Men of Air: The Courage and Sacrifice of Bomber Command in World War II

Men of Air: The Courage and Sacrifice of Bomber Command in World War II

by Kevin Wilson
Men of Air: The Courage and Sacrifice of Bomber Command in World War II

Men of Air: The Courage and Sacrifice of Bomber Command in World War II

by Kevin Wilson

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Overview

Bomber combat crews faced a wide array of perils as they flew over German territory. Bursts of heavy flak could tear the wings from their planes in a split second. Flaming bullets from German fighter planes could explode their fuel tanks, cut their oxygen supplies, destroy their engines. Thousands of young men were shot, blown up, or thrown from their planes five miles above the earth; and even those who returned faced the subtler dangers of ice and fog as they tried to land their battered aircraft back home.The winter of 1944 was the most dangerous time to be a combat airman in RAF Bomber Command. The chances of surviving a tour were as low as one in five, and morale had finally hit rock bottom. In this comprehensive history of the air war that year, Kevin Wilson describes the most dangerous period of the Battle of Berlin, and the unparalleled losses over Magdeburg, Leipzig and Nuremberg.Men of Air reveals how these ordinary men coped with the extraordinary pressure of flying, the loss of their colleagues, and the threat of death or capture. Brilliantly placing these stories within the context of The Great Escape, D-Day, the defeat of the V1 menace, and more, Wilson shows how the sheer grit and determination of these "Men of Air" finally turned the tide against the Germans.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781643130996
Publisher: Pegasus Books
Publication date: 02/05/2019
Sold by: SIMON & SCHUSTER
Format: eBook
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 966,979
File size: 26 MB
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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.
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. He is the author of Blood and Fears and Airborne in 1943, also published by Pegasus Books.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations     ix
List of Maps     xi
Prelude     1
Winter
An Op Too Many     9
The Cauldron     24
The Cost of Courage     52
The Lesson of Leipzig     73
Revenge and Recrimination     98
Berlin or Bust     108
The Underground Air War     140
Massacre in the Moonlight     164
Spring
Making a Mark     199
Escape Lines in the Railway Desert     221
Training and Terror     244
Return to the Reich     268
Summer
The Longest Night     279
Squashing the Doodlebug     299
Throttling the Luftwaffe     316
One-way Tickets in the Transportation Plan     334
Back to Basics     349
The Beginning of the End     369
Reflection     395
Notes     399
Acknowledgements     409
Glossary     411
Bibliography     414
Index     417
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