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Bomber Aircrew in World War II (ePub)

Aviation > WWII

By Bruce Barrymore Halpenny
Imprint: Pen & Sword Maritime
File Size: 4.5 MB (.epub)
Pages: 240
ISBN: 9781783035403
Published: 20th January 2004


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Aircrew on a bomber in World War II experienced a cold, tiring and perilous existence. The RAF flew at night, when the human spirit is at its lowest ebb and for many it did not seem prudent to think further ahead than the target, and then hope for a safe return. Daytime raids brought the fear of defending fighters preying on the massed formations of heavily laden aircraft as they struggled over enemy territory. The ground crew saw their aircraft heave themselves into the air and their imagination filled the silent hours until they counted in the returning aircraft and saw the ravages of the enemy defences and the hazards of foul weather. This is their story.

There have been many books on the RAF operations of WWII but seldom one which describes so graphically what it was like to suffer the woundings and death of being pinned to pieces of a Lancaster fuselage falling in flames from 20,000 feet over Germany. This is done through the words of individual aircrew describing over twenty raids over Europe. The detail of various operations,their targets and the return flights which wounded pilots and crew, some to bale out or crash on landing, gave an immediacy which is both moving and horrifying.

The Eagle

As reviewed in

No 72 Squadron Association Newsletter

As mentioned in

Lincolnshire Life

This superb collection of first hand accounts provided by veteran RAF aircrew and support staff, together with a full account of all Bomber Command's Victoria Cross awards and a section detailing the development of the bomber airfield, make this compelling reading.

Family History Monthly
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