The author looks back at the lives, human realities and the extraordinary risks that the young aircrew took during the strategic air-offensive against Germany from 1940-1945. The 125,000 men from all over the world who passed through Bomber Command were engaged in a form of warfare that had never been fought before. Between 1940 and 1945 they flew continuously, stopping only when weather made operations impossible. For much of that time they were the only warriors capable of hitting Germany in its own territory. There was nothing romantic about their struggle. Often barely out of boyhood they lived on bleak bases, flying at night on long, nerve-racking missions that often ended in death. The odds of surviving were stacked heavily against them. In all 55,000 were killed, nearly one in ten of all the British and Commonwealth dead.
In this powerful and moving book Patrick Bishop describes compellingly the character, feelings and motivations of the bomber crews and pays tribute to their heroism and determination.
Signed by seven Bomber Command aircrew.