Air Battle Of The Ruhr
Air Battle of the Ruhr is a complete overview of a major aspect of the air war against mainland Germany.
Bomber Command's first real assault on German industry in the Ruhr took place in March 1942 but the results were disappointing. It was not until the following year that the RAF was to have more success and Alan Cooper describes in detail individual raids, their targets, the aircraft used and the German defences.
Throughout, the author has used personal accounts and anecdotes and he gives vivid descriptions of the fearful effect of German searchlight skills and the strain of flying on raids of up to five to six hours' duration, three hours of which were over enemy territory.
The Battle of the Ruhr lasted from March 5/6 to July 24, 1943. It cost 1,000 aircraft and 5,000 aircrew killed or missing.In this narrative account, first published in 1992 and now re-issued in Airlife's new Classic series, Alan Cooper details what these four-and-a-half months meant to the aircrew and groundcrew involved. . . The 78 pages of Appendices listing those killed and missing hardly bear reading: each entry is an epic story of nightly heroism. - AIR PICTORIAL