A Thousand Shall Fall (by Murray Peden)
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During the Second World War, Canada trained tens of thousands of airmen under the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan. Those selected for Bomber Command operations went on to rain devastation upon the Third Reich in the great air battles over Europe, but their losses were high. German fighters and anti-aircraft guns took a terrifying toll. The chances of surviving a tour of duty as a bomber crew were almost nil.
Murray Peden's story of his training in Canada and England, and his crew's operations on Short Stirlings and Boeing Flying Fortresses with RAF 214 Squadron, have been hailed as a classic of war literature. It is a fine blend of the excitement, humour, and tragedy of that eventful era.
490 pages with photos.