HELL ON EARTH. DRAMATIC FIRST HAND EXPERIENCES OF BOMBER COMMAND AT WAR.

Rolfe, Mel.


£20.00




1st ed., 1999. 192 pp., various photo-plates. D.j., 24 x 16cm. FINE. On a dark night in June 1943 a stricken Halifax bomber limped low over Holland and crashed in a meadow. The aircraft was wrecked but amazingly its crew stepped out unhurt. This is just one of twenty new and true stories of bravery, survival and luck, good and bad, compiled in this book by the author who achieved success with his first book for Grub Street, To Hell and Back. Another story tells of a young rear gunner who swapped positions with his pal in the mid-upper turret, because of a faulty face mask and microphone. The rear gunner lived but his friend was killed… Another tells of a bomber crew who baled out leaving the skipper to what seemed like certain death yet he managed to land the plane and survive. There are many more bizarre coincidences and incidents in this action-packed collection of stories from a variety of aircrew in a selection of planes – Halifax, Lancaster, Wellington, Liberator, Stirling and Whitley. All the stories are illustrated with previously unpublished photographs.


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