Published by Pen & Sword Books UK; distributed by South Pacific Books, 03 April 2017, RRP: $59.99
“25 April 1941 – Twenty-six years ago today the Anzacs were fighting for their lives. Today they are doing the same in approximately the same part of the world. The odds against them are terrific. But they fight with the same unconquerable spirit as their fathers did. We are going on operations tonight. Our first trip, they call it ‘Freshman’ trip! Made careful preparations, cleaned the guns. We have all made our wills etc. Going on a raid tonight. Taking 3000lbs of bombs with us.” – Ian Walker RAF, diary entry
The 125,000 brave men who fought with Bomber Command played a significant part in the Second World War, turning the fortunes of the allies. But for decades, their pivotal role remained unsung; the legacy of the heavy bombardment of German cities and high civilian casualties towards the end of the war, which shrouded their controversial bombing campaigns. However, the airmen of Bomber Command were finally recognised for their extraordinary valour and service in 2012.