This is the second volume of a five part work that provides a
comprehensive insight into all aspects of RAF Bomber Command in
World War Two. Few campaigns waged from the summer of 1942 onwards
continue to excite more hotly-contested debate than the bomber
offensive against the Third Reich. It was a time of specialist
innovations such as the Path Finders to mark targets and the Bomber
Stream to control large numbers of aircraft over a target while at
the same time overwhelming the enemy defences. By the start of 1943
two blind and bombing aids called 'H2S' and 'Oboe' were being
installed in Bomber Command aircraft. Even in the face of heavy
losses morale was sustained by the individual belief that he would
not be the one to get the 'chop'. Most every one of them was scared
but outwardly none talked of 'death' or 'dying'. It 'couldn't
happen to them; they would complete a tour of thirty 'ops'. The
more fatalistic among them believed that they would get killed but
not 'today, tomorrow or the next day'. The personal qualities of
the young men selected for aircrew duties - all of them volunteers
- never compromised during the entire campaign. Their pulsating
accounts offer a more personalised view of the war through the eyes
of those who were there in the heat of the action and are
complemented by the author's background information that puts each
narrative into wartime perspective, covering the night time raids
on Germany, Italy and the occupied countries.
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