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Only Birds And Fools:- Flight Engineer, Avro Lancaster, World War II

By J.N. Ashton

ISBN: 9781840371239
PUBLISHED (THIS EDITION): March 2000
PAGES: 176
BINDING: Hardback
SIZE: 234x156 mm
INSIDE: b/w photographs

The mighty Avro Lancaster has become a lasting symbol of Britain's defiance in the face of Nazi aggression. The sound of its powerful Merlin engines evoke memories of a bygone era, a period that is, alas, remembered by an ever shrinking number of participants who fought in the battles in those perilous days of World War II.

The author of this autobiography is one of the many unsung heroes of RAF Bomber Command, who played out his part of the war tending engines and flight systems of the various aircraft in which he flew and survived through fifty-four operations.

This book captures in authentic detail the day-to-day life of crew members of Lancaster bombers during the height of the Second World War, a time of massive destruction in the industrial heartland of Nazi Germany, and of huge losses to the fleet of Bomber Command.

In the early part of the book we accompany crews on missions to the Ruhr Valley, evading night fighters and searchlights and struggling home in flak-damaged aircraft. Later, we see the special tactics employed by crews of an elite Pathfinder Squadron as they contribute to the downfall of Germany in the final years of the war.

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