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Lancaster Down (paperback) - author signed

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Lancaster Down (paperback) - author signed


Lancaster Down!

The Extraordinary Tale of Seven Young Bomber Aircrew at War

Signed by author Steve Darlow

Paperback: 224 pages

Publisher: Grub Street

ISBN-13: 9781908117267


Arthur Darlow, the author’s grandfather, served as a pilot with RAF Bomber Command during the Second World War. Initially flying Halifaxes with No. 427 Squadron he then became a Pathfinder, piloting a Lancaster with No. 405 Squadron. Arthur and his crew were one of the legions of men who took the offensive to the enemy for most of the war. Their story, vividly recreated here, is special. The crew’s tour starts with Bomber Command’s Main Offensive in late 1943. German night fighters and flak regiments defend their homeland with grim determination and losses are high. But our crew survive. Thousands do not. Darlow’s crew continue, preparing for D-Day and the invasion of Western Europe. One day though, they are shot down over Belgium, to become, in turn, prisoner, evader, casualty. Collectively they experience it all. Not romanticised but written with feeling and respect, this book should be read by all age groups.


'The author...tells the story with an eye for detail which vividly portrays the daily and nightly terrors faced by bomber crews.' Western Morning News

'Superbly detailed.' Flypast

'An encounter with reality, of fear and frustration, victory and delight. A worthy successor to the film Memphis Belle.' --Oxford Times

'The book is fascinating... The author is to be commended both for the detailed research he has put in, and for including many personal accounts by the Belgians who had so bravely helped them.' --The Bulletin of the Military Historical Society

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