Having heard of the sacrifice made by my great uncle (a pilot of a Bristol Blenheim who was shot down and killed at the age of 21 on 7th April 1941) I decided to purchase this book to see if it contained any information about him. It did. Not only was I was able to see the details of his death but also the name of the Luftwaffe officer who finished him off as his Blenheim crashed into the sea. I also found out that my great uncle had escaped death two months before when his Blenheim crash landed on return from an operation. His wireless operator had died in that crash.
Having done my research I was simply unable to put this book down.
Although the book is primarily a list of every aircraft lost in a particular year (giving the date of loss and serial number of the craft) it is utterly compelling and incredibly depressing. It is difficult to comprehend the scale of the loss of life.
As we know all to well from current conflicts any death is a tragedy but the sheer scale of the deaths of these young men is staggering. It is apparent that each night they went out (and often this was night after night) there was a very good chance they would not return. It is a testamant to their bravery that they must have known this as they climbed into their aircraft night after night. The statistics speak for themselves.
I would thoroughly recommend this book as a fascinating read.