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Air gunner : the men who manned the turrets

Author: Alan W Cooper
Publisher: Barnsley, England : Pen & Sword Aviation, 2009.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"There have been several books published about the wartime experiences of individual air gunners but there is no general history of Air Gunners, their equipment, training or service in the various RAF Commands in which they served. This book explains in great detail how and why the trade of air gunner was developed at the outset of World War II. Chapters include the history of the guns and turrets, the famous  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
History
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Cooper, Alan W.
Air gunner.
Barnsley, England : Pen & Sword Aviation, 2009
(OCoLC)276226079
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Alan W Cooper
ISBN: 9781783409143 1783409142 9781783401864 1783401869
OCLC Number: 854584402
Notes: Includes index.
Reproduction Notes: Electronic reproduction. [S.l.] : HathiTrust Digital Library, 2011. MiAaHDL
Description: 1 online resource (328 pages) : illustrations
Details: Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
Contents: The men who manned the turrets --
Early combats --
Turrets and guns --
Never too old, or too young --
Outstanding operations --
Telegraphist air gunners --
Bomber command --
Coastal command --
The Far East --
The Middle East --
Prisoners of war/evasion/ casualities --
Awards --
Post war and national service air gunners --
The celebrity air gunners --
The mighty 8th USAAF --
Lack of morale fibre --
The Air Gunners' Association --
Dronten/Vaassen --
Appendix: air gunner casualties.
Responsibility: Alan W. Cooper.

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"There have been several books published about the wartime experiences of individual air gunners but there is no general history of Air Gunners, their equipment, training or service in the various RAF Commands in which they served. This book explains in great detail how and why the trade of air gunner was developed at the outset of World War II. Chapters include the history of the guns and turrets, the famous gunners, outstanding bravery during major raids, flying with Coastal Command, Bomber Command and overseas operations. It also includes the history of Air Gunners who became prisoners of war, outstanding bravery awards and American air gunners such as Clark Gable, John Huston and Charlton Heston. It includes many first-hand accounts of wartime combat as seen from the gun turret in the heat of battle. Air Gunners, 'tail-end Charleys' in particular, have always been popular wartime heroes as they flew in their isolated positions protecting their aircraft from enemy fighter attack in the skies over war torn Europe."--Publisher's description.

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