Men Of Air: The Doomed Youth Of Bomber Command (Bomber War Trilogy 2) Paperback – 12 Jun 2008
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The story of the everyday heroism of British bomber crews in 1944 - the turning point year in Bomber Command's war against Germany.See all Product Description
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This book concentrates on the last full year of the War, 1944. It was the period when Allied losses of aircraft and crew were probably at their overall highest and the intention was still to damage German industry and morale and thereby, hopefully, shorten the War. The end was not yet in sight and, although battles were being won and former occupied territories were being liberated, no-one knew whether there would be a few months or even years before final victory was achieved.
With heavy losses of crew members, those remaining within a crew could be affected by the loss of close long-term friends who may in turn be replaced by the inexperienced. Sometimes whole crews were lost and other crews would be affected but life had to continue. There may be another raid tomorrow or the next day, but there could be relief for a few days with 'survivor's leave' which would give them a chance to spend time with family, a girlfriend or wife and not to think about the War.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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This is a true account I WAS THERE this series has disturbed mePublished 2 months ago by R. H. Johnston
I must first declare an interest. This book contains a first hand description of the loss of the aircraft in which my uncle died. Read morePublished 5 months ago by David S
Well written, great insight into the world and the part The RAF played. Well recommended to anyone easy reading.
Well researched and well written. Captures the atmosphere of the period, although some readers may find the book a little repetitive and long winded--I didn't find this.Published 8 months ago by Thomas Stuart Horrocks
AN EXCELLENT DOCUMENT - SHOULD BE READ BY EVERYONE ALIVE TODAY. THE LACK OF KNOWLEDGE OF BOMBER COMMAND AND IT'S ACHIEVEMENTS DURING WW11 IS SHOCKING. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Jim