Fighting High Books
Bomber Command Battle of Berlin Failed to Return - Author and Veteran signed
Signed by Bomber Command veterans
Rusty Waughman DFC AFC: No. 101 Squadron Lancaster Pilot. Rusty flew operationally during the Battle of Berlin period and wrote the foreword to the book.
George Dunn DFC L d'H: Nos 10, 76 Squadron Halifaxes and 608 Squadron and 1409 Met Flight Mosquito pilot - 44 operations. George flew on the first Battle of Berlin raid on 23rd August 1943.
Harry Irons DFC: Harry completed 60 bombing operations with RAF Bomber Command; with No. 9 Squadron on Lancasters and then with No. 158 Squadron on Halifaxes. Harry flew operationally with, and talks about, one of the airmen who has a chapter in the book, Billy Colson DFM.
Jo Lancaster DFC: Pilot, Nos 40 Squadron, Wellingtons, and 12 Squadron, Lancasters, completing 54 operations. First man to use the Martin-Baker ejection seat in an emergency.
Hal Gardner: Nos 106 and 189 Squadrons Lancaster Navigator.
Gerry Norwood: Gerry served as an air gunner with No. 460 (RAAF) Squadron and completed a full tour of duty during the Battle of Berlin period.
and Authors: Steve Darlow, Robert Owen, and Howard Sandall.
Bomber Command Battle of Berlin Failed to Return
by Steve Bond, Steve Darlow, Sean Feast, Andrew MacDonald, Robert Owen, Nicole Russell, Howard Sandall
Hardback - 128pp - 275 x 210mm. Illustrated throughout in colour and b&w
World Rights - Fighting High Ltd. ISBN - 978-0-9934152-7-2.'Tonight you are going to the Big City. You will have the opportunity to light a fire in the belly of the enemy that will burn his black heart out.' The message from Commander-in-Chief of RAF Bomber Command Sir Arthur Harris was clear. As the Second World War continued into a fifth year, the airmen of Bomber Command were to fly deep into hostile airspace and bring the war direct to the German Nazi capital Berlin. From the autumn of 1943 to the last days of winter in early 1944, during the hours of extended darkness, the bomber crews braved the flak, the searchlights, enemy night fighters and extremes of weather, to bombard the black heart . Prior to the all-out campaign against the 'Big City' Sir Arthur Harris firmly believed his bomber force could break the German will to wage war, but he also prophesied that 'It will cost us between 400 and 500 aircraft'.
Fighting High Publishing brings together acclaimed Bomber Command historians to tell the story of some of the thousands of airmen who failed to return from operations as part of the 1943 and 1944 Bomber Command Battle of Berlin. The authors, utilising family archives, personal testimony and records, wartime memoirs, diaries and letters, witness recollections, logbooks, and official documents, piece together the remarkable, yet ultimately tragic events surrounding the losses described. Illustrated throughout with previously unpublished black and white and colour photographs Bomber Command Battle of Berlin Failed to Return ensures the memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice is kept alive. We Will Remember Them.