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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars illuminating reconstruction, 7 Jan 2001
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This review is from: Fire by Night: The Dramatic Story of One Pathfinder Crew and Black Thursday, 16/17 December 1943 (Hardcover)
Fire By Night is an imaginative reconstruction of a disastrous episode in Bomber Command's concentrated attack on Berlin. Bomber Harris believed that the war could be won from the air and persuaded Churchill this was possible. He pursued this goal relentlessly in the face of enormous losses, ignoring the evidence provided by the failure of the blitz on London which should have warned him that indiscriminate bombing of cities was ineffective and a terrible waste of limited manpower and aircraft. Jennie Gray gives a vivid account of the daily life of the young men called up to carry out this impossible task, contrasting the comradeship and good spirits at base on the air fields with their exhausting and terrifying long flights across the North Sea to strike at the heart of Europe, taking off with the certain knowledge that at the best their chance of survival was no more than 50%. She describes in telling detail the final madness that brought this ill-considered campaign to an end, with an exceptionally large force of about 500 planes taking off in spite of the adverse weather forecast. She follows the fate of one particular aircraft, its crash landing on return in fog, and the aftermath. The writing strikes an intelligent balance between sympathy for the men and the desperate situation of the nation at war, between the epic scale of the conflict and the frailty of human nature. It is a story worth the telling and remembering, not only for the sake of the dead and the survivors of that 60 year old battle, but also because recent events show that the same mistakes can be made again, and again.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very readable account of reality of an RAF crew's life, 8 Jan 2001
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This review is from: Fire by Night: The Dramatic Story of One Pathfinder Crew and Black Thursday, 16/17 December 1943 (Hardcover)
Beautifully developed true story of an RAF bomber crew, written through the eyes of the daughter of one of the few who survived the bombing campaign of 1943 and 1944. The fate of the crew is unravelled and brought to life, from their training through their now unbelievable experiences to the aftermath of the lives of those who knew them. I could not put it down, and could hear the bombers roaring overhead for long afterwards.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Every "baby-boomer" should be required to read this book., 8 Feb 2001
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This review is from: Fire by Night: The Dramatic Story of One Pathfinder Crew and Black Thursday, 16/17 December 1943 (Hardcover)
A harrowing tale of your parent's generation, and how they lived, fought, and died to win WWII. The true story of the author's father, the sole survivor of a Pathfinder crew of seven flying a Berlin raid in a Lancaster bomber, and his experiences leading up to and following Black Thursday, December 16/17, 1943. Exquisitely researched and related, this may be the closest many of us will get to understanding the meaning of sacrifice.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fire By Night, 5 Feb 2012
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Well written and researched, interesting new information about the Bomber crews during WWII. Author surprisingly honest in places with regard to her relationship with her Father.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Takes you right back there., 26 July 2012
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A very personal investigation of the dramatic events of one night's bombing raid and its consequences for the crew of one Lancaster. Brings home the horror of this kind of warfare and the courage of those involved in manning the planes. Generally well written and very involving.
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