The Crew

The Crew: The Story of a Lancaster Bomber Crew

Non-Fiction, Literary Biography & Memoir, History & Politics, Military History, The Second World War
Paperback Published on: 07/01/2021
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A moving tribute to the sacrifice and bravery of the fliers of RAF Bomber Command.

The Crew, based on interviews with Ken Cook, the crew's sole surviving member, recounts the wartime exploits of the members of an Avro Lancaster crew between 1942 and the war's end. Gloucestershire-born bomb aimer Ken Cook, hard-bitten Australian pilot Jim Comans, Navigator Don Bowes, Upper Gunner George Widdis, Tail Gunner 'Jock' Bolland, Flight Engineer Ken Randle and Radio Operator Roy Woollford were seven ordinary young men living in extraordinary times, risking their lives in freedom's cause in the dark skies above Hitler's Reich.

From their earliest beginnings - in places as far apart as a Cotswold village and the suburbs of Sydney - through the adventure of training in North America and the dread and danger of the forty-five bombing raids they flew with 97 Squadron, David Price describes the crew's wartime experiences with human sympathy allied to a secure technical understanding of one of the RAF's most iconic aircraft. The drama and anxiety of individual missions - to Kassel, Munich and Augsburg as well as Berlin - is evoked with thrilling immediacy; while the military events and strategic decisions that drove the RAF's area bombing campaign against Nazi Germany are interwoven deftly with the narrative of the crew's operational careers.

  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • ISBN: 9781789542714
  • Number of pages: 448
  • Dimensions: 198 x 129 mm

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Stunning account
A wonderfully well researched and written book, that’s brings home the dangers, bravery and lives of the Lancaster crews. One of the best books I’ve read a... READ MORE
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A highly enjoyable journey.
An engaging depiction of RAF aircrews in Bomber Command units. The Crew prioritises human stories over technical detail or political maneuvring and it was ... READ MORE
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I found this book on the crew flying a Lancaster bomber through the trials and tribulations of World War 2 very interesting, and informative on what actual... READ MORE
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