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Tail Gunner

Author : Richard Rivaz
ISBN : 9780752469690
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
File Size : 89. 95 MB
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First published in 1943, this is the gripping story of one man's involvement in RAF Bomber Command's fledgling offensive between August 1940 and December 1941. Dick Rivaz was tail gunner to Leonard Cheshire, one of the most famous RAF pilots of the Second World War, flying in Whiteleys with 102 Squadron and latterly in Halifaxes with 35 Squadron. Unique among wartime memoirs, Tail Gunner was written within months of the events described, with all the immediacy of being at the very heart of the action. Rivaz graphically describes his experiences on night bombing attacks against heavily defended enemy targets like Duisberg, Dusseldorf and Essen, and relates a dramatic shoot-out with German fighters over La Rochelle in broad daylight during July 1941. Rivaz reveals the fine spirit of comradeship which developed in RAF bomber crews during the Second World War. Having survived the war, including two rescues from the North Sea, he was killed in October 1945, aged just 37.

I Wanted Wings

Author : Gary R. Hill
ISBN : 9781438932569
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
File Size : 26. 36 MB
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Think about how much safer and relaxed you would feel if you knew what to expect from a relationship-before you got into one. In this book I lay open my experiences from what I feel God revealed to me about falling in love. A thriving growing relationship which enters into marriage waits within these pages. Where hands are still held within the revealed depths of love long after courtship, there is stability in behavior which promotes consistent growth. "As the bridegroom rejoices in His bride, so does the Lord rejoice in you." At last a pattern to behold and live for a full life.

Dead Before Dawn

Author : Frank Broome
ISBN : IND:30000110577065
Genre : History
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Frank Broome was a 15 year old schoolboy when he experienced the three major blitzes in his home city of Coventry and at the age of 17 volunteered for the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve in 1942 for pilot training. This autobiography, based on his copious diary entries and log books traces his pilot training in the UK, Canada and the USA where he flew single and twin-engined aircraft. Despite his almost perfect training record he, like many of his fellow trainees at this time, was not to gain his RAF wings. There was a shortage of air crew, other than pilots, and Frank eventually transferred to an air-gunnery course. On his return to the UK he undertook operational crew training on Wellington as a tail gunner and made operational training sorties over enemy territory shortly after the D-Day landings.His crew then converted to four-engined heavy bombers - first the Halifax and then the Lancaster. He gives first-hand detailed accounts of the many missions during his tour with No. 626 Squadron during the height of Bomber Command's massed raids over Germany and occupied Europe. Excitement abounds with narrow squeaks from enemy night-fighters, radar directed anti-aircraft fire and other hazards of this most dangerous task. He eventually flew with two Wing Commanders and a Squadron Leader with crews who gained several gallantry awards. His book is written with a skill that portrays the dangers inherent in his task, the humour of service life and the sound reasons why his generation were proud to fly with Bomber Command.

Backwards Into Battle

Author : Andy Doty
ISBN : UOM:39015050779761
Genre : World War, 1939-1945
File Size : 27. 82 MB
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"Pure gold," "enduring literature," "spell binding," "deeply moving," "insightful," "heartfelt," "riveting," & "one of the most interesting stories to come out of World War II" are some of the reader responses to this poignant memoir. It traces the transformation of a typical small-town boy into a seasoned B-29 tail gunner flying 21 bombing missions over Japan -- one of which ended in the death of three crewmates. This book is more than a war story: it is rich in boyhood & wartime humor & nostalgia, recounts the amazing innocence, patriotism & values of the author's generation, & comments on revisionist historians & the need to use the atomic bomb. It asks -- & answers -- the question of why men risk their lives time & again in the face of great danger. Dedicated to the lost crewmen, this gem of a book is a timely, perceptive & inspirational account of a 19-year-old's experiences in the most costly & destructive war in history. To order contact: Tall Tree Press, 4072 Scripps Ave., Palo Alto, CA 94306 or phone (415) 494-3897.

Tail Gunner

Author : Dee Phillips
ISBN : 9781630780111
Genre : Juvenile Fiction
File Size : 60. 76 MB
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These graphic and colorful 48-page books meet Common Core genre requirements and feature a fictional story, two pages of nonfiction, and two pages of activities, giving students some background knowledge necessary to understanding historical events. Using fiction to amplify history also allows students to think critically about the past--and piques curiosity, leading to further exploration and discovery. Reading Level: 2.0 to 3.0. Tail Gunner: The story of a bombing raid. "Another night. Another bombing raid. Will this mission be the one when we don't make it back?"

Diary Of A Tailgunner

Author : Ronald Costello
ISBN : 9781452058139
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
File Size : 65. 99 MB
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This book is about my experiences as a Tailgunner on a B-29 in Korea, during the Korean war. I am hopeing that it will give an insite to what this war was about. Although people call it a conflict, we as veterans of this conflict think otherwise, we believe it was a war. Come ride along with me on some 27 combat missions over North Korea. Venture into the night life on a B-29 at 29,000 ft. over the mountains of Korea, see the snow covered barron lands, hoping that we don't end up there..It also covers a little about my growing up and how I became a tailgunner, the extensive training it takes to become a crew member. Enjoy the book, I am sure you will

Memoirs Of A Tail Gunner

Author : Norman Ross
ISBN : 9780557786718
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