A Raid Over Berlin (Paperback)John Martin (author)
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Compelling and humane, John Martin’s account of miraculous survival and a cruel twist of fate opens a window to both profound courage and hope's salvation.
1941 at 20,000 feet. On his third night-time bombing raid, John Martin’s Lancaster bomber was hit by heavy fire over Berlin and, consumed by fire, began to disintegrate in mid-air. Four of the aircraft’s crew were killed. Martin and two other crew members escaped the flames and, by some miracle, managed to parachute toward apparent safety.
All this, however, was only the beginning of an ordeal that would last the entirety of the war. Captured by the Nazis and interrogated, the 21-year-old trainee wireless operator found himself imprisoned and forced to endure terrible hardship as the war rumbled on across Europe. Sustained by the memories of his beloved fiancé Adelaide, it was not until 1945 the couple would finally reunite. Now both in their mid-nineties, they are still married to this day.
John Martin’s vivid account of that experience forms A Raid Over Berlin, his story of an almost unimaginable time when thousands of airmen flew to their deaths in similar raids across the Second World War.
Over 55,000 aircrew perished across the course of the conflict, and Martin’s compellingly-delivered story stands as testament to their courage, both in and out of the air.
Publisher: Parthian Books
Number of pages: 248
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“raid over berlin”
great read recommended
“Bought in support of John Martin”
I watched a TV news article about John Martin and was so touched by this that i bought copies of the book as Christmas gifts for some friends purely to support John. I am yet to read the book myself as I gave all the... More
“A Raid over Berlin by Mr J Martin”
A good personal insight to one mans war, short and concise could have been copied direct from his diary. Glad I read it!
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