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Bomber Crew: Taking on the Reich

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During the Second World War aeronautical technology gathered rapid pace. By 1945, bombers had not only greatly increased in engine power and range, but the bombs which they carried rose from 250lbs to 10 tons; the navigator's pencil and rubber of 1939 had been supplemented by infinitely more sophisticated electronic aids. Yet the success or failure of each and every bomber ...more
Hardcover, 280 pages
Published November 1st 2004 by Little Brown and Company (first published January 2004)
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Huw Rhys
Feb 25, 2016 Huw Rhys rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This was a little disappointing. It attempts to tell the story of British bombing of Europe mainly during the Second World War. It relies heavily on reminiscent materials, and it tries to follow a chronological line through the conflict.

It lacks focus really. You get an anecdote about a specific person, then hear nothing more about him for maybe 100 pages or so- by which time his character is just a dim memory. There also appear to be random one liners about random individuals "a captain Andrew
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Susan Paxton
Aug 19, 2014 Susan Paxton rated it really liked it
John Sweetman has ably illustrated Bomber Command's war with this book of well-chosen personal experiences of aircrew and the people who knew them; many of the sources are especially valuable for being contemporaneous.

That said, I would probably have given this book 3 and a half stars were such available. Anyone who wants to use this book for their own research would be advised to check the original sources. I am very familiar with one of the crewmen he discusses extensively, and some of what Sw
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Danita
Sep 13, 2016 Danita rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very important, interesting and heart-rending book. We should never forget the men inside those bombers, nor the people on the ground underneath them.
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