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Vale Ross Pearson

When I was growing up it was always tradition that my parents would give each of my sisters and I a book for Christmas. In 1996 mine was a large-format paperback with a blue cover and a picture of a scared-looking bloke in the rear turret of a Stirling bomber. 985 more words

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Book review: A God In Ruins by Kate Atkinson

Teddy Todd is rather surprised to find he has survived the Second World War. The main character in Kate Atkinson’s tenth novel has, after all, had a harrowing war experience and like 90% of those who joined Bomber Command during the war might have expected to have perished. 217 more words

Chris Hallam

Vicker's "Herculean" Tester

Testbed aircraft are always interesting thanks to their sometimes bizarre modifications. One example of a little-known testbed aircraft was the Vickers Type 289, which was a Wellesley bomber (itself not that well known today) adapted to test the Hercules two-row radial engine. 35 more words

Bomber Command Commemorative Day in Melbourne 2015

“Here they come!”

The cry went up among the crowd waiting outside the Shrine of Remembrance in the blustery winds of early last Sunday afternoon.

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This day in 1942 - Bill Goodman and the crew on an operation to Emden...

1942 and the day is 6th June at Oakington where 7 Squadron are based. The various crews at some point were briefed about their operation that night. 267 more words

Bomber Command in Canberra 2015

The cabbie who picked me up from the airport couldn’t work out why I would be coming to Canberra for non-work reasons.

On a weekend. 2,297 more words

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A Spark of the Divine: Kate Atkinson's A God in Ruins

Atkinson, Kate. A God in Ruins. Toronto: Bond Street Books-Random Canada, 2015.

When I was a child, passenger flights were still rare, so if one saw a plane in the sky, it was still most likely an RAF plane, and people would still look up into the sun, smile at each other, and say, “one of ours.” Ten years after VE day, the relief was still palpable. 952 more words

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