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During August, I completed five book reviews, two of which are published below for your perusal. The other three will follow soon.

Voices in Flight – RAF Night Operations
Martin W. Bowman
Barnsley, Pen & Sword Aviation 2015
231 pp  ISBN 978 1 78383 194 4 (hbk) £25.00

Written by the prolific military author, Martin Bowman, this is one of a series he is producing entitles ‘Voices in Flight’.  It comprises eleven chapters, all of which are stand-alone stories based around the subject area, in this case Night Operations.  Each story is provided by a contributor, or from archives, and relates to their experiences of a particular operation or event during the Second World War.

The book reads well, and as it is based upon personal accounts, it contains the contributor’s views and anecdotes.  It is not a history of R.A.F. night operations, but it does not pretend to be that, it is a collection of interesting stories around the subject area.  As such, I enjoyed reading it, as it is a book you can pick up and put down, because each chapter is self-contained.

All in all, an enjoyable read for anyone interested in this subject area, and an insight into the emotions and feelings of aircrew of the time.

Voices in Flight – The Heavy Bomber Offensive of WWII
Martin W. Bowman
Barnsley, Pen & Sword Aviation 2015
224 pp  ISBN 978 1 78383 193 7 (hbk) £25.00

Written by the prolific military author, Martin Bowman, this is one of a series he is producing entitles ‘Voices in Flight’.  It comprises fourteen chapters, all of which are stand-alone stories based around the subject area, in this case the R.A.F. heavy bomber offensive.  Each story is provided by a contributor, or has been sourced through archives or associations, and relates to their personal experiences of a particular operation or series of events during the Second World War.

The book reads well, and as it is based upon personal accounts, it contains the contributor’s views and anecdotes.  It is not a history of R.A.F. bombing campaign, or of Bomber Command, but it does not pretend to be that, it is a collection of interesting stories around the subject area.  I enjoyed reading it within its context; you can pick it up and put it down, because each chapter is self-contained.

All in all, an enjoyable read for anyone interested in this subject area, and an insight into the emotions and feelings of aircrew of the time.

 

Released September 10, 2015