This book contains fourteen stirring accounts, each conveying an authentic sense of what it was really like to fly as a member of aircrew during the various bombing operations of the Second World War. The storytellers are an eclectic mix of pilots, navigators, bomb aimers, wireless operators and gunners who flew on operations in heavy bombers. It conveys the terror of being coned by German searchlights over the target, attacks by Luftwaffe night-fighters, often catastrophic damage to aircraft and the ensuing struggle to keep the machine airborne on the return trip to base. It tells of the comradeship between the crew and the humour between them, often born of fear. The gentle and unassuming narratives include ‘Millennium’; ‘One of Our Aircraft Is Missing’; Bomber’s Moon; ‘Bombing Berlin’ ‘The Ordeal Of Pilot Officer Romans DFC’; Last Man Out’ operations on Whitleys and Halifaxes; Flying Officer ‘X’; Stirlings; ‘Rescue At Sea’ ‘The Incendiary Load’s Alight’; ‘The Night Of The Bombs’ and ‘The Kassel Raids of 1943’ as well as BBC Broadcasts and stories by Allied war correspondents. Each of these accounts conveys the sense of purpose that these men felt in doing one of the most dangerous jobs of the war. It is a fitting tribute to those that survived and the many thousands who died in the struggle against Hitler’s dreadful ambitions in Europe.
VOICES IN FLIGHT: THE HEAVY BOMBER OFFENSIVE OF WWII
Not a plodding history of RAF Bomber Command, but a collection of fourteen thrilling standalone stories from the aerial offensive against Germany conveying the essence of what it felt like to be on a bombing mission over the Reich, when the chances of survival decreased with every mission.