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Once the day fighters had saved Britain from invasion, it fell to the night fighters to save her cities from destruction. At the beginning, interception by night proved virtually impossible, particularly, as the German bombers carried out their raids in cloudy weather. Soon, however, the navigator was presented with a mysterious little black box, which turned out to be the...more
(first published 1957)
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This is a delightfully poignant snapshot of a relatively unknown period of World War II written as a memoir some twelve years after the war's end. The book is the recollections of C.F. 'Jimmy' Rawnsley who found himself as gunner, navigator and then radar operator for John Cunningham as part of an RAF night fighter crew. Cunningham is rather more well know as 'Cat's Eyes' Cunningham, the famous night fighter 'ace' who according to the myth of the day, had an uncanny ability to see in the dark. ...more
This was definitely a different perspective on World War II. The author took part in the war as one of the first radar operators to make use of the technology in the skies, and he communicates both the triumphs and failures of the advent of that technology. Avid descriptions are given throughout this story of battle in the skies, and the tale continues to draw readers into it. One of the most amazing portions of the book though was looking at how friendships developed in and around the author ...more