Bowyer in one volume does a credible survey of air gunners. Its mostly focused on the RAF but does a great job of chronicling the history of air gunne...moreBowyer in one volume does a credible survey of air gunners. Its mostly focused on the RAF but does a great job of chronicling the history of air gunners from pre WWI to post WWII. It is highly recommended for anyone interested in bomber warfare. (less)
This book was extraordinarily hard to put down. Lewis' writing style was simple and interesting which left this reader wishing he knew Lewis who was m...moreThis book was extraordinarily hard to put down. Lewis' writing style was simple and interesting which left this reader wishing he knew Lewis who was more than a fighter pilot but a co founder of the BBC. He is seemingly open and at times says to the reader that the book was his best recollection. When I opened the book I was expecting a rehash of every combat flight but what was received was an insight to the time from one person's point of view. It was refreshing to read a book that embraces the entire experience not just one aspect. This book should be in the libraries of anyone who wants to understand the experience of WWI. (less)
This book was very enjoyable. It covered a short period of time from the Slapton Sands disaster weeks before D-Day that could have given the Germans t...moreThis book was very enjoyable. It covered a short period of time from the Slapton Sands disaster weeks before D-Day that could have given the Germans the location of the landings for the Invasion of Europe to the end of Operation Neptune (the naval part of Operation Overlord or D-Day). What was interesting was the response to the Slapton Sands disaster and how it evolved into the E-Boat (schnellboote) being a major threat when before they had been an annoyance.
The Allied response to the E-Boats was interesting because it didn't involve any ships to counteract the E-Boat threat. Instead they used the Royal Air Force in a massive bombing attack on June 14, 1944. The result of this attack was incredible. I found myself imagining the forces being used to create such destruction and it was mind numbing. Trent includes some RAF history of bombing that is fascinating and gives an insight to how the bombing campaign became very effective in 1943 to 1944. I will want to read more about Bomber Command and in particular the Dam Busters of No. 617 Squadron after reading this book.
Trent uses a nice pace to describe the action and doesn't get bogged down in the minutia that other History authors do. This was a great book that got to the point, had excellent illustrations of the boats construction, the fabrication of the tallboy bomb, to actual photo reconnaissance pictures. This book is recommended to anyone interested in D-Day, naval and or air force histories. (less)