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Fly By Nights: Navigating RAF Lancasters in 1944 -5: Navigating RAF Lancasters in 1944-5

Fly By Nights: Navigating RAF Lancasters in 1944 -5: Navigating RAF Lancasters in 1944-5 [Kindle Edition]

Donald Feesey
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At the age of eighteen Don Feesey volunteered for pilot training with the RAF. Having almost completed his course to become a fighter pilot, an eye problem was detected and he was switched to navigational training. He completed a tour of thirty-four successful operations, the majority at night during 1944 and 1945 – at the height of the bomber offensive.

On one remarkable sortie his Lancaster lost all power and the order to bale out was given. As the aircraft gradually lost altitude, making a safe parachute descent more impossible by the second, Don was about to jump when the pilot, still at the controls, attracted his attention. It was a life or death situation. Should he jump or go to the assistance of his pilot, leading to an almost certain death? He elected to go to the aid of what he thought was his trapped pilot – but to his astonishment he found that the skipper had nursed one engine back into life, so the only two remaining crew managed to struggle back across the Channel, only to find that at 700feet they could not climb over the usually welcome white cliffs of Dover. They turned for Manston, the nearest airfield and flew along the coastline to make an eventual safe landing.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1726 KB
  • Print Length: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Pen and Sword Aviation (25 Jun 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DN5U18U
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #152,209 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Highly Enjoyable 22 May 2007
This books deals with the personal experiences of an RAF Lancaster Bomber navigator between 1944-1945. It gives you a view into the everday life of a member of the RAF and the hardships that he had to endure in those two years, from his training to be a pilot, bombing raids, the death of friends and the difficulties of maintaining a relationship.

I'd recommend this book to anyone who has an interest in the RAF or WWII in general as it is informative and interesting without becoming a history textbook. It is a very easy and highly enjoyable read
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5.0 out of 5 stars A book not to be missed. 18 May 2007
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This book contains the complete range of emotions felt by a sergeant navigator on Lancasters bombing the heart of Germany in just over the last year of the war. His descriptions of the time he spent training with the appalling loss of life involved and the "bull" required by some of the senior officers during a time when the UK was fighting for her life is mind blowing.

The detailed events of the bombing raids themselves including the dreadful loss of life both on the ground and in the air and the feelings of the crews as they saw their mates blown to pieces, brings home to all who read this wonderful book how fortunate we were to have so many people like Don Feesey to break down the enemy who was hell bent on destroying us.

The difficulties experienced by Don and his fiancée - and others - in keeping going their relationships under the such unnecessary pressures as the RAF put on them also comes over so clearly to the reader.

I recommend this book to anyone with an interest in understanding what our often criticised RAF bomber crews went through in order that we all may be here today.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A Personal Story 12 May 2008
This is very much of a personal memoir, not a study of the Bomber Offensive. It is written in a 'writing a letter' style, and,as such, can seem a little mundane, which is a pity. We are told of the stark living conditions of life for NCO aircrew on the 'temporary' war aerodromes, and the irksome petty regulations of the RAF despite having a war going on. I wish we had been told rather more about the 34 operations which Don Feesey flew (and survived), rather than quite so much about the damp bedding in the huts(!), but maybe it is right that we understand that life on the station was almost as challenging as life (and death) in the air. I had the impression that Don Feesey (Fizz) is a throughly decent and reliable man, and an asset to the rest of his crew - certainly his pilot had reason to think so.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Sorry But a Bit Disappointing! 20 Feb 2008
By RJ Lane
A Bit Disappointing

I have to say that I found the first chapters quite mundane to the point of boring. The descriptions of good food/ bad food and variable accommodation are totally relevant to his story but I didn't really learn anything new. The later chapters warm up with the description of combat and pressures that brings on personal relationships. In summary an interesting and worthy book, but not the best I've read on this subject.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not as expected 24 Feb 2014
By J. L. Tasco - Published on
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Ok, I'm pass the mid-way point of this book and so far it's been about his life prior to the war and his subsequent volunteering and flight later navigator training. I was expecting more action and actual combat operations but perhaps that will come later in the book. If it does, I'll update my rating but right now it's 3 stars and that's a barely 3 stars.
4.0 out of 5 stars Good insight. 12 Sep 2013
By Allan Downie - Published on
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This is a good book to read with regard to the everyday life of an ordinary airman. He is not a hero, just an ordinary bloke experiencing everyday life being shot at while at war in his aeroplane. A good read and the author gives a different slant on life in the British Air Force at the time
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