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RAAF Bombers Over Germany, 1941-42.


RAAF Bombers Over Germany, 1941-42

Anthony Cooper

Rosenberg Publishing


224 pages



Cooper draws on primary sources provided by unit diaries, captainsAE strike reports and other records generated and preserved by the air forceAEs wartime bureaucracy for this detailed history of three Australian bomber units, which were formed in England in 1941 (455, 458, 460 squadrons) and ended when 460 was withdrawn to convert to the new four-engine bombers in autumn 1942. Citing its controversial aspects, Cooper, as well as contributing authors, confront hard truths. He notes that no book on the bombing war can pretend that there were not highly disturbing elements to the RAFAEs campaign, particularly since mid-twentieth-century warfare was typically ruthless, callous and grossly inefficient in its application of firepower, and in an era lacking precision targeting systems, air power in particular was a staggeringly imprecise instrument of war. One result is that the story of the RAAF bombing campaign has given rise to an unusually vigorous historiography. The book deals with the wartime flying of a cohort of more than 500 air crewmen. Individuals are mentioned by name and rank to assist the reader in identifying who is referred to and what their place in the air force organization hierarchy is. Distributed in the US by ISBS. ([umlaut] Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR)

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