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Tail-End Charlies: The Last Battles of the Bomber War, 1944--45

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Night after night they stifled their fears and flew through flak and packs of enemy fighters to drop the bombs that would demolish the Third Reich. The airmen of the United States 8th Army Air ForceAmerican and British Bomber Command were among the greatest heroes of the Second World War, defying Hitler in the darkest early days of the war and taking the battle to the Germ ...more
Paperback, 440 pages
Published April 1st 2008 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published December 31st 2003)
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Mrs M
Jul 11, 2011 Mrs M rated it it was amazing
I am somewhat biased in reading this book as one of the principle characters - Bob Pierson - was my father. John & Tony have written a true account of how life was like for the guys who flew at the rear of the Lancaster during WW2. My father kept quiet about his wartime experiences for many many years post war, until his retirement when he felt that the younger generations should know the history from veterans who could speak on behalf of those guys who did not come home (54,000) bomber comm ...more
May 04, 2016 Brian rated it it was amazing
A riveting account of what it was like in the skies over Germany. I know one of the men whose memoir features prominently here, and I got it in large part to know a bit more about him. Excellent stuff.
Dec 13, 2013 Jim rated it really liked it
Tail-End Charlies meant different things to the Royal Air Force Bomber Command and the U.S. 8th Army Air Force. To the RAF, it meant a rear gunner in a Lancaster bomber. To the USAAF, it meant the rear-most plane in a formation of B-17s or B-24s, the position that was most vulnerable to Luftwaffe fighters. But, as the author points out, it also applies to those who served towards the end of World War II in 1944-1945.

This book is full of very human stories, all the way from an English boy who was
This was certainly a fairly easy to read account of the lot of those bomber crews who flew night after night into the heart of Germany to attack the cities and industrial targets that lay therein.

Positives points regarding this book were that it was easy to read, was rather touching on occasion and gave a good breadth of experiences from across the piste as far as bomber crews during the latter part of the bombing campaign of the second world war is concerned.

I did however, find that it dragged
Kenneth Flusche
Jul 25, 2015 Kenneth Flusche rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Well written History told from the perception of the pertivipants
Peter Roach
Mar 16, 2011 Peter Roach rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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A series of stories about the airmen in Bomber Command- principally the guy in the back of the plane.
Well written, from their point of view, which is getting rarer everyday.
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