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5.0 out of 5 stars Men of Air - doomed youth of Bomber Command
A first rate book! The second of a (projected) trilogy about the bomber war from the dark days of 1943 to the final victory of 1945. 'Men of Air' is an account of the gradual turning of the tide in favour of Bomber Command during 1944 - still the horrendous attrition rate for operataions of deep penetration into Germany in the early months (and on some later occasions),...
Published on 3 May 2008 by CherryBee

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3.0 out of 5 stars Men of Air
I found that the authors style did not suit me and found contents of this book very disappointing and feel there are better books on Bomber Command out there e.g. See author Jack Currie
Published 13 months ago by Brian O'Hara


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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Men of Air - doomed youth of Bomber Command, 3 May 2008
A first rate book! The second of a (projected) trilogy about the bomber war from the dark days of 1943 to the final victory of 1945. 'Men of Air' is an account of the gradual turning of the tide in favour of Bomber Command during 1944 - still the horrendous attrition rate for operataions of deep penetration into Germany in the early months (and on some later occasions), but the very positive contribution of the 'Bomber Boys' to the success of D-Day is recorded here, something that tends to be overlooked by some. A fair assessment of the problems facing those tasked with planning operations, although some of the decisions made seem extraordinary. Kevin Wilson manages to make these young men and the odds they faced very real. Highly recommended!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not to be missed, 30 Jan 2008
A very well researched and laid out book . The author manages to convey the need for this campaign and the varying results without any hint of bias. The reader is encouraged , in my opinion , to draw their on conclusions as regards the validity of the bombing campaign and how modern historians have treated those extremely brave men who flew for bomber command.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended - a must read, 20 Feb 2009
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B., Joan "bookworm" (Vancouver, Canada) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Men Of Air: The Doomed Youth Of Bomber Command (Bomber War Trilogy 2) (Paperback)
My Father was an air Gunner in World War 2 with the RCAF, stationed at Skipton-on-Swale in Yorkshire in 1944 and 1945. This incredible book helped me to understand the quiet heroism of the very young crews who did their job, night after night. Easy to read, well documented, well written, but also filled with thorough understanding of what it was like. If you have a relative who was in the war, and you are only going to read one book about it, this is the one.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An up-close look at life and death in the air, 28 Mar 2011
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John Middleton (Brisbane, QLD, AUST) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Men Of Air: The Doomed Youth Of Bomber Command (Bomber War Trilogy 2) (Paperback)
This is a sort-of sequel to Bomber Boys, and (with Journey's End) part of a trilogy of books focusing on the men of RAF Bomber Command in WWII. This covers 1944, starting with the Battle of Berlin and ending with the return to Germany after the "Transportation Plan" support of D-Day and the unexpected role of tactical air support in the war in Normandy.

Unlike Hastings Bomber Command, this is not about the big picture, or Bomber Harris, or whether it was all worth it after all. This is a book for and about those men who flew over occupied Europe and struck back in the only way the Allies could. You understand the moments of sheer terror being lit up in a searchlight, bailing out of a burning plane, making an emergency landing on two engines with dead and wounded around you.

There is also an excellent chapter on those who bailed out, survived (not all did), and ended up in a POW camp. The Great Escape - and other escapes - are covered in detail. There is heroism here, as much as in the planes above Germany.

This is an excellent book on the bravery of those who flew bombing missions in the dark days of WWII. It will help ensure that their courage and sacrifice is never forgotten.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars WHAT OUR BOYS HAD TO GO THROUGH, 19 Nov 2008
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Mr. Andrew Instrell (Leeds, West Yorkshire) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Men Of Air: The Doomed Youth Of Bomber Command (Bomber War Trilogy 2) (Paperback)
Having spent many hours engrossed in the content of this book, I can certainly say this is one of the better accounts of life in bomber command during WW2. It really opens your eyes as to what it was like to serve. I actually felt I was there during certain parts of the book. Highly ecommended. Another excellent book is 'Carried on the Wind' by Sean Feast, The story of Ted Manners (101 Squadron - ABC operator on Rusty Waughman's Crew). A riveting read to anyone interested in Bomber Command.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hampden, 4 Jun 2008
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Anthony E. Ball (Cochrane Ab Canada) - See all my reviews
Today's generation of authors have a distinct advantage over the immediate and later post-war breed of writers- that of an unlimited bibliography upon which to draw. The notable raids of 1943 and 1944 carried out by Bomber Command Aircrew - Hamburg, Peenemunde, Nuremburg, the Dams Raids, covered by the more eminent historians, have been well documented requiring entire volumes to accommodate the wealth of material required for such projects.

