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The Dam Busters: In the Words of the Bomber Crews
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The Dam Busters: In the Words of the Bomber Crews (Hardback)

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The story of the legendary bouncing-bomb attack on Nazi Germany's dams. It was not long before midnight on 16 May 1943 when the inhabitants of Gunne, the German town close to the Mohne Dam, heard the air-raid warnings. It was widely regarded as a precautionary measure but ninety minutes later, an immense tidal-wave was roaring down the valley towards them. Guy Gibson, who led 'X' Squadron of 19 specially adapted Lancasters equipped with Barnes Wallis's 'bouncing bomb', knew that the odds were stacked against him and his men. But they would not let him down. Some, like Squadron Leader Young whose bomb breached the dam, would return home as heroes. Others, like Pilot Officer Byers and his crew, would not, shot down just after crossing the North Sea whilst they were still miles away from their targets. A small number of those involved would survive crashed aircraft and live out the war in POW camps. The Dam Busters raids have gone down as perhaps the most famous air-strikes in history. Yet behind the story of courage and determination there lies another, darker side, both for the aircrews - 40% of whom died in the mission - and for those who lived below the dams in the path of the flood, many of whom were not even German. This new account tells the story of those dramatic events through the eyes of those who were there. Whether or not the reality matches the legend, one thing that emerges is the incredible bravery of those who flew the most dangerous mission they had ever undertaken and the trauma experienced by those unlucky enough to be its target.

History & PoliticsHistory: Chronological20th century history: c 1900 to c 2000History & PoliticsHistory: ChronologicalEarly history: c 500 to c 1450-1500History & PoliticsMilitary HistorySecond World WarHistory & PoliticsRegional & national historyEuropean historyBritish & Irish history Publisher: Amberley Publishing Publication Date: 01/10/2011 ISBN-13: 9781445603827  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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W. B. Bartlett is the author of eleven history books including TITANIC: 9 HOURS TO HELL, THE SURVIVORS' STORY ('Quite the best and most level-headed telling of the whole story I have ever read' THE INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY; 'So enthralling that you can almost hear the ghosts of the drowned, pressing to share their memories of that night of terror' THE DAILY MAIL), LEGENDS OF BLOOD: THE VAMPIRE IN HISTORY & MYTH and ASSASSINS: THE STORY OF MEDIEVAL ISLAM'S SECRET SECT. He lives in Bournemouth.

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