5.0 out of 5 stars
Vivid and honest account of going to war in a Bomber during WW2, 28 Jan. 2013
This account is an honest and touching account of the career of a pilot during WW2. Starting with the enthusiasm and naivity of youth, through selection and training, the author recollects his progress in an engaging way. The book deals with the losses encountered in the training, the pressures and risks associated with initial training, through transition to multi-engine aircraft, mostly the Aitspeed Oxford trainer, finally being streamed onto bombers. The differences in flying the Wellington and eventually conversion to the Lancaster are well covered and put the reader in the cockpit with him. The author recounts numerous anecdotes and descriptions of flying both training missions and an acutual tour of duty. In this he describes the comaraderie and relationships with his crew, and those fighting alongside him. The account does not revert ot sentimentality, however covers the loss and anxieties facing the crews as they prepare to fly a mission into Germany. An exellent read.