The Boy With Only One Shoe
by John Henry Miller & Caroline Brownhill
This new book, by former XV and 149 Squadrons Wireless Operator, John Henry Meller, should make a very interesting read. John survived the closing months of the year with these two squadrons and continued his service with 35 Squadron. Finally being de-mobbed in 1950 when he joined the Metropolitan Police. (But that's another story, currently being written by John and Caroline).
Co-author, Caroline, says this: -
John Henry Meller, 95-year-old veteran of XV and 149 Squadron has just published his memoirs of his experiences in
Lancaster Bombers during the war. The book covers his early life in growing up in Warrington in the 1920s through to his eventual service in Bomber Command as a wireless operator from RAF
Methwold and then RAF Mildenhall. John really takes you with him on this journey from childhood to going into combat in a Lancaster. His crew had several
close calls but were one of the few lucky ones to survive.
A particularly poignant account for those whose relatives served but didn't return - this book is a chance to walk in their shoes. An important reminder of why World War 2 remains one of the pivotal points in our history. These accounts need to be written but more importantly read - lest we forget.
Available on Amazon as a paper back or Kindle in support of the RAF Benevolent Fund. For more information see: JHMeller.com
One review states: -
A must read for anyone who wants to experience what it was like to be Bