Rawnsley, C. F. & Wright, Robert.


1st ed., 1957. 382 pp., frontis., + 5 photo-plates + 1 map. D.j., 21 x 14cm. Nr.FINE. 3 Cuttings tipped-in. The day fighters having saved Britain from invasion, it fell to the night fighters to save her cities from destruction. Rawnsley served as air-gunner and then as navigator to John Cunningham, the leading night fighter pilot of World War II, and remained so almost to the end. This vivid book portrays the experiences and services of Rawnsley and his companion Robert Wright on their terrifying night escapades and describes some of the aircraft of 604 Squadron that they flew in. It intertwines the story of the navigator’s little black box, which turned out to be the parent of airborne radar and the key to aerial tactics which first protected our cities from the incessant raids of 1940, and later enabled the bombers to carry out their operations over Germany with constantly diminishing losses.

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