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Men Of Air: The Doomed Youth Of Bomber Command (Bomber War Trilogy 2) Paperback – 12 Jun 2008

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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: W&N (12 Jun. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0753823985
  • ISBN-13: 978-0753823989
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.7 x 3.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 208,870 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Tales of everday heroism (GOOD BOOK GUIDE)

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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.

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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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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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This book was originally published in 2007 and may now be out of print in hardback format. It is however still available as a paperback. In this instance, it is a substantial hardback purchased previously read and in excellent condition that is printed on moderately heavy paper and with several photographic insertions of some of the crews and their aircraft. Its sub-title provides a hint of their realities and expectations. When first discovered, it was mentioned within another book for its references to a former crew member who later became a POW and within which other similar stories were told; it was not then stated or understood that the book was the middle volume of a trilogy and the remainder has since been ordered to remedy the unintended oversight.

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.
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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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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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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.
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