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Bomber Command: The Men, Machines and Missions: 1936-1968


This book will cover the history of Bomber Command and emphasise its importance after the 1940 Battle of Britain when the tide of war changed, and assets became available to enable bombing of the enemy’s resources. The controversial military and political decisions that were made, for and against, area and strategic bombing will be addressed.

The entire organisation, Groups, Squadrons, Stations and the aircraft of Bomber Command, depended on the brave men and women that supported the Command’s ability to bring the bombing campaign to the enemy, night after night, despite appalling losses. Perhaps the most well known story to the general public is Wing Commander Guy Gibson and the ‘Dam Buster’ 617 RAF Squadron and its Avro Lancaster aircraft on the mission to destroy dams in the industrial Ruhr Valley in Germany.

This is their wartime story, spectacular successes and failures, that continued in peacetime as a strategic nuclear strike force into the early 1960s.


Chapter 1: The History of Bomber Command


Chapter 2: The Bomber Command Groups


Chapter 3: The Bomber Command Squadrons


Chapter 4: The Bomber Command Stations


Chapter 5: The Bomber Command Aircraft


Chapter 6: The Bomber Command Operations


Chapter 7: The Bomber Command Crews


Chapter 8: The Bomber Command Post-War 1945-1968