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Airborne in 1943: The Daring Allied Air Campaign Over the North Sea

Airborne in 1943: The Daring Allied Air Campaign Over the North Sea

by Kevin Wilson


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A gripping account of the heroism of bomber planes in 1943—the year the “Dambusters” embarked on a campaign to try to win World War II in one quick stroke.

The year 1943 saw the beginning of an unprecedented bombing campaign against Germany. Over the next twelve months, tens of thousands of aircrews flew across the North Sea to drop bombs on German cities. They were opposed not only by the full force of the Luftwaffe, but by a nightmare of flak, treacherously icy conditions, and constant mechanical malfunction. Most of these courageous crews were either shot down and killed or taken prisoner by an increasingly hostile enemy.

This is the story of the everyday heroism of these crews in the days when it was widely believed that the Allies could win the Second World War by air alone. American pilots had a special role in the “Dambusters” campaign in particular. Even before the attacks on Pearl Harbor, scores of eager pilots travelled across the Canadian border to train with other future “Dam-busters,” all eager to take part.

Authoritative and gripping, Airborne in 1943 brings these remarkable men and women to vivid life.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781681778808
Publisher: Pegasus Books
Publication date: 12/04/2018
Pages: 496
Sales rank: 1,151,485
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.90(d)

About the Author

Kevin Wilson has spent most of his working life as a staff journalist on British national newspapers, including the Daily Mail and the Sunday Express.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations 9

Beginnings 15


To the Heart of Darkness 23

A Signal Success 41

Piercing the Gloom 60

Ruining the Ruhr 88


The Bitter Taste of Pilsen 125

The Toss of a Coin 146

The Power of Water 160

Pointblank and Return to the Ruhr 205


The Power of Fire 241

The Peril of Peenemünde 282

Back to Berlin 317

Stretching to Succeed 340


Attrition to Achievement 365

'The Greatest of Air Battles' 394


A Miserable End 417

Closure 444

Notes to the Text 449

Acknowledgements 455

Glossary 459

Bibliography 463

Index 465

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