Enemy Coast Ahead - Uncensored: The Real Guy Gibson

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Enemy Coast Ahead - Uncensored: The Real Guy Gibson

Enemy Coast Ahead - Uncensored: The Real Guy Gibson

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I happen to think he was quite extraordinary from within the utterly extraordinary mass of men who flew in Bomber Command. Flight Lieutenant Sydney Victor Grimes (May 6th 1922 - May 27th 2022) Lancaster gunner and wireless operator who flew on the raid that sank the Tirpitz]. Beatrice " Gwennie " ( " Nora "'s younger sister ) and her husband, John Christopher, took care of their nephews and attended some school functions to support them. VHF radio sets were installed to allow better command and control while over the target (they were standard in fighters but this was the first time a bomber’s cockpit was fitted with them).

An average student, Gibson always had a passion for flying, and commenced flying training in November 1936 at the Bristol Flying School. In early 1937, he began RAF basic training at RAF Uxbridge, and was awarded his pilot's wings in May 1937.S. Churchill ( 1874 - 1965 ) visiting Canada for the Québec Conference and the United States ( August 4th - December 1st, 1943 ). Immediately upon leaving command of 106, he was tagged to command what would become 617 Squadron and train and prepare them for Operation Chastise, the Dams raid. clean and otherwise unmarked on strong mildly age-toned paper; front gutter cracked; photo portrait of author frontis. Guy Gibson is, of course, more than just a pilot, he was the celebrated leader of the 617 squadron, the Dam Busters.

An interesting and engaging autobiographical account, written by one of the pilots who flew in the infamous Dambuster raids towards the end of the Second World War. This is the story of a British bomber pilot from the immediate pre war period and culminates in the destruction of the Ruhr Valley damns.By then he had flown two full tours on bombing ops with 83 and 106 Squadrons, another one as a night-fighter pilot with 29 Squadron and, of course, the Dam Busters raid with 617 Squadron on 16 May 1943. This edition of the book, published by Crecy, has used that draft, restoring some of Gibson's more robust and less than tactful opinions and comments on personalities, tactics and the course of the war, which the censor and his original publishers omitted.

This book was SO much better than I expected it to be, but I'm not going to rate it - to be honest, I don't think that books like this should be rated. The 1954 film, The Dam Busters, was based on both Gibson’s Enemy Coast Ahead and on Paul Brickhill's The Dam Busters. There are smatterings of truth embroidery in places, but can be forgiven, as they are few and far between.He then explains the amazing training that took place before the attack on the two dams in the Ruhr valley. Both the forward, and appendices, are an excellent read also, giving further depth, and confirmation to both his, and his squadrons heroics. The new edition retains the introduction by Sir Arthur Harris and adds new commentary from historian James Holland. This is a fascinating account of one of the war's most daring missions written by the man most responsible for its success. This book puts a human touch on a subject whose study has with the passage of time become very objective.

We were out to destroy German industry, to cut their transport system, to stop them bulding U-boats and ships, and to make their channels unnavigable by mines. If you are looking for a definitive account of the attacks on the dams of the Ruhr valley, then this isn't it; the formation of 617 Squadron, the Upkeep 'bouncing bomb' and the actual attack on the dams only comprise the final three chapters.

This is a fascinating book, written at the height of the war just after the famous Dams raid and just before Gibson’s untimely death. Gibson in his own words is not the marionette others have made him out to be NOR the firm jawed hero as portrayed by Richard Todd in the film but a far more complex and thoughtful character.

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