Under A Bomber's Moon (Paperback)
The True STory of Two Airmen at War Over Germany
They were the best of enemies – dedicated, skilled and deadly. In the night skies above wartime Germany an RAF navigator-bomb aimer and a Luftwaffe pilot sought out their targets, testing the gap between success and their own destruction as they crossed each other’s paths. The odds were heavily against either of them making it through the war, but as the sobering realization displaced their initial exuberant sense of adventure, both came to see in their youthful sacrifice the survival of all they held dear.
Under a Bomber’s Moon reaches across the divide of years, of geography, of nationality, to tell their story largely in their own words – describing both the breathtaking clashes in the air and the camaraderie, humour, patriotism and personal tragedies that became their war. Stephen Harris began his journey of discovery because he wanted to know the truth of his great-uncle Colwyn Jones’s fate. With Col’s vividly written letters and diary as a startingpoint, he set out to discover what really happened on the night Col’s extraordinary luck ran out. Little did he know that his quest would lead him to a meeting with a former Luftwaffe pilot who was pitted against his great-uncle in the skies over Germany.
Otto-Heinrich Fries proved to be both engaging and articulate, eventually allowing Harris to tell his story in this book. The result is a unique and personal account of two highly successful airmen from opposing sides.
An interesting piece of background to the strategic bombing offensive over Germany.Aeromilitaria - Winter 2011
The Final Mission A Boy, A Pilot, Lt.Col. Henery (Paperback)
In July 1944, Lt. Henry Supchak was flying his second-to-last mission over Germany when his B-17 bomber, Priority Gal, was hit by antiaircraft fire, disabling two engines and wounding him in the thigh. He attempted to reach neutral Switzerland, but was forced instead to order his eight crewmen to bail out over Austria. As Supchak prepared to abandon his aircraft he saw that it was on a collision course with an Alpine village. He instinctively got back into his seat, adjusted the controls, and barely escaped before the plane exploded at the base of a mountain. He parachuted into a pasture where…By Elizabeth Hoban, Henry Supchak
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