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In For a Penny, In For a Pound: The Adventures and Misadventures of a Wireless Operator in Bomber Command

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The gripping story of the twentieth century’s greatest struggle in the modest voice of a Canadian teenager in the RAF.

In 1940, nineteen-year-old Howard Hewer dreamed of being the next Billy Bishop, of piloting Spitfires or Hurricanes over Europe. His dream was shattered when he was selected instead for a career as a wireless operator in Bomber Command.

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Published August 27th 2010 by Anchor Canada (first published December 2000)
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John Eldridge
Oct 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book, the story of a young Canadian heading off to fly in Bomber Command in WW2. Wing Commander Hewer wrote his story in a way that didn't shy away from the awful events he witnessed but presented his experiences in a very dignified manner. He didn't address the after effects of the war very much but one wonders if he would have suffered from some form of PTSD after seeing his fellow airmen being blasted out of the sky on their bombing runs over Europe. In spite of those im ...more
Bill Sharp
Oct 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is of particular interest to me because my father was a RCAF wireless op/air gunner in World War Two, the same as the author, Howard Hewer. My father flew in Halifax bombers in 158 Squadron RAF 4 Group and Hewer flew in Wellington bombers in 218 and 148 Squadrons RAF. This book is a well written, honest, informative and interesting account of Hewer's adventures during WWll on the ground and in the air in the UK, over Europe and in the Middle East.

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Owen
Jul 15, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: military-history, ww2
This is a well-written memoir by Canadian wireless operator Howard Hewer, who flew more than his share of ops during WWII and contributed in both the European and North African theatres. Ironically, the title, "In for a Penny, in for a Pound" is also part of the libretto of Gilbert and Sullivan's light opera, Iolanthe, which continues: "It's love that makes the world go round." One wonders if the author intended any hidden commentary by referring to this particularly well-known couplet in such a ...more
Simon
Aug 06, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A compelling account of one particular airmans experiences flying Wellingtons for Bomber Command during WW2. Well written and easy to read and more than enough detail and adventure to keep ones attention. Interesting to note the author was stationed briefly at such familiar places as Trenton and Mountain View. Well worth giving this one a try !
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