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Tail-End Charlies: The Last Battles of the Bomber War, 1944-45
Tail-End Charlies The Last Battles of the Bomber War 1944-45 Author:Tony Rennell, John Nichol Night after night they stifled their fears and flew through flak and packs of enemy fighters to drop the bombs that would demolish the Third Reich. The airmen of the United States 8th Army Air Force and British Bomber Command were among the greatest heroes of the Second World War, defying Hitler in the darkest early days of the war and tak... more »ing the battle to the German homeland when no one else would.
Toward the end of the conflict, too, they continued to sacrifice their lives to shatter an enemy sworn never to surrender. Blasted out of the sky in an instant or bailing out from burning aircraft to drop helplessly into hositle hands, they would die in the tens of thousands to ensure the enemy's defeat. Especially vulnerable were the 'tail-end Charlies" -- for the Americans, the last bomber in the formation who ended up flying through the most hell, and for the British, the rear-gunners who flew operations in a Plexiglas bubble at the back of the bomber.
Following their groundbreaking revelations about the ordeals suffered by Allied prisoners of war in their bestselling book, The Last Escape, John Nichol and Tony Rennell tell the astonishing and deeply moving story of the controversial last battles in the skies of Germany through the eyes of the forgotten heroes who fought them.« less
ISBN-13: 9780312349875 ISBN-10: 0312349874 Publication Date: 5/16/2006 Pages:432 Edition:1st U.S. Ed Rating: