Fighting High Books
A Thunder Bird in Bomber Command (Special Edition)
The Wartime Letters and Story of Lionel Anderson, the Man Who Inspired a Legend
Foreword by Shane Rimmer
Special edition hardback book with silver gilt edging to the pages and presented in a wibalin covered slipcase with silver foil stamping on the front and spine.
Hardback - 200pp - 234 x 156mm. Approx 30 black and white photographs.
World Rights - Fighting High Ltd. ISBN - 978-0-9926207-7-6.
A Thunder Bird In Bomber Command isn't just deeply moving, it's also a superb piece of social history. (History of War Magazine 2015)
It rattles along nicely, you get to know Lionel and then a rare operational account smacks you in the face. It is a rare treat. (Flightpath Magazine 2016)
A prolific letter writer, Lionel continually regaled his parents with tales of cowboys and indians, rattlesnakes and spiders, ground loops and near misses. He also talked of his Hollywood connections, his new ‘pals’ Preston Foster and Gene Tierney, and a movie in which he had ‘starred’ as an ‘extra’.
In A Thunder Bird in Bomber Command, acclaimed military aviation historian Sean Feast pieces together Lionel’s story revealing a young man dearly loved by his mother and father. He was similarly worshipped by his younger brother, Gerald, who would go on to become a world renowned television producer, director, and writer. It was Lionel’s connection with a little-known film that was to inspire Gerry Anderson to create a global phenomena - the legend of Thunderbirds.