1st ed., 2000. Viii + 215 pp., photo-plates. D.j., 24 x 16cm. Minor damp to foot of cloth, hidden by d.j., o/w Nr.FINE. The author’s grandfather was a pilot of a Lancaster crew in 405 RCAF Squadron, made up of British and Canadians. They were one of the legions of RAF bomber crews that took the offensive against Germany for most of the war. The crew recalled here began their tour of duty at the start of Bomber Command’s ‘Main Offensive’, late 1943 and early 1944. They survived the raging air combats despite the fact the German night fighter force and flak regiments defended the skies over the Reich with grim determination and losses were high. The story of this group continues, telling of their part in the preparations for operation Overlord, the Allied invasion of Western Europe. It tells of the end of their flying days, shot down over enemy territory and helped by the Belgian resistance, and then traces the fate of each crew member, prisoner, evader, casualty.