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D-Day Bomber Command: Failed to Return

Steve Darlow

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ISBN 10: 0992620716 / ISBN 13: 9780992620714
Published by Fighting High Publishing, 2014
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Title: D-Day Bomber Command: Failed to Return

Publisher: Fighting High Publishing

Publication Date: 2014

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Good

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On 6 June 1944 the Allies launched one of the greatest military feats of all time, forcing a re-entry in to 'Fortress Europe' - the sea borne and airborne assault upon the coastline of Normandy. Key to the success of the D-Day campaign was the contribution of the Royal Air Force's Bomber Command, who waged an unrelenting campaign in the run-up to D-Day, on the day itself, and in the months subsequent. Bomber Command aircrew attacked rail yards and communications targets to isolate the battle area from enemy reinforcement, bombarded enemy positions, supplied the French Resistance, and deceived the enemy as to the true whereabouts of the beach landings. The cost in young lives was, however, enormous. Thousands of young Bomber Command aircrew sacrificed their lives attacking invasion targets in the three months prior to the beach landings. More airmen failed to return on D-Day itself. Thousands more now either rest in French or Belgian cemeteries or are listed as missing as a result of further raids in support of the Normandy land campaign.
On 1 July 1944 Commander-in-Chief of Bomber Command Air Chief Marshal Sir Arthur Harris wrote to Chief of Air Staff Sir Charles Portal expressing his concern over the lack of recognition in respect of his command's support to the invasion. 'There are 10,500 aircrew in my operational squadrons. In three months we have lost over half that number. They have a right that their story should be adequately told, and it is a military necessity that it should be.' On the 70th anniversary of D-Day Fighting High Publishing brings together acclaimed historians to tell the story of some of those who became casualties serving with Bomber Command. Illustrated throughout with color and black and white photographs, the vast majority previously unpublished, D-Day Bomber Command: Failed to Return ensures the memory of the D-Day bomber boys, who sacrificed all, is kept alive. 'Lest we forget'.

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Steve Darlow is a Bomber Command historian and established military aviation author, with fourteen books to his name. Steve has made numerous radio and television appearances, and recently acted as program consultant on the BBC’s The Lancaster: Britain’s Flying Past and Channel 5’s War Hero in the Family (Robert Llewelyn). Steve is also an Ambassador of the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund.

Sean Feast is a Director and co-owner of Gravity London and the author of several books on World War II pilots.

Marc Hall developed an interest in aviation at an early age, and gained a commercial pilots licence. Marc's research in to RAF Bomber Command is ongoing and his first book Bomber Command Operation Hurricane met with critical acclaim.

Andy Macdonald has always been fascinated by the men and women of RAF Bomber Command. His great uncle, a Lancaster pilot, was killed in June 1943. 'He was my hero and one of my greatest inspirations.'

Howard Sandall is the No. 622 Squadron historian, the author of the squadron's history We Wage War By Night and contributor to D-Day and V-Weapons Bomber Command Failed to Return. His research into his uncle's time with Bomber Command has led to him expanding his interest to other squadrons with the aim of perpetuating memories for future generations.

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