The extraordinary story of the Aussie men of Bomber Command in the air and on the ground.
More than 10,000 Australians served with Bomber Command, a highly trained band of elite flyers who undertook some of the most dangerous operations of World War II. They flew raid after raid over France and Germany knowing that the odds were against them. Stretched to breaking point, nearly 3500 died in the air. Their bravery in extreme circumstances has barely been recognised.
Peter Rees traces the extraordinary achievements of these young aviators. He tells their hair-raising stories of battle action and life on the ground. And he recounts how, when they returned to Australia, they were greeted as Jap dodgers and accused of 'hiding in England while we were doing it tough'.
Exciting, compelling and full of life, Lancaster Men is a powerful tribute to these forgotten Australian heroes of World War II.
About the Author
Peter Rees was a journalist for more than forty years, working as federal political correspondent for the Melbourne Sun, the West Australian and the Sunday Telegraph. He is the author of The Boy from Boree Creek: The Tim Fischer Story (2001), Tim Fischer's Outback Heroes (2002), Killing Juanita: a true story of murder and corruption (2004), and The Other Anzacs: The Extraordinary story of our World War I Nurses (2008 and 2009) and Desert Boy: Australians at War from Beersheba to Tobruk to El Alamein (2011 and 2012). He is currently working on a biography of Charles Bean to be published in 2015.
Rees has an eye for technical detail and a passion for the people involved. Lancaster Men is a rare blend of ripping yarn and historical reference. Herald Sun Rees has been a journalist for more than four decades and displays tremendous ability to convert firsthand interviews, family recollections, diaries, archival documents and post-war footage into a well-written, fluent account. Courier Mail Serious examination of Australians in Bomber Command in both books is offset well with humour and not a little wonder. Weekend Australian Rees will have many readers for this excellent account of Australians in Bomber Command. Some of them, like me, might think they know a bit about this when they pick up the book. Others are coming to the topic for the first time. Both categories of readers are in for a big surprise. Canberra Times
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Number Of Pages: 448
Published: 1st September 2013
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.3 x 3.4
Weight (kg): 0.62
Edition Number: 1