Bomb Aimer over Berlin: The Wartime Memoirs of Les Bartlett DFM

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Les Bartlett has become one of the great characters of World War II history. He flew as bomb aimer with the then Flying Officer Michael Beetham, who later became Marshal of the Royal Air Force. At that time he was a sergeant but gained his commission in April 1944 and flew his tour, including 27 raids over Germany and France between November 1943 and May 1944.

On his second operation his aircraft was attacked by a Ju 88, leaving it with no flaps or brakes – a crash landing at ...

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Bomb Aimer Over Berlin: The Wartime Memoirs of Les Bartlett DFM

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Overview

Les Bartlett has become one of the great characters of World War II history. He flew as bomb aimer with the then Flying Officer Michael Beetham, who later became Marshal of the Royal Air Force. At that time he was a sergeant but gained his commission in April 1944 and flew his tour, including 27 raids over Germany and France between November 1943 and May 1944.

On his second operation his aircraft was attacked by a Ju 88, leaving it with no flaps or brakes – a crash landing at Wittering ensued. At the end of his third mission they found the whole of Lincolnshire fogbound and eventually landed at RAF Melbourne in Yorkshire just before that airfield was closed also because of the fog. His aircraft was hit in the wing by a 30lb incendiary bomb dropped by another Lancaster flying above them on his sixth operation – but they survived.

On his twelfth operation to Leipzig he used the nose guns to destroy a Ju 88 night fighter, for which he was awarded the DFM. In February 1944 the port outer engine caught fire and the crew baled out. Les was then posted as Assistant Adjutant to RAF Thornaby.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781844155965
  • Publisher: Pen & Sword Books Limited
  • Publication date: 4/27/2008
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction     xiii
A Willing Volunteer     1
South Africa     15
So Much to Learn     25
The Big City     54
Operations at Last     66
To Berlin and Back, Again and Again and Again...     86
A New Year But The Same Old Story     113
On the Edge     129
Not Berlin Again!     148
A Change of Emphasis     161
Life Would Never be The Same Again     174
Appendices
Bomber Command Order of Battle, November 1943 to the Battle of Berlin     195
Major Bomber Command Raids on Berlin November 1943-March 1944     198
Operational Sorties Flown by Les Bartlett     200
Index     203

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