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Bomber Command: Reflections of War Live to Die Another Day (June 1942 - Summer 1943)

by Martin Bowman

Bomber Command: Reflections of War Live to Die Another Day (June 1942 - Summer 1943) Synopsis

This is the second volume of a five part work that provides a comprehensive insight into all aspects of RAF Bomber Command in World War Two. Few campaigns waged from the summer of 1942 onwards continue to excite more hotly-contested debate than the bomber offensive against the Third Reich. It was a time of specialist innovations such as the Path Finders to mark targets and the Bomber Stream to control large numbers of aircraft over a target while at the same time overwhelming the enemy defences. By the start of 1943 two blind and bombing aids called 'H2S' and 'Oboe' were being installed in Bomber Command aircraft. Even in the face of heavy losses morale was sustained by the individual belief that he would not be the one to get the 'chop'. Most every one of them was scared but outwardly none talked of 'death' or 'dying'. It 'couldn't happen to them; they would complete a tour of thirty 'ops'. The more fatalistic among them believed that they would get killed but not 'today, tomorrow or the next day'. The personal qualities of the young men selected for aircrew duties - all of them volunteers - never compromised during the entire campaign. Their pulsating accounts offer a more personalised view of the war through the eyes of those who were there in the heat of the action and are complemented by the author's background information that puts each narrative into wartime perspective, covering the night time raids on Germany, Italy and the occupied countries.

Bomber Command: Reflections of War Live to Die Another Day (June 1942 - Summer 1943) Press Reviews

Martin Bowman needs no introduction to Association members. His latest book not only retains the factual information that we are so used to, but also his capability to enthral readers. Martin is one of Britain's best World War II authors and this is the latest of his publications maintains the standard that we expect from him. This book takes us into 1943 so we must look forward to the next volume to read of the exploits of our Charles Lofthouse on the Peenemunde raid. - 7 Squadron Association

Book Information

ISBN: 9781848844933
Publication date: 17th November 2011
Author: Martin Bowman
Publisher: Pen & Sword Aviation an imprint of Pen & Sword Books Ltd
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 256 pages
Categories: Second World War, Air forces & warfare, European history, 20th century history: c 1900 to c 2000,

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