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A desperate and dangerous
on 8 April 2018
Well written account of a desperate and dangerous short period of time in British history. The author, an Australian, uses his notes, diaries and memory to describe his time as a navigator in (for the most part) a Lancaster Bomber during WW2. Rather like films of that period and of that subject, the bravery of the aircrew is largely understated - indeed, it is simply expected. Even so, the reader becomes aware of the tremendous loss of life and of the huge sacrifice made by so many men over such a short space of time.
A book such as this will never be absolutely true (we would need unredacted diaries for that) but the missions and life of the men are convincing. Moreover, the portrayal of England and its landscape are of the highest quality. Sadly, that England has gone and will never come back, but this book is a reminder that once Britain (with the greatest of assistance from Canadian and Australian pilots and aircrew) stood tallest of all nations.