Passmore, Richard.


1st ed., 1981. 254 pp., various photo-plates. D.j., 22 x 14cm. V.G.+. At the beginning of the Second World War Blenheims were sent over the Channel on solo raids, and usually in daylight. The author, at the outset a humble AC1, was a crew-member who had to fend off attacking fighters from his turret in the top of the fuselage. He did this knowing that the range of his gun was inadequate and that it was he who was most likely to be killed. Consequently the pilots tried to stay out of sight in cloud but invariably the cloud rolled back a few miles north of the French coast, leaving a beautiful, dangerous blue sky. A compelling first-hand account.

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