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Bomber Command: Failed to Return [Hardcover]

Steve Bond , Steve Darlow , Julian Evan-Hart , Sean Feast , Adam Purcell , Christopher Yeoman
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Book Description

1 Sep 2011
With an average age of just twenty-two, the young airmen of the Royal Air Force's Bomber Command, all volunteers, began operating within minutes of the start of the Second World War. Continually, through to May 1945, the aircrews, with the odds heavily against them, fought in defiance of Nazi aggression. They defended the British Isles against invasion, they took the war directly back to Germany, they supported the Allied land campaigns, they opposed the enemy Navy and U-boat threats, and they countered the German V-weapon offensives. But the cost was high. From this multi-national force, made up of British airmen, Canadians, Australians, New Zealanders, South Africans, Rhodesians, Indians, Poles, Czechs, French, Americans and Jamaicans, a staggering 55,573 airmen would lose their lives, 9,838 would become prisoners of war and a further 8,403 would suffer wounds. Fighting High Publishing brings together notable military aviation authors to tell the stories of some of those who 'failed to return' from operations. The carefully selected stories demonstrate the diversity of operational duties undertaken by the aircrews, whilst highlighting the extremes of danger they faced, often day after day and night after night. Most would not survive their ordeal, and many others would see out the war incarcerated in an enemy POW camp. The authors, drawing upon surviving veteran accounts, family archives, official documents, wartime memoirs and letters, flying logbooks, and relative and witness recollections, piece together the extraordinary, gripping, yet ultimately tragic events surrounding the losses described. Illustrated throughout with colour and black and white photographs and documents, 'Bomber Command - Failed to Return' ensures that the memory of all the young men, some would even say boys, who sacrificed all, is kept alive. 'Lest we forget.'

Product details

  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Fighting High Ltd (1 Sep 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0956269664
  • ISBN-13: 978-0956269669
  • Product Dimensions: 22 x 28.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 166,188 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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' This captivating new book brings together a carefully selected assortment of stories ... a moving tribute and a thought provoking read.' --Aeroplane Monthly (December 2011)

Book of the Month - 'fascinating stories featured.' --Britain at War Magazine (October 2011)

' ... an outstanding group of aviation historians ... have produced a book that is a respectful and fitting tribute ... fascinating collection of stories' --WWII Connection website (October 2011)

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Foreword written by distinguished Battle of Britain pilot and 617 Squadron Lancaster Pilot Squadron Leader Tony Iveson DFC

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bomber Command They failed to return 11 Nov 2011
I found this book to be a good read. Couple of chapters were a bit gorey when one of the authors
went into some detail about the after effects of an aircraft crashing into the ground with the aircrew
still on board. I did wonder what the relatives thought. but a good read and I recommend it
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lest We Forget 26 Feb 2012
By merlin
A very well written and researched book.The selected stories make for thoughtful reading.Many books have been written on bomber command but this is a first that has been written about those that failed to return and gives a brief insight to the people who are in the book and the events that led up to their death or capture.The book also serves as a reminder to the 55,573 aircrew who gave their lives in the pursuit of freedom along with those that survived against all odds. We owe these brave young men a huge debt."Lest We Forget"
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bomber Command 11 Sep 2013
By Rosie
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Again, this satisfied my husband's fascination about the War. He was too young to serve, but grew up with stories of derring-do. His Dad served in France (was at Dunkirk - one of the last off), and also spent a lot of time later on the big guns - in The Royal Artillery. Bomber Command were treated very roughly after the War - without their efforts and sacrifice it is doubtful that we would have defeated Hitler. War is always terrible, and the boys in blue were just doing their duty - with very short odds on them coming home safely.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Hmm 29 Oct 2013
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Good book but to be honest, it wasnt really what I thought. Bit more info on the wreck sites would have been helpful
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