Bombers Over Berlin: The RAF Offensive, November 1943-March 1944

Bombers Over Berlin: The RAF Offensive, November 1943-March 1944

by Alan W. Cooper

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Overview

First published to acclaim in 1985, this book is set to be a timely release, in line with the 70th Anniversary of the outset of the Raids, near approaching in November 2013. Berlin itself was 'the Big City'. It was deep in the heart of Germany and heavily defended with flak and night fighters, not only because it was the administrative capital but also because it was vital for the German war production machine. Heavy losses could be expected on any raid to Berlin. So when the curtain was swept back on the briefing map to reveal the red ribbon stretching towards Berlin there was added tension for the bomber crews. Between November 1943 and March 1944, Berlin was the target no less than sixteen times. 9,112 sorties were flown and 495 aircraft were lost.As in his previous books, Alan Cooper has painstakingly researched all the details of the raids, telling the stories of individual crews who flew on them, of those who returned safely and those who were shot down, becoming POWs or evading capture, either returning to the UK or remaining at large in occupied Europe. He tells of the heroism of the pilots and crews grappling with heavily -loaded bombers against night fighters, often nursing stricken aircraft back to base, with many failing to return.Acclaim for Bombers Over Berlin:What makes this book so remarkable and interesting is its anthology of short but graphic accounts of the trials and tribulations of the dozens of bomber crews involved...Bombers Over Berlin is unique in its compilations of such a large number of personal anecdotes covering the hazards of sustained fighter and flak attacks...a thoroughly well researched chronicle Ken Batchelor, former Chairman of the Bomber Command Association.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781783036516
Publisher: Pen & Sword Books Limited
Publication date: 02/19/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 861,999
File size: 30 MB
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About the Author

Alan Cooper has been an avid aviation historian and writer for some years. His previous titles, published by Pen and Sword, include Air Gunner: The Men who Manned the Turrets, Target Leipzig: The RAF's Disastrous Raid of 19/20 February 1944, and Free to Fight Again: RAF Escapes and Evasions 1940-1945.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements 9

1 Target Berlin 11

2 The Battle Begins 26

3 Going to the Big City 40

4 No Respite 57

5 Over Berlin 93

6 The New Year 125

7 The Weather Sets In 131

8 The End is Near 168

9 The End 185

10 The Outcome 211

Appendices:

Aircraft and crew losses in the Battle of Berlin 223

Attacks on Berlin 1940-45 309

Bomb Tonnage 310

Sources 311

Index 313

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