These texts however were technical in nature and were directed more to defining history for the more serious Bomber Command historians and aficionados; the modern-day journalist now merely resorts to conducting as many interviews as are possible with remaining Bomber Command survivors weaving their personal recollections around the material already provided by their peers , subject to the required credits being attached.

Wilson's new book, as was the case with his first publication , is an example of this type of journalism; this does not detract from the content however, as he is an excellent writer and has obviously empathized with these crew members; the downside is that in this endeavour, he has allocated complete chapters to these previously well chronicled sagas which renders much of the material redundant for many readers all too familiar with history , and the consequences, of membership in the 'Lost Command'.

This book, while not necessarily being recommended for ex: Air-Crew, should be required reading for a younger generation who have no conception of what was expected of young men who, driven maybe by patriotism and the prospect of adventure, were exposed to the harsh realities of war where life expectancy could be measured in such short terms. Men who were subjected nighty to ill-planned raids by chair-borne Air Staff, at times having to operate with faulty equipment, constrained by career-concious squadron and wing commanders , which combined with frequent inaccurate weather predictions, resulted in an horrific loss of life often under appalling circumstances.

In preserving these vignettes, Kevin Wilson has served his subjects well; with the above reservations, it is without doubt a worthy validation of their commitment for which, from an ungrateful country, they received no official recognition. The recollections of these survivors are poignant and will remain with them for the rest of their lives ; stories which had to be told before being lost to an indifferent society whose values are perhaps less than those of previous generations.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent insight into Bomber Command, 14 Nov 2012
This review is from: Men Of Air: The Doomed Youth Of Bomber Command (Bomber War Trilogy 2) (Paperback)
This is a very detailed and well considered account of the lives of the aircrew in bomber command. The research is impressive and the author is clearly a gifted writer. One aspect that I find frustrating in this book as with many other histories on bomber command is the lack of recognition of airmen from Rhodesia. The author does not even refer to 44 Squadron by its proper name, 44 (Rhodesia) Squadron. While this squadron was by no means only manned by Rhodesians they accounted for nearly 50% of the pilots and crew at any point in time and many of the ground crew. In early 1944 of the commander of the squadron was an ex-school teacher from Gwelo in the midlands of Rhodesia. On page 9 the author acknowledges the contribution of Eire and the Commonwealth countries, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and 'a few from South Africa', but the 2,409 Rhodesian airmen who served in World War II are ignored. Of these 697 (29%) never returned. Rhodesia lost more men per capita than any other Commonwealth country. It is difficult to understand why the author would make such a pointed omission.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One of the survivors, 3 Mar 2010
This review is from: Men Of Air: The Doomed Youth Of Bomber Command (Bomber War Trilogy 2) (Paperback)
"Men of Air" is fairly accurate and depicts realistically life as I remember it when flying in Bomber Command in the winter of 1944/1945. There are still a few of us left.

W.T.M. 76 sdn.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars VIVID AND SOBERING, 17 July 2008
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This is by far the most engrossing and informative book about the bombing campaign I have read.
It uses vivid personal recollections to bring to life the campaign and what life was like for those serving.
Anyone who wishes to criticise bomber command should read this book first and they will understand why it was necessary and the terrible sacrfices those involved made.
eg Being blown alive out of an exploding aircraft without a parachute was a common way of dying.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THANKS TO YOU WE ARE HERE TODAY, 11 Feb 2010
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Hatruswell "oxford don" (oxford England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Men Of Air: The Doomed Youth Of Bomber Command (Bomber War Trilogy 2) (Paperback)
THIS BOOK IS STUNNING TO SAY THE LEAST ,REAL ACCCOUNTS WRITTEN BY THOSE THAT FLEW.IT IS AN EXTRA ORDINARY ACCOUNT OF AIRCREWS AND HOW IT WAS FOR THEM HAVING TO DO WHAT WAS ASKED OF THEM WITH NO REAL END IN SIGHT.WE KNOW WHAT HAPPENED BUT THEY HAD NO IDEA AS TO HOW LONG THEY WOULD HAVE TO KEEP GOING DAY AFTER DAY AND GET ON WITH THE JOB ,& KEEP BASHING AWAY AT IT .
MY ADMIRATION IS HUGE OR THESE CREWS JUST CHECK OUT THEIR AGES IT BRINGS TEARS TO YOUR EYES

H A TRUSWELL
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