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Bomber Aircrew of World War Ii : True Stories of Frontline Air Combat - HALPENNY BRUCE BARRYMORE

Bomber Aircrew of World War Ii

True Stories of Frontline Air Combat

Paperback Published: 20th January 2004
ISBN: 9781844150663
Number Of Pages: 240

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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.

Foreword
Development of the bomber airfieldp. 1
The bombsp. 40
Bomber command war themep. 48
Ops in a Wimpyp. 50
Bale outp. 60
That special breed of menp. 66
Learning the tradep. 70
Devotion to dutyp. 80
Mission to Geissenp. 84
Flying as a 'spare'p. 88
Four years in servicep. 92
The routine flightp. 102
The last letterp. 107
A Rhodesian's adventure over Stettinp. 111
Unkindly lightp. 114
Nuremberg raid, 30/31 March 1994p. 118
Failed to returnp. 125
The shuttle raids, 1943p. 133
Targets after D-dayp. 139
Our last trip : 227 Squadron, Baldertonp. 143
Tale of a tail gunnerp. 147
A pole in bomber command : Sergeant Drozdzp. 153
Special duty operator's diary : 101 Squadron, Ludford Magnap. 159
An erk in bomber commandp. 166
Destination Hanoverp. 177
Reflectionsp. 189
Airmen of RAF bomber squadrons who were awarded the VCp. 200
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ISBN: 9781844150663
ISBN-10: 1844150666
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 20th January 2004
Publisher: Pen & Sword Books Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.0 x 15.6  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.41