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bomber mark rossiter
on 18 June 2010
I am an avid reader of all kinds of memoirs and biographies of aircrew from world war 2...none take away the bravery and skill of those involved but most become a bit of a chronological diary ...accurately describing technical details and actual course of events but missing out on the real interest.....that of the feelings and mindset of those involved....('First light' by Geoff Wellum and 'No Moon Tonight' by Don Charlwood are two notable exceptions....absolutely fantastic accounts of personal feelings before battle, the fight itself, and then the aftemath, all interwoven with real life during a time of war and written in a way that really brings the reader into the story!)
This book however delivers none of the above....it is a thinly veilled account of the Authors opposition to the Bombing strategy of Arthur Harris.
It constantly refers to failings of individual raids, painstakingly pointing out numbers of both RAF and German lives lost , but fails to acknowlege some of the huge successes, both strategically, and morally that the campaign achieved during these years. It is interspersed with second hand accounts of what 2 of the aircrew involved were feeling and doing at the time and supported with a few particularly boring and unrepresentative photos.
Obviously Its only right for everyone to have their own opinions on the rights and wrongs of the bomber war in WW2 but please dont push them in a book that claims to be a first hand account from 7 brave men who survived 50 missions.