No Place for Chivalry

No Place for Chivalry

Alastair Goodrum

War / World War II

The narrative is pitched at a level of detail and with such human interest content that it enables readers not only to grasp what is happening and why but also to feel the tensions, frustrations and euphoria of success that the aircrews felt at the time. The reader gets a view from the cockpit or gun turret, to ‘meet’ and ‘fly’ with the men of both sides who fought in the air at night - men whose moral standards on the ground were above reproach but, when fighting in the night sky, gave no quarter.
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They Spread Their Wings

They Spread Their Wings

Alastair Goodrum

War / World War II

How Lincolnshire schoolboys became combat airmen—the adventures of six brave young men in WWII. What turns an ordinary man into an extraordinary one? The answer lies in these stories of teenage volunteers for wartime aircrew who exchanged their school uniforms for Air Force Blue and took a giant step into the unknown. It was a dangerous adventure, but one with a hugely tempting prospect: the opportunity to FLY. From the skies over Europe to jungles, deserts, and the waters of the Chinca sea, this collection of true tales describes these six men's experiences of training for those coveted "wings." The nervous excitement of that first sortie over enemy territory and flying into the hell of an enemy flak barrage and fighters is told from original research from flying log books, diaries, and family archives. Some of the brave characters revealed in this book get home safely but some are shot down and experienced hardship, adventures, and dangers that are the stuff of nightmares....
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