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The most heart-breaking aspect is that many of these colourful individuals disappear without bombast or even confirmation, reflecting the way the squadron approached the perils of their job and pahl relationships they made that could only ever be considered temporary. However, he accepts that he is unlikely to get the book back, since it was bought in good faith by a collector in Deal.

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Just imagine using a 4 engine Lancaster on low level mission after low level mission, the courage these men had is hard to find in todays culture.

Gripping, in-flight and chilling. So anyone could have taken it over the years. Subsequent feats included raids on heavily defended Nazi U-Boat pens, V-1 and V-2 secret flying bomb bases, the destruction of key bridges and aqueducts an Published in and revised and updated inDam Busters tells the story of weapons scientist Sir Barnes Wallis and the Xambusters Squadron who delivered the specialized ordnance he designed to take out key German dams destroying their electric generators and flooding the areas down stream at great risk and at the cost of many casualties.

The first chapters up to the dam raids are outstanding, the rest of them maybe a bit less exciting, with less suspense, but also extremely interesting as they show that Squadron was pauk only about the dam raids but a lot of other high precision bombing attacks during the war, using new bombs and different tactics. This book reads very quickly and it’s very interesting.


I have to say that I never even knew this existed. Feb 12, Mark Adkins rated it really liked it. Oct 11, Yubal Masalker rated it it was amazing. He dismissed this information at first, thinking that he was talking about a rerun of The Dam Busters film, or something similar, but the colleague persisted, telling him that his father was mentioned by name. This page was last edited on 11 Julyat Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

He initially approached its former commanding officer Leonard Cheshire, who declined citing health issues and his work commitments running a hospice.

Get to Know Us. The book also covers the subsequent history of Squadron, as an elite squadron specializing in attacking difficult targets with outsize weapons and precision techniques. I informed Vanessa Farnham that I was publishing this story, and she sent me the following comments: Refresh and try again.

Thus, I purchased a new copy to enjoy. Mar 21, Adam rated it really liked it Recommends it for: This is a book I previously owned that some vanished in the halls of time.

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Eventually he discovered that not only was Barnes Wallis involved with the squadron in developing the bouncing bombs used during Operation Chastise but he had also designed the Grand Slam and Tallboy bombs used by the squadron later in the war. By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. You could end up on television brickhiol with a tidy sum in your pocket. Oct 14, Kim rated it really liked it Bricjhill Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1.


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The book also follows the story of the bomb’s creator, Wallis, who is also responsible for the earthquake bomb. As the squadron had had a number of commanding officers including Guy Gibson, Harold Martin and Leonard Cheshire this was not helpful in maintaining the continuity of the narrative. Of course historical documents and registers are often the only evidence historians have to extrapolate from so the job of telling the story of a real person who didn’t survive becomes ever more difficult the further we are from the event.

Jun 20, David Ferrers rated it really liked it Shelves: Vintage Radio Australia Well, this is extraordinary!