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Under a Bomber's Moon : The True Story of Two Airmen at War Over Germany - Stephen Harris

Under a Bomber's Moon

The True Story of Two Airmen at War Over Germany

Paperback Published: 1st October 2009
ISBN: 9780908988235
Number Of Pages: 240

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They were the best of enemies – dedicated, skilled and deadly. In the night skies above wartime Germany, an RAF navigator-bomber from New Zealand and a Luftwaffe pilot seek out their targets, testing the gap between success and their own destruction as they cross each other's paths. The odds are heavily against either of them making it through the war, but as this sobering realisation displaces their initial exuberant adventurism, both come to see in their youthful sacrifice the survival of all they hold 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 fate. With Col's vividly written letters and diaries as a starting-point, 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 might well have engaged with his great-uncle in the skies over Germany. Otto-Heinrich Fries proved to be both co-operative 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.

Acknowledgements Glossary

Part One: BEARINGS

Journey Among Ghosts Ditching Landfall Home Bases A Lucky Enemy

Part Two: COMBAT

Flying Blind Firestorm On A Wing And A Prayer Inceptor The Hunter As Target

Part Three: RECKONING

Coping With Loss Aboard The 'Flying Coffin' The Last Night Death Across Distance Ground Zero, Year Zero Unsettled History Journeys Ended

Notes and References Sources Appendix One: Frank Colwyn Jones: Key Dates in Life and Service Appendix Two: What Became of Them? Index of Names and Places

Maps Map 1: Suffolk and West Norfolk Map 2: Col Jones's Targets in Europe Map 3: The Last Night-Where Events Unfolded

ISBN: 9780908988235
ISBN-10: 0908988230
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 1st October 2009
Publisher: Exisle Publishing Limited
Country of Publication: NZ
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.3  x 1.6
Weight (kg): 0.48
Edition Number: 1

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