Pen & Sword, 1st ed., 2006. Xi + 286 pp., photo-ills. D.j., 24 x 16cm. FINE. This book contains twenty-three stirring accounts of what life flying as air-crew in World War Two night-bombing operations was really like. The storytellers are an eclectic mix of pilots, navigators, bomb aimers, wireless operators and gunners who flew on operations in heavy bombers. It conveys the terror of being coned by German searchlights over the target, attacks by Luftwaffe night-fighters, catastrophic damage to aircraft and the ensuing struggle to keep the machine airborne on the return trip to base. It tells of the comradeship and humour between the crew and the sense of purpose that these men felt in doing one of the most dangerous jobs in the war.