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Return of the Dambusters: The Exploits of World War II's Most Daring Flyers After The Flood

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Return of the Dambusters: The Exploits of World War II's Most Daring Flyers After The Flood

John Nichol

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ISBN 13: 978-1-4683-1501-1
Trim Size: 6” x 9”
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The ultimate account of the long-forgotten operations of RAF 617 Squadron, World War II's famous Dambusters

The Dambusters were the go-to forces for dangerous precision attacks: They bombed Hitler’s prize battleship, Tirpitz, as well as rocket sites, weapon strongholds, and the dams at the heart of the industrial Ruhr; they targeted enemy leaders including Hitler and Mussolini; and they created a false fleet on D-Day, which fooled the Germans. But they also suffered brutal losses, with 75 percent of 617 Squadron killed in action by the end of the war.

In this awe-inspiring book, John Nichol, himself a former RAF flight lieutenant, retraces the path of 617 Squadron’s most dangerous sorties, the ones largely lost to history. Including personal stories of the surviving Dambusters, Return of the Dambusters is a tense, poignant story of courage by men who braved death in the name of freedom.

"A straightforward account considers all sides to these precise missions.” —Kirkus

“This is both an exciting book and a saddening one... a tale of victory, in the end, magnificently told in lip-biting detail.” —The Daily Mail

“Drawing on interviews with survivors, as well as archive material... the book is [a] story of human suffering in the air and on the ground.” —The Times

John Nichol is the author, with John Peters, of the bestselling Tornado Down, and, with Tony Rennell, of The Last Escape and Tail-end Charlies. As a former RAF flight lieutenant in the first Gulf War, he was held as a prisoner of war when his bomber was shot down on a mission over Iraq. He is also a journalist and widely quoted military commentator.

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