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Aircrew: The Story of the Men Who Flew the Bombers (Cassell Military Paperbacks)
by Bruce Lewis
Bruce Lewis brings this book together to tell the story of the men who flew the bombers. The different roles within the aircraft are covered and each of their unique experiences discussed through first hand accounts.
Paperback, 208 pages
Published August 3rd 2000 by Phoenix
(first published January 1st 1991)
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Probably the best book I've ever read about the experiences of Bomber Command aircrew in World War II. Author Bruce Lewis himself was a veteran of 36 operations as a Wireless Operator in Lancasters with 101 Squadron. Each chapter of the book covers a different aircrew position, with the experiences of one or more aircrew vividly described, with a special bonus being the diary of a pilot under training, which is just fascinating. Some of the aircrew served in ordinary day to day squadrons, but op ...more
As the grandson of a wellington navigator who was awarded the DFC, reading about the individual roles of British aircrew was wonderful. This book does a marvelous job of opening up those stories which weren't told - were underrepresented and positively abhorred by an establishment who ordered the action and then cringed at the results. In the second world war, I had underestimated the bravery and strength of mind of my grandfather, Robin Durham. To go out every night after sleeping in your own b ...more