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The Bomber Command War Diaries: An Operational Reference Book, 1939-45 Paperback – 26 Jul 1990


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  • Paperback: 808 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd; New edition edition (26 July 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140129367
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140129366
  • Product Dimensions: 15.4 x 5.9 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 825,323 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By CherryBee on 20 Feb 2009
Format: Hardcover
This is strictly a reference book - to read alongside any account of Bomber Command operations or as a reference for factual information on pretty well all Bomber Command operations in the course of WW2. Not light reading, in any sense of the word. About 700 pages. Very much for the student of Bomber Command in WW2 for factual information.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By John Fareham on 14 Feb 2012
Format: Hardcover
This is one of the most useful books I have found on this topic and, having spent a month in the archives at Kew reading through Squadron ORB's I cannot praise this enough. Sensibly laid out and with clear to follow sub-filing on the size of the raid, whilst still following a linear progression, this book also features skilled commentaries at key stages of the war. Therefore the book can be read from cover to cover and thereby show how Bomber Command became an increasingly effective machine of war, or it can be dipped into as a reference book.

This is a weighty book both by research and physical size and I regard it as indispensible in any library of the air war. I discovered this book when I was in the "Lit and Phil" researching my own book on Guy Gibson (kindle Heroes of the RAF - Guy Gibson VC (Hereoes of the RAF) book Heroes of the RAF - Guy Gibson) and when I reluctantly returned it it was the first book I added to my own library.

Well written (not just lists) and with the odd humorous research (I loved the German farmer claiming compensation from an RAF created splinter damaging his cow's udder) this book was an inspired choice by the publisher and I can only salute the massive research that must have gone into it. Operational Record Books of the RAF are a very moveable feast in terms of compilation and what they choose to record, this book stands as a monument to the whole idea, and shows the huge effort put in by Bomber Command and the heroism faced by those men in the deadly skies.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By John on 4 Aug 2011
Format: Hardcover
If you want to know the detail of Bomber Commands operations in Europe throughout WWII this is the book for you. My late father served in Bomber Command but never spoke to me about his experiences. This excellently researched volume in conjunction with his Log Books has enabled me to more fully appreciate and understand his incredible experiences and understand him a little more.
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This is a reference book absolutely essential to anyone who has an interest in bomber command in WW2. Great book.
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By Gillian Jones on 18 Feb 2013
Format: Hardcover
It was a gift for my husband's birthday - he was thrilled.
He has many books on WW2, and has been using this one to cross reference others.

Service was quick and the item was well wrapped - condition exactly as described. Thank you very much.
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