GLORIOUS IN SOLITUDE THE COURAGE OF ISOL

PATEMAN, COLIN

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Glorious in Solitude reveals detailed accounts from flying logbooks composed by young men who served in the RAF as Rear Gunners in WWII. Casualty rates were exceptionally high for these exposed and vulnerable men who shouldered the heavy responsibility of providing protection from the Luftwaffe who preyed upon his crew. Num Pages: 272 pages, 130black and white photographs. BIC Classification: 1DBK; 3JJH; HBWQ; JWG. Category: (G) General (US: Trade). Dimension: 242 x 157 x 21. Weight in Grams: 728. . 2015. Hardcover. . . . . Books ship from the US and Ireland. Bookseller Inventory #

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Synopsis: The Royal Air Force and her Commonwealth allies were thrust into war in 1939 with an ill-equipped structure of aircrew and aircraft. There had been pre-war plans in place to formally train 'air gunners', but these only materialized after the realization that air gunners were required in significant numbers. The Second World War saw a remarkable recognition of the role undertaken by these exceptional young men, all of whom volunteered for service. Many later climbed into small cramped and isolated Perspex turrets that were perched at the extremity of Whitley, Wellington, Lancaster and Halifax bombers. Glorious in Solitude explores stories of these 'rear gunners' taken primarily from flying logbooks and recommendations for gallant action. These brave young men were totally exposed, removed from their crew and charged with providing the ultimate protection from marauding Luftwaffe night fighters: they experienced dangers unique to their chosen trade. Glorious in Solitude also explores the historical aspects of equipment, uniform and the medals awarded to rear gunners. A fitting tribute to those men who endured such isolated hardship and to those who lost their lives in solitude.

About the Author: Colin Pateman lives in the South of England and has spent most of his working life as a Police Officer, retiring after 32 years' service. His key roles were as a handler of specialist search dogs and as a Police Search Advisor. He was trained by the Royal Engineers and was involved in many serious criminal investigations. Colin is an avid collector of aviation memorabilia and gains great satisfaction from gathering and preserving personal accounts of pilots and aircrews of the Second World War. His other aviation related publications include 'Airborne Animals & Cockpit companions' (Woodfield 2011)'Goldfish Caterpillars and Guinea pigs', 'Unwanted Hero' (Fonthill 2012) and 'Unshackled Spirit' (Fonthill 2013)

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