Author(s): Patrick Bishop
Patrick Bishop looks at the lives and the extraordinary risks that the painfully young pilots of Bomber Command took during the air-offensive against Germany from 1940-1945. As featured on the BBC 1 documentary BOMBER BOYS, presented by Ewan McGregor. They came from every corner of Britain and its Empire. They were the best of their generation!heading for one of the worst tasks of WWII. Like RAF pilots, the thousands of brave young men who joined Bomber Command took to the air to help Britain triumph in World War Two. But in the glow of victory, the fighter pilots were lauded for their efforts while the Bomber Boys faded in national memory. Crucial in the heat of combat, they were politically awkward afterwards. Yet with an average life expectancy shorter than that of soldiers on the Western front in WWI, these men faced death, injury and capture time and again to send bombs through the shrieking flak onto enemy territory. 'Bomber Boys' is a tribute to their strength, courage and heroism - filling in the historical blanks and immortalising their memory.
'Deeply humane, lucidly written and powerful!All this bravery, and the way of life that supported it, are faithfully recorded in Bishop's refreshingly unpretentious account.' Michael Burleigh, Sunday Times 'This is the best kind of military history - the kind in which the author never loses sight of the impact of war on its victims, German as well as British, and those who were left behind. "Bomber Boys" will remind the survivors that they and their lost comrades are not forgotten. And it reminds the rest of us what their war was all about.' Daniel Johnson, Evening Standard 'This is a terrific book, so riveting, exciting and moving that it must help bring back the Bomber Boys to their rightful place of honour. A true war memorial.' Montagu Curzon, Spectator 'A compelling account of life in RAF Bomber Command![Bishop] covers every aspect of their lives!as he tells their stories, he keeps hold of the strategy that led these men to be flying in the first place.' Daily Telegraph 'Wonderfully sensitive and sympathetic!Bishop has produced a superb human portrait of the men who did so many remarkable things over Germany!this book is a fitting memorial to their sacrifice, and an admirably judicious verdict on the successes and failures of the bomber offensive.' Daily Mail 'Bishop narrates with the combination of cool curiosity and warm engagement common to the best foreign correspondents (a category to which, of course, he belongs)!Above all, he reveals how humanity stubbornly survives even within inhumanity!May Patrick Bishop's moving, sensitively written book gain many readers.' Frederick Taylor, Literary Review 'This book is!a tribute to the courage of the "Bomber Boys" themselves. It is not only persuasively argued but also thrilling and in places profoundly moving.' Daily Express 'I closed the book feeling a great flood of pity for both the bombed and the bombers. There is no contradiction: both were the sacrificial victims of war!as in all good books, it is the details that stick in the mind.' Mail on Sunday 'Brings vividly to life the experiences of the nearly half million people who served in Bomber Command!makes superb use of interviews with veterans, but also covers the strategic and moral issues with admirable objectivity and clarity.' The Times 'Bishop builds up an intimate day-to-day portrait of life in Bomber Command, through an extensive series of interviews!superbly written and authoritative!the members of Bomber Command now have a fitting commenmoration of their heroic deeds.' Observer 'No one reading this book can possibly doubt the heroism of those involved! there can't be a finer history.' New Statesman Praise for Fighter Boys: 'Powerful yet restrained, at times almost unbearably touching.' TJ Binyon, Evening Standard 'A superb account of the spirit and character of Fighter Command.' Martin Fletcher, Independent 'I know of no more thoughtful nor yet more moving study of their achievement.' Max Hastings, Sunday Telegraph 'No one reading this book can possibly doubt the heroism of those involved!there can't be a finer history.' New Statesman 'Powerful yet restrained, at times almost unbearably touching.' Evening Standard 'As a vivid chronicle of who the Battle of Britain pilots were, what motivated them, and why they were ultimately successful, Fighter Boys is unsurpassed.' Daily Telegraph 'A living, breathing monument to the fighter boys.' Craig Brown, Mail on Sunday
Patrick Bishop is a senior correspondent for the Daily Telegraph and author of 'The Irish Empire'; with Eamonn Mallie, the acclaimed book 'The Provisional IRA', and the bestselling 'Fighter Boys'.