A Thousand Shall Fall: The True Story of a Canadian Bomber Pilot in World War Two

Dundurn, 1 de jan. de 2003 - 490 páginas

During World War II, Canada trained tens of thousands of airmen under the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan. Those selected for Bomber Command operations went on to rain devastation upon the Third Reich in the great air battles over Europe, but their losses were high. German fighters and anti-aircraft guns took a terrifying toll. The chances of surviving a tour of duty as a bomber crew were almost nil.

Murray Peden's story of his training in Canada and England, and his crew's operations on Stirlings and Flying Fortresses with 214 Squadron, has been hailed as a classic of war literature. It is a fine blend of the excitement, humour, and tragedy of that eventful era.

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Comentário do usuário  - MHStevens - LibraryThing

Although it was written in the 1970's, Murray Peden's masterwork succeeds and survives to this day by giving us youngsters an insider's look at life as a front line WW2 bomber pilot. Peden's book is ... Ler resenha completa

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Comentário do usuário  - Chris_El - LibraryThing

One of the best memiors I've read about the European bombing campaign. And one of the few I've read from the RAF night bombing perspective. Peaden walks you through the whole training program he went ... Ler resenha completa


Initial Training School
Elementary Flying Training School
Service Flying Training School
Bournemouth Leave English Map Reading
Pilot Advanced Flying Unit
Operational Training Unit First Phase
Operational Training Unit Second Phase
Farewell to the Stirling
The Americans Conquer the
Return to War With New Weapons
The Move to Oulton and Blickling Hall The Invasion
Phantom Fleets and Other Weapons
Operations The Secondary Toll
Closing Glimpses Mainly Pleasant

Heavy Conversion Unit Stradishall
Operational Flying Apprenticeship
Main Force Journeymen
Tempsford New Secrets
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Sobre o autor (2003)

Murray Peden was the first Chairman of the Manitoba Securities Commission. A bestselling author, his articles have appeared in aviation magazines and newspapers in Canada, England, and the United States. He was a bomber pilot in World War II, and his autobiography has been hailed as one of the finest war memoirs ever written.

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