Bombers Over Berlin
|PUBLISHED (THIS EDITION):||February 2003|
|INSIDE:||64 photographs and 16|
* Vivid descriptions of night bombing raids * Unique personal accounts covering the hazards of sustained fighter and flak attacks, nursing crippled aircraft, bailing out, ditching and crashing
Berlin was the big city. It was deep in the heart of Germany and heavily defended with flak and nightfighters, not only because it was the administrative capital but also because it was vital for the German war production machine.
Heavy losses could be expected on any raid to Berlin.Between November 1943 and March 1944 Berlin was the target not less than sixteen times; 9, 112 sorties were flown and 495 aircraft were lost.
As in his previous books Alan Cooper has painstakingly researched all the details of the raids, telling the stories of individual crews who flew on them, of those who returned safely and those who were shot down, becoming POWs or evading capture, either returning to the UK or remaining at large in occupied Europe. He tells of the heroism of the pilots and crews grappling with heavily loaded bombers against nightfighters, often nursing stricken aircraft back to base, with many failing to return.
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