Cheshire

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Group Captain Leonard Cheshire flew 101 operations in World War II. The first, in 1940, took place six days after Dunkirk. After the 100th he was awarded the Victoria Cross. His 101st - and last - mission was to Nagasaki, where he witnesssed the dropping of the atomic bomb. In this biography Richard Morris examines the profound character of a man whose war career brought him the highest military distinction, and whose peacetime work of compassion earned him the Order of Merit.
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Group Captain Leonard Cheshire flew 101 operations in World War II. The first, in 1940, took place six days after Dunkirk. After the 100th he was awarded the Victoria Cross. His 101st - and last - mission was to Nagasaki, where he witnesssed the dropping of the atomic bomb. In this biography Richard Morris examines the profound character of a man whose war career brought him the highest military distinction, and whose peacetime work of compassion earned him the Order of Merit.
Broad in scope, and drawing on a vast array of previously unpublished letters and documents, this biography examines Cheshire's family history and his days at Oxford; his experiences as a bomber pilot, which included his time in command of 617 Squadron, also known as the Dambusters; his post-war work for Barnes Wallis; his serious illness and convalescence; and the pursuit of new challenges in his pioneering work to provide recognition and accommodation for the disabled. It is peopled with priests and politicians, diplomats and the dispossessed, the famous and the obscure, who all contribute to the emerging picture of a Christian humanitarian whom Nehru described as "the greatest man I have met since Gandhi".
Together with his wife, Baroness Ryder of Warsaw, Leonard Cheshire's campaign for the relief of suffering remains unparalleled. "Cheshire" reveals the magnetic personality of a man whose courage, compassion, determination, charm and, above all, faith have left a legacy of achievements and influence which spans the world.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780140254266
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 8/1/2001
  • Pages: 560
  • Product dimensions: 5.25 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Part 1 Tokens And Signs, 1917-1940: Lines From Other Days
Stowe
Oxford And Beyond.
Part 2 To War, 1940-1943: Wonderful Life
Every Wise Man's Son
Places You Might Not Come Back From.
Part 3 Lights And Fires, 1943-1944: Night Scenes
No Easy Run
Second To None.
Part 4 One Or Two Violent Shocks, 1944-1945: Asia And Washington
Potsdam And Tinian
Centreboard.
Part 5 The Night Journey, 1945-1952: Smitten Cities
Le Court
Near England's End.
Part 6 All Or Nothing, 1952-1955: Contemplation And Action
Lourdes And Bromley
Closely Observed.
Part 7 India, 1955-1959: Touch And Go
Gateway
Raphael.
Part 8 Chosen Vessel, 1959-1992: Flames From A Candle
At Home And Abroad
For Your Tomorrow
Going Forth
Chosen Vessel
Epilogue.
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