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Bombs Away (Kindle)

Dramatic First Hand Accounts of British and Commonwealth Bomber Aircrew in WW2

WWII Aviation World War Two Aviation

By Martin Bowman
Imprint: Pen & Sword Aviation
File Size: 6.2 MB (.mobi)
Pages: 224
ISBN: 9781783032730
Published: 2nd March 2010

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This is a unique selection of wide-ranging experiences of British and Commonwealth Bomber Command aircrew during World War II. Their endearing bravery and fortitude and sometimes their despondency and cynicism, shows through in these stirring, daring, often irreverent, humorous and sometimes sardonic but memorable stories. All reflect the ethos, camaraderie, fear and bravery of the largely 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. Death would normally come from an anonymous assassin, either in the black of night, or from behind a cloud or out of the sun, or simply from the Flak gunner on the ground. And, if all this was not enough, the often unmerciful weather was no respecter of mortality.

There was no escaping the all-embracing shock wave that rippled through the bomber squadrons after a heavy mauling over enemy territory. Nothing could be more poignant than the vacuous places at tables in the depleted mess halls, the empty locker of the departed, or the dog pining by the barracks for its missing master. Each man had to deal with tragedy in his own inimitable way. Some hid their feelings better than others did only for the pain to resurface months or even years later. Some who had survived the physical pressures and who completed their tours then succumbed to the mental torture that had eaten away at their psyche during the incessant and interminable onslaught day after day, night after night. There was little respite. The valorous men of Bomber Command were, in turn, the Light Brigade, the stop gap, the riposte, the avengers, the undefeated. Always, they were expendable.

Martin Bowman plus ccontributors including Basil Craske, Bruce Sanders, Dudley Heal, Tom Wingham DFC, Bruce Sanders, John Mattey, Bob Davies AFC, Neville S. C. Donmall, Harry Wheeler, Ken Westrope, Malcolm Scott DFC and Dennis J. Gill

Yet another compelling book by this acclaimed author, it contains first hand accounts of individual Bomber Command aircrew, tantalisingly inviting you into their lives and how they coped with the overwhelming pressures of continuous operational sorties into enemy Europe. Each chapter has been superbly researched and supplemented with many explanatory notes and fine b & w photographs. Recommended.

Air Mail Oct-Dec 2011

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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