In this remarkable book, John Trotman DFC recalls his airborne exploits as a pilot with RAF Bomber Command during World War II.
In the course of 5½ years, he clocked up over 2,000 flying hours, completed two operational tours, flew 70 sorties and walked away from three crashes - an extraordinary record. His recollections of these missions, plus many other details of his activities at the time, combine to paint a vivid picture of the life of a wartime bomber pilot.
His first tour was with 150 Squadron, based at RAF Snaith in Yorkshire, flying a Vickers Wellington III (call-sign 'J' for Johnnie) to attack many German cities, including Cologne, Hamburg, Munich and Ludwigshafen. After a spell as a flying instructor at RAF Tilstock and RAF Peplow he volunteered for a second operational tour and was soon flying a de Havilland Mosquito VI with 692 Squadron, based at RAF Graveley in Cambridgeshire and part of the Pathfinder Force.
John's recollections contain elements to entertain a wide variety of readers: the technically-minded will enjoy his descriptions of the classic warplanes he flew, but there are also plenty of personal revelations and humorous stories to involve and entertain readers of all ages and persuasions.