Book Reviews for Bomber Aircrew in World War Two
The following are just a few reviews of my Book: Bomber Aircrew in World War Two.
‘Anyone with the slightest interest in the RAF will want to read this excellent volume.
It provides the reader with an insight into a very special breed of men - the courageous
aircrew of Bomber Command. Flying a remarkable 300,000 operations over enemy territory
during the war resulted in fifty thousand of this brave and dedicated force being killed:
eight thousand aircraft were lost in action.
The superb collection of first hand accounts provided by veteran
RAF aircrew and support staff, together with a full account of all of Bomber Command's
Victoria Cross awards and a section detailing the development of the bomber airfield,
make this compelling reading.'
Review by Michael D Booker, FAMILY HISTORY MONTHLY
‘There have been many books on the RAF operations of WWII but seldom one which describes
so graphically what it was like to suffer the woundings and death of being pinned to pieces
of a Lancaster fuselage falling in flames from 20,000 feet over Germany. This is done
through the words of individual aircrew describing over twenty raids over Europe. The
details of various operations, their targets and the return flights with wounded pilots
and crew, some to bale out or crash on landing, give an immediacy which is both moving
The book concludes with photos and citations of twenty-two Airmen who received the V.C. One
of these is Ian Willoughby Bazalgette and one wonders what relation he was to our Glider Pilot,
Paul Bazalgette, who before he died was so generous to our Association. This book is comprehensive
in attaining a balance missing from previous attempts at covering the subject of the bravery of
bomber aircrew. This gigantic and costly effort required hundreds of airfields to operate from and
their construction in the short time available should be required reading for those who make promises
today which remain unfulfilled.’
Review by L.D.B., THE EAGLE
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