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Lancaster Target [Paperback]

Jack Currie
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Feb 2004
Described as one of the best three books about life in Bomber Command during World War II, Lancaster Target is the classic story of one crew's fight to survive a full tour of operations in the night skies of wartime Europe. Flying Lancaster bombers from RAF Wickenby in Lincolnshire between 1943 and 1944, Jack Currie chronicles the life and death struggles against flak, night fighters and perilous weather with clarity and feeling, whilst capturing the `live for the moment' spirit of off-duty escapades.

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Goodall Publications Ltd; New edition edition (Feb 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0907579280
  • ISBN-13: 978-0907579281
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 12.8 x 19.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 114,634 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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39 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lancaster Target 4 July 2004
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This is the most amazing book. My grandfather flew Lancasters in the 2nd World War, and this gave me a real insight into the astonishing things that happened during that time, the risks the crews faced, and the lottery of survival. I cannot recommend it strongly enough, it is thoroughly readable, and manages to tell the story of one crew in a human, touching, yet humorous way.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 30 April 2009
The best books about the 2nd World War I have found are usualy written by the people involved in the conflict, this is no exception. Jack Currie tells his and his crews story without heroics and describes what life was like in those dark days. This is not a book filled with dates and times, it's about the fears and triumphs of flying Lancasters over Europe facing the threat of Flac, Night Fighters and the loss of fellow crews. The fact that as a nation we have largly forgotton the sacrifice made by these brave men is obscene. Read it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lest we forget 9 Feb 2007
Probably one of the greatest books ever written about life on a bomber station during the war. In today's world we cannot begin to contemplate how stressful it must have been flying to Germany night after night "running the gauntlet" and defying the odds!

Wickenby (where Mr Currie was stationed), in Lincolnshire is a small village with its airfield just down the road, and this book is so evocative of the times and the area. You'll find yourself wanting to visit!

Jack Currie is one of my heroes (in the true sense of the word)as are the many 1,000's like him who we have to thank in order to be able to write reviews like this!! He deserves the highest accolade having written such a poignant book. I salute you, Sir!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Shame about the typesetting 1 April 2011
By mikie
This must be one of the best books about Bomber Command in WW2. Unfortunately, there are so many typographical errors in it it somewhat spoils it for me - not, of course caused by the author, but by sloppy typesetting by the publisher.
Read and enjoy, but if I proof-read it there would be a correction on nearly every page-Lancaster Target
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lancaster Target 28 Dec 2013
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Bought for my 89 year old dad who was a navigator in Bomber Command. So difficult to get any book about WW2/Lancasters/Bomber Command that he hasn't read. He was delighted with it and can't wait to get home after Christmas and read it in peace and quiet.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful Read 14 Nov 2013
By Terry
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This must be one of the best books to come out of the second world war. Incredibly well written and easy to read it is the story of a heavy bomber pilot who mainly flew Lancasters from RAF Wickenby. A wonderful story of the heros of the night skies and the terrible things they had to endure.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A quite stunning book! 5 Jan 2014
I read this book many years ago and it remains as part of my 'Bomber Command' library. It is amazing well written and, is in my view, one of the two best books ever written about life on a WW2 bomber station at the height of the bomber offensive. The other book is 'No Moon Tonight' by Don Charlwood. I cannot recommend this book highly enough to all those who want an understanding of what the young bomber crews had to endure on behalf of a largely grateful nation. It is an outstanding read in every way.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Middle of 3 books describing the life of a Bomber Command pilot.
Covers the period of his first tour flying Lancasters and describes the period in a balanced format that just says it how it was.
Published 9 months ago by redduster100
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent insight.
This is an extremely entertaining & informative book, I bought "No Moon Tonight" at the same time & together they show totally different facets of life in the RAF in 1943. Read more
Published 9 months ago by J. Lewis
5.0 out of 5 stars Really good
Fascinating story very effectively told - you really had the sense of "being there" in time recommended for anyone interesting in WWII
Published 10 months ago by Ruth Simpson
4.0 out of 5 stars Lancaster Target - Jack Currie.
Gets into the action without too much pre-amble. A good read for those interested WW2 flying, and especially, the Lancaster bomber.
Published 14 months ago by Fred Brewer
5.0 out of 5 stars A great book on the tour of one crew who survived the war.
Very well written and I thoroughly enjoyed some of the anecdotes about Curries crew members and himself. I would recommend it to anyone.
Published 15 months ago by KABUKI
5.0 out of 5 stars Lancaster Target
Jack Curries books on RAF experiences with bomber command during world war two are excellently written and show what it was like serving in Bomber Command at the time and what... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Brian O'Hara
5.0 out of 5 stars WW 2 Narative
Classic narative of Avro Lancaster Tour over Germany including many raids on Berlin by Jack Currie during World War Two
Published 18 months ago by Mr A G Round
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