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Men of the Bombers (Hardback)

Aviation World War Two Aviation

By Ralph Barker
Imprint: Pen & Sword Aviation
Pages: 224
ISBN: 9781844151578
Published: 30th March 2005
Last Released: 1st August 2007

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This is a selection of ten remarkable true accounts of unusual incidents and happenings to Bomber Command aircrew during World War Two. It covers operations of varying natures, such as one of the first leaflet dropping raids during the 'Phoney War' when the elderly Whitley bomber proved to be a nightmare on long flights and when the crews suffered more from lack of oxygen and heating than from enemy action. The fascinating story of a famous MP who used his influence to become a tail gunner at the age of 55 and who lost his life trying to stop German Panzers before Dunkirk proves remarkable reading and a famous name in cricket, Bill Edrich, recounts his days flying low-level daylight raids in Bristol Blenheims during 1941. Then there is a young New Zealander, Jimmy Ward, who climbed out onto a Wellington bomber's wing at considerable altitude to extinguish an engine fire and how despite his own modesty he was awarded a VC. Other stories tell of amazing escapes from burning aircraft, the heroism of aircrew who sacrificed their own lives so that others may survive and how a mid-upper gunner took the controls of a Mitchell B-25 to pilot her safely home.

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About Ralph Barker

Ralph Barker was a respected author and historian. After serving with the RAF in WW2 and later at the Air Historical Branch, he retired to write fulltime in 1961. Over more than fifty years he penned twenty eight volumes. Books such as Strike Hard, Strike Sure (1963, 1990), The Blockade Busters (1976, 2005) and Men of the Bombers (2005) established him as an outstanding narrator of tales of human courage. Bill Lancaster: The Final Verdict was first published in 1969(Harrap) as Verdict on a Lost Flyer.

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