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    Ok , here is the scenario :
    A young person contacts you and tells you they are in Covid-19 self isolation and that they just learned their Grandfather served in aircrew in Bomber Command in 1944. They tell you they want a recommendation from you for 3 books that they can use their time reading to learn 1) A bit about what their Granddad went through on a personal level, and 2) A bit about the Campaign they were part of in general.
    What 3 books would you give them? I will start the ball rolling :

    1) Boys, Bombs and Brussels Sprouts by J. Douglas Harvey (..unfamiliar to non-Canadians perhaps? But well worth searching out)
    2) Men of Air by Kevin Wilson
    3) The Bomber War by Robin Neillands

    Wishing all forum members and families good health!
    Cheers, Clint

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    Murray Pedenís A Thousand Shall Fall.

    Charlwood. No Moon Tonight.

    Middlebrook. The Nuremberg Raid. (Actually, all the Middlebrook books are so well researched).

    Jim

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    Hi Mike,

    Thanks for the tip on the up coming book on Peenemunde, Iíve just ordered my copy.

    Cheers,

    John.

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    The Science of Bombing: Operational Research in RAF Bomber Command by Randall Thomas Wakelam

    The Bombing War: Europe, 1939-1945 by Richard Overy

    Bomber by Len Deighton (fiction but well worth a read)
    RAF Armoured Car Companies 1920-45 http://www.rafacciraq.com/

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    Thank you all gentlemen, my reading list has now doubled in size!
    Richard, I think your suggestion of Winged Victory is brilliant....for understanding the psychological toll that air combat takes on a young man, there is no better book. The last line of the book I found gutwrenchingly tragic - it stuck with me for 30 years...when I re-read it recently I couldn't help thinking of my Dad arriving back in Halifax on Christmas day 1944.
    Ian, interesting you mention Max Hastings - it was one of the first books I read on the subject, and I have to say I was put off by his treatment of Dominion aircrew - kind of spoiled an otherwise fine book for me. I just felt he pushed the "wild colonial boy" angle a bit far.
    As far as the Overy book goes, I must say I don't have a problem with books that are critical of B.C. - I think Terraine does a fine job. He pulls no punches in his criticism of B.C. decisions, wishful thinking, etc, but he is FAIR and puts everything into context. Overy doesn't in my opinion - which is strange, as his book Why The Allies Won praises B.C. and the role it played in winning the War. I don't know what caused what seems like an almost 180 degree turn in his attitude.
    All the best, Clint

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    Hi Clint

    Yes I think I can recall some of Max Hastings' stuff about the Dominion aircrew - particularly the Canadians, if I recall correctly. No slight was intended, I'm sure. Your lads' (and all the others' of course) contribution was invaluable. Sincerest thanks to all of them.

    Ian

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    Perhaps readers won't mind some little thread drift at this point...

    "Terraine does a fine job. He pulls no punches in his criticism of B.C. decisions, wishful thinking, etc, but he is FAIR and puts everything into context"
    Wholly agree. Likewise Jones: direct, intimate, expert knowledge, fairly presented.
    His account of the misguided use of IFF over occupied Europe is telling and fair.
    As too his account of the eventual and successful operational use of Window.
    A remarkable man, and Most Secret War a remarkable book.

    "Dominions"
    At least 135 men of the Commonwealth served with No 211 Squadron RAF over the years 1938 to 1946.
    At least 99 Australians, and 22 Canadians, 8 New Zealanders, 3 South African, 3 Southern Rhodesians (two of them brothers).

    Of the 48 Australian aircrew who took part in 211 Squadron operations from 1940 to 1945, 18 lost their lives in action and one in captivity as a PoW of Japan.

    Don Clark
    www.211squadron.org
    Last edited by Don Clark; 1st April 2020 at 19:24. Reason: updated
    Toujours ŗ propos

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    I agree with Jim anything by Martin Middlebrook, in order mine would be;

    Peenemunde Raid.
    Berlin Raids.
    Hamburg Raids.
    Nuremberg Raid.

    I put the Peenemunde raid first as my uncle did his first op on that raid and killed on the first Berlin raid covered in his Berlin book.

    Cheers,

    John.
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    The "big" picture is in "The Struggle For Europe" by Chester Wilmot!
    Peter Davies
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    We might not know - but we might know who does!

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    At a personal level, some of the best books written by former BC aircrew -

    'A Thousand Shall Fall' - Murray Peden
    'Luck and a Lancaster' - Harry Yates
    'Only Birds and Fools' - Norman Ashton
    In fond memory of Corporal James Oakland AGC (RMP), killed in action in Afghanistan on 22 October 2009. Exemplo Ducemus.

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