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Above Us, The Stars  ( 9781838595555 )
"A tremendous read, interweaving military, social and family history...beautifully written and unbearably moving." Over 55,000 young Bomber Command airmen made the ultimate sacrifice; thousands more of their comrades survived one of the bloodiest and most controversial campaigns of the Second World War, but never spoke about their experiences after the end of hostilities. Above Us The Stars tells the story of one of those men, 20-year-old wireless operator Jack Clyde. Through contemporary documents, Jack's own notes, Squadron records, family testimony, interviews with Bomber Command veterans and German civilians, the author pieces together not only the story of Jack and his 10 Squadron Halifax crew, but also that of the family he left behind in the Durham mining town of Seaham Harbour.
Why did so many men like Jack remain silent? Why were they unwilling or unable to tell their stories? How did the families of the "Bomber Boys" cope? How did these young men deal with the death and destruction they wrought upon German civilians, and the loss of so many of their comrades? The author explores the answers to these questions and more, and casts a new perspective on the RAF bombing campaign, in this vivid account of wartime in North East England, and of the experiences of the "Silent Heroes" of Bomber Command.
Jane Gulliford Lowes

Above Us, The Stars ( 9781838595555 )

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