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Flying in Defiance of the Reich: A Lancaster Pilot's Rites of Passage [NOOK Book]

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This is the vivid memoir of a man who was twenty-one at the outbreak of World War II. Having joined the RAFVR before the war, he was mobilized in August 1939 and after training became operational on 233 Squadron Coastal Command flying Hudsons from Leuchars, Aldergrove and St Eval. After fourteen months he was rested and was tasked with training navigators for the impending enlargement of Bomber Command. In 1944 he joined 625 Squadron flying Lancasters over German targets and eventually took command of B Flight ...
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Flying in Defiance of the Reich: A Lancaster Pilot's Rites of Passage

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Overview

This is the vivid memoir of a man who was twenty-one at the outbreak of World War II. Having joined the RAFVR before the war, he was mobilized in August 1939 and after training became operational on 233 Squadron Coastal Command flying Hudsons from Leuchars, Aldergrove and St Eval. After fourteen months he was rested and was tasked with training navigators for the impending enlargement of Bomber Command. In 1944 he joined 625 Squadron flying Lancasters over German targets and eventually took command of B Flight and was promoted Squadron Leader. His memories of the many raids, his crew and operational flying during this period until the end of the war are truly gripping. After the German capitulation, Peter joined Shield Force bound for the Far-east and the night bombing of Japan. However before they could become operational the atom bomb put an end to the war in that theater. His unit was redirected to relieve Hong Kong and the final chapters give a unique insight into how the Japanese garrison was replaced by British law and order. This was a purely land operation carried out by the RAF without the presence of the Army.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781783460151
  • Publisher: Pen and Sword
  • Publication date: 11/13/2007
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 793,744
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Peter Russell is an author and historian.
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Table of Contents


Author's note     ix
Acknowledgements     x
Prologue     1
Pin Mill 1939     4
At War     17
Leuchars     22
Battle of the Atlantic     31
Jill     41
Stopper     48
Katherine     63
Shropshire     68
Cyril     75
Bomber Command     82
Second Dicky     93
Cologne     104
Area Bombing     115
Bochum     120
Squadron Leader     125
Zeitz     148
Nightmare Over Bottrop     156
It is a God     167
Nuremberg     175
Peace in Europe     188
Shield Force     199
The Pacific     206
Hong Kong     211
Geoffrey Wilson     218
Macau     224
Encounters with Communists     228
Wu     232
Wu's Temple     237
Farewell to Hong Kong     246
Grief     251
Return to Pin Mill     256
Index     259
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