The casualty numbers are simply staggering – 55,573 airmen who served with RAF Bomber Command during the Second World War lost their lives in the fight against Nazism. A further 9,838 airmen became prisoners or war and 8,403 were wounded in action. These extraordinary and unprecedented loss statistics accumulated as the RAF bomber crews played their part in the prosecution of Allied grand strategy: defending the British Isles from invasion, blasting the enemy industrial infrastructure, supporting the Allied land campaigns, targeting the enemy Navy and U-boat threats, and countering the German V-weapon menace.
In this second volume concerning Bomber Command aircrew who ‘failed to return’, I have been invited once again by Steve Darlow of Fighting High Publishing to help tell the stories of those who became casualties. One of these stories is about my Great Uncle, Peter Noble, shot down and killed on his 24th operation – so close to the end.
Illustrated throughout with colour and black and white photographs, the vast majority previously unpublished, Bomber Command: Failed to Return II continues to ensure that the memory of the bomber boys, who sacrificed all, is kept alive.
‘Lest we forget.’
Published by Fighting High. Autumn 2012.