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Bomber County by Daniel Swift
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Jul 23, 2011

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Although the Swift family knew that their grandfather died with his crew piloting a Lancaster bomber over the North Sea in 1943, it was a vague historical anecdote until the author's father was seized by a midlife obsession with finding out more. The book follows them to the Netherlands, where the bodies washed up, to Munster, where survivors talk about what happened during bombing raids, to RAF museums and through a sidelight on the author's own literary expertise--the poetry generated by the new air war, so startling different from WWI verse, as these lines from Randall Jarrell, ""In bombers names for girls, we burned/The cities we had learned about in school--/Till our lives wore out."

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