Bomber Command Book Recollections (Recommend)

Discussion in 'The War In The Air' started by Gage, Feb 19, 2011.

  1. Wimpy

    Wimpy Member

    "Out of the Italian Night" by Maurice Lihou

    and slightly off topic but a very informative read

    "The Battle of Hamburg" by Martin Middlebrook
  2. worrals

    worrals Junior Member

    Some of my recommendations
    Strike Hard Strike Sure by Ralph Barker
    Heroic Endeavour (The remarkable story of a Pathfinder Force attack, a Victoria Cross and 206 brave men) by Sean Feast
    Fire By Night (the dramatic story of one Pathfinder crew and Black Thursday 16/17 December 1943) by Jennie Gray
    Black Night For Bomber Command (the tragedy of 16 December 1943) by Richard Knott.
    Massacre Over the Marne ( RAF bombing raids on Revigny, July 1944) by Oliver Clutton-Brock
  3. James S

    James S Very Senior Member

  4. Peter Clare

    Peter Clare Very Senior Member

    Reference books worth having on your book shelf.....

    3 Group Bomber Command - C. Ward / S. Smith
    5 Group Bomber Command - C. Ward
    6 Group Bomber Command - C. Ward
  5. nicks

    nicks Very Senior Member

    Beyond the Dams to the Tirpitz by Alan Cooper

    I read this many years ago but seem to remember it being a very good account of 617 Sqn operations after the Dams Raid.
  6. Son of POW-Escaper

    Son of POW-Escaper Senior Member


    The best book I've ever read about Bomber Command is 'A Thousand Shall Fall' by Murray Peden, who piloted both Stirlings and B-17's.

    It will make you both laugh and cry.

    Still in print after almost 30 years. A seriously great book.

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  7. Gage

    Gage The Battle of Barking Creek MOD

    Thanks again all.
  8. idler

    idler GeneralList

    Not usually my thing but looked too interesting to leave in the charity shop:

    The Withered Garland: Doubts and Reflections of a Bomber by Peter Johnson

    Interesting enough that I've been reading of his time as OC of the Bomber Command Bombing Research Unit that completed the bulk of its fieldwork before the Air Ministry's British Bombing Survey Unit started their work.

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  9. Pieter F

    Pieter F Very Senior Member

    How about Bomber Boys by Patrick Bishop
    I found this one a very interesting read!
  10. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    Just finished it .
    I had an immense feeling of sadness when done.
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  11. Rattler

    Rattler Junior Member

    Good to see that this thread has resurfaced.

    Recently finished "The Mallon Crew" by Vic Jay; it is self-published by the author and is a very interesting read about the lives of a Lancaster crew in the late stages of the war and how their lives unfolded in subsequent years.

  12. Markyboy

    Markyboy Member

    This thread is right up my street, as I have shelves full of RAF / Fleet Air Arm memoirs!

    First up, have you tried Jack Curries other memoirs? 'Wings over Georgia' describes his training and 'Mosquito Victory' is about his latter wartime experiences after 'Lancaster Target'.

    Let me know what type of aeroplane, crew position, period of the war etc that you're interested in and i'll have a dig around.
  13. Ravrick

    Ravrick Senior Member

    'The Fly by nights' by Don Feesey - 166 Sqn from June 44 to May 45, a great read...
    'The Nuremburg Raid' by Martin Middlebrook - an excellent read that fully describes the most costly raid (more men killed from the RAF in one night than in the Battle of Britain!)
  14. Charley Fortnum

    Charley Fortnum Dreaming of Red Eagles

    This could have been posted in several places, but here will do:


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