggest they are.

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World War Two, Andy Hill

This is an interesting new book from author Martin Bowman, as he uses veteran's stories to tell the tale of Coastal Command and the war against the U-boat and German coastal shipping during WWII. Bowman also illustrates the changes that took place, the results which were achieved and the defeat of the U-boat menace.

Military Modeling

The author has covered the full story of the deep sea attack capabilities and operations of Coastal Command and made a very good job of it. This is an enjoyable and very informative book for all those interested in maritime warfare and aviation. Highly recommended.


About Martin W Bowman

Martin W. Bowman is one of Britain’s best-known aviation historians and authors. His previous books have included works such as Legend of the Lancaster, Confounding the Reich, Duxford and the Big Wings, Clash of Eagles, Lost Wings of World War I and numerous titles in the exhaustive Air War series providing extensive coverage of operations carried out on D-Day and during the Market-Garden offensive at Arnhem. He lives in Norwich.

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