Bishop, Patrick.


1st ed., 2007. Xli + 429 pp., photo-plates. D.j., 24 x 16cm. FINE. Cutting Tipped-in, Extra. In this companion to Fighter Boys, the author tells the story of the 125,000 men from all over the world who passed through Bomber Command during the Second World War and engaged in a form of warfare that had never before been implemented and never would be again. Between 1940 and 1945 they flew continuously, except when weather made operations impossible. For much of that time they were the only fighters capable of attacking Germany in its own territory and the odds of surviving were stacked heavily against them. Despite these sacrifices, when the fighting stopped, they became something of a political embarrassment, their actions having been something of a controversy ever since. In this powerful and moving history, the author brilliantly recaptures the feelings, character and motivation of the bomber crews and restores to these men their rightful tribute.

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