Trudy gI am somewhat biased in reading this book as one of the principle characters Bob Pierson was my father John Tony have written a true account of how life was like for theuys who flew at the rear of the Lancaster during WW2 My father kept uiet about his wartime experiences for many many years post war until his retirement when he felt that the younger enerations should know the history from veterans who could speak on behalf of those uys who did not come home 54000 bomber command aircrew Bob ave little lectures to schoolchidren in Lincolnshire where he and his
Wife Joyce Retired To Joyce retired to thoroughly enjoyed helping John Tony in their research Sadly Bob died in February 2010 but his memory will live on forever in this book as well in the hearts of Joyce his family and friends Thank John
Tony for a wonderfully written book book includes personal experiences of for a wonderfully written book This book includes personal experiences of aircrew as they struggle to complete their tour often starting another tour by choice once the obligatory missions were complete Tales of extreme bravery flying at night over Nazi Germany it doesn t et much frightening and this was real Excellent research and well written Well written and some ood first hand accounts only took me 20 years after seeing it to read it This was certainly a fairly easy to read account of the lot of those bomber crews who flew night after night into the heart of Germany to attack the cities and industrial targets that lay thereinPositives points regarding this book were that it was easy to read was rather touching on occasion and ave a ood breadth of experiences from across the piste as far as bomber crews during the latter part of the bombing campaign of the second world war is concernedI did however find that it dragged after a certain point and that it lacked. Night after night and day after day they stifled their fears and flew through flak and packs of enemy fighters to drop the bombs that would demolish the Third Reich The airmen of the United States 8th Army Air Force and British Bomber Command were among the reatest heroes of the Second World War defying Hitler in the darkest early days of the war and taking the battle to the German homeland when no one else wouldToward the end of the conflict too they continued to sacrifice their lives to shatter an enemy sworn never to surrender Blasted out of the sky in an instant or bailing out from burning aircraft to drop helplessly into hostile hands they would die in their tens of thousands to ensure the enemy's defeat Especially vulnerable were the tail end Charlies
John Nichol Ø 0 Read & DownloadFinal missionsThe author covers the strategies used by the AND USAAF THE RAF MOSTLY FLEW NIGHT MISSIONS USAAF The RAF mostly flew night missions conducted area bombings of German cities that contained military targets The USAAF flew mostly daylight bombing raids that were supposedly precision bombing of military targets But studies showed that precision bombing wasn t very precise for a variety of reasons There s a chapter devoted to the RAF and USAAF heavy bombers being diverted from their strategic bombing missions over Germany to bomb targets in France in support of the D Day invasion There s also a chapter on Bomber Harris struggles with his superiors about whether to concentrate on bombing oil refineries and transportation networks rather than on area
BOMBINGONE OF THE THINGS I LIKEDof the things I liked about this book were the chapters dealing w what happened after World War II At the end of the war in Europe Churchill left Bomber Command out of his victory message where he mentioned the contributions of the other British forces during the war Bomber Harris didn t help his cause but he stuck by his airmen and they stuck by him while public opinion in the UK turned against Bomber Command in response to the Dresden firestorm and other devastating raids The American airmen didn t meet the same kind of reception back homeThe book ends w former enemies finding some measures of peace and reconciliation during visits to Germany 40 years or after the end of the war and also with postwar reunions at former bases in the UKI recommend reading this book A series of stories about the airmen in Bomber Command principally the Prisoner of Midnight guy in the back of the planeWell written from their point of view which isetting rarer everyday After three years I m admitting defeat I haven t finished this one as much as I wanted to love it. Rivaling the best of Stephen Ambrose's work Tail End Charlies BOSH!: The Cookbook: Simple Recipes. Amazing Food. All Plants. gives a breathtakingly intimate look at the lives loves and deaths of the brave airmen of thereatest Confessions of an Air Ambulance Doctor generation This fascinating book is as valuable for its stories of joyous life on theround as it is for its sobering tales of death in the air You see the whole picture of the war here from the eyes of the strong young men who fought it Walter J Boyne bestselling author of Beyond the Wild BlueAdds new dimensions to the saga of the air war in Europe The eyewitness accounts reported within the context of the battle against Nazi Germany provide a sense of the ordeals the terror the ore and the heroism of ordinary men thrust into the savagery of aerial combat Gerald Astor author of The Mighty Eighth. A connection to the personal lives of the members
OF BOMBER COMMAND ABOUT WHICH IT RELATES IT WASBomber Command about which it relates It was example difficult to follow the thread of any one bomber crews experiences through the course of the bookThat said it was fairly easy to digest and had moments of interest a bad book Well written
History told from the perception of the A very interesting book that actually encompasses than the main titletold from the perception of the pertivipants A very interesting book that actually encompasses than the main title It s not just the about the uys sitting in the tail 6 1/2 Body Parts (Body Movers, gunner position Veryood book Tail End Charlies meant different things to the Royal Air Force Bomber Command and the US 8th Army Air Force To the RAF it meant a rear Gökyüzü Mavi Kaldı gunner in a Lancaster bomber To the USAAF it meant the rear most plane in a formation of B 17s or B 24s the position that was most vulnerable to Luftwaffe fighters But as the author points out it also applies to those who served towards the end of World War II in 1944 1945This book is full of very human stories all the way from an English boy who was adopted as the mascot andood luck charm of an American B 24 crew to Corps Values: Everything You Need to Know I Learned In the Marines gunners radio operators navigators bombardiers pilots all the way up to the top commanders like Generals Jimmy Doolittle and Ira Eaker and the commander of RAF Bomber Command Sir Arthur Bomber Harris You experience the fear of crews who thought they would never survive to complete their tours only to find that their reuired number of missions was repeatedly increased You hear the stories of crews of bombers that were shot down by flak or by fighters crews that bailed out some who escaped through occupied France into neutral Spain and others who were captured in Germany Some of the crews who bailed out were killed by mobs of angry German civilians or by the SS You also hear from those who did survive their. Or the Americans which meant two things theunners who flew countless missions in a plexiglass bubble at the back of the bomber and the last bomber in the formation who ended up flying through the most hell and for the British the rear The Sun Shines Over the Sanggan River gunners who flew operations in a Plexiglas bubble at the back of the bomberFollowing theirroundbreaking revelations about the ordeals suffered by Allied prisoners of war in their bestselling book The Last Escape John Nichol and Tony Rennell tell the astonishing and deeply moving story of the controversial last battles in the skies of Germany through the eyes of the forgotten heroes who fought themThis is the best account that has been written of the heroic American and British bomber crews the best of its kind George McGovern.