The Crew: The Story of a Lancaster Bomber Crew (Hardback)David Price (author)
A remarkable insight into the bravery and determination of British Bomber Command crews, who flew perilous missions deep over Germany during World War II. Constructed largely from the recollections of the one surviving member of Comans crew, Price’s thoroughly involving account of acute danger and intense courage brings the past vividly to life.
The Crew recounts the intimate, personal testimonies of Wing Commander Ken Cook who served as Bomb Aimer with the Comans crew. The Crew specifically follows Flying Officer Jim Comans and his crewmen from their enlistment as volunteers, through training and into operational service. The Comans crew flew forty-five hazardous bombing missions - mostly deep into Germany at night - through the winter of 1943 to the summer of 1944.
At ninety-five Ken Cook is the crew's last survivor. Enlisting in RAF Bomber Command at nineteen his extraordinary story brings a moving insight into the bombing campaign. His experiences, particularly during the Battle of Berlin, highlight the extreme danger each bomber crew faced. With Bomber Command's casualty rate of over 44%, the book describes how the airmen overcame immense physical and mental challenges to survive.
There are now very few surviving RAF Bomber Command airmen from the Second World War. The Crew will be one of the final eyewitness testimonies to a momentous time in our history.
Publisher: Head of Zeus
Number of pages: 448
Dimensions: 234 x 153 mm
'A fascinating and fast-paced account of the exploits of an Avro Lancaster bomber crew from 97 Squadron RAF' Herald.
'His eyewitness account is frank about the dangers of the role' i newspaper.
'A remarkable insight into the bravery, determination and skill of British Bomber Command crews during WWII' Waterstones.
'This book uses [Ken Cook's] story of bravery to shed light on the Second World War bombing campaign' The Times.
'The story of one Lancaster bomber crew, and of its last surviving member, former bomb-aimer Ken Cook provides the focus for David Price's sobering and poignant book' Mail on Sunday.
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