Out Of The Italian Night:- Wellington Bomber Operations 1944-45
|PUBLISHED (THIS EDITION):||February 2003|
* Maurice Lihou survived 49 missions flying Wellington Bombers from Italy against targets across Europe. * A candid and moving account of war at the front
During 1944 and 1945 the squadrons of 205 Group were launching air attacks from bases in Italy. In many ways their efforts were the same as those of aircrew attached to Bomber Command in Britain, yet conditions for the men were very different.
These men fought their war as much against the weather and lack of equipment as against the enemy. The Wimpy, as the Wellington was affectionately known, had been operational when war was declared and five years on their young crews were still taking them into battle.
Maurice G. Lihou joined the Royal Air Force in 1939, before the outbreak of the Second World War. He trained as a Wireless Operator as a means of getting into aircrew, but found himself working in ground stations. He decided to try to re-muster as a pilot and completed the training for this in Canada where he was awarded his Wings. It was not long after this that he became captain of an aircraft with a crew of five and ferried a Wellington Bomber to North Africa. He was then posted to Italy and joined 37 Squadron, a Bomber Squadron of 205 Group, becoming involved in various operations such as the laying of mines in the River Danube.