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Lancaster to Berlin [Paperback]

Don Bennett , Walter Thompson
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  • Paperback: 231 pages
  • Publisher: Goodall Publications Ltd; New edition edition (Aug 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 090757937X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0907579373
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 13 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 928,688 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Lancaster to Berlin 23 Mar 2012
I was born 20 years after Walter Thompson started flying Lancasters and went to law school with his son, David. Mr. Thompson's story is engaging, technical and meticulous with a rare touch of humanity. Thompson's writing includes excellent descriptions of Pathfinder squadron guidance and sighting systems, and comparisons of night and day bombing, without any pretensions or arrogance. He devotes some time to the human toll of war and the collateral damage common with early aiming technology and free-falling explosives without being preachy. A thoughtful, sometimes entertaining, and educational read. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars From a Canadian - from Canada to Berlin 13 Feb 2012
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I loved this book. The author writes well and it is refreshing to hear the tale from a Dominion standpoint with the slight elements of when two worlds collide.

The author tells a tale well and his insight into meeting Guy Gibson was helpful for my own book ( kindle Heroes of the RAF - Guy Gibson VC (Hereoes of the RAF) and book Heroes of the RAF - Guy Gibson). There are several books on taking part in the air war but this is one of the best because the author is writing not to vindicate himself (as for example seems the case with The Bomber Battle for Berlin)and with no obvious axe to grind. The variable moods the author felt at the time are well recaptured and there is a becoming modesty despite the not inconsiderable achievement of a DFC and Bar let alone surviving.

I bought this in paperback and it was as tatty/well-worn as described but I only paid pennies for it. I shall certainly buy it in hardback and would pay into pounds for it
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5.0 out of 5 stars A reminisce of 1944 15 Nov 2010
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As one that has been there and done that, it makes a colourful reading and brought back memories, not all good, but harks back to comrades that we trusted with our lives.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Canadian Pilot Praises US Air Force for bombing military targets 9 April 2006
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This book was lent to me by an RAF ex-navigator who agreed with its author completely. The author was, and maybe still is, a successful attorney in Vancouver BC who flew Lancasters to Berlin in WWII. He knew the US Air Force was trying very hard with their daylight bombing raids to minimize civilian casualties while hitting legitimate military and industrial targets. His war, however, consisted of carpet-bombing German cities and he holds that against his leadership. "Bomber" Harris wanted to kill cities, and he did.
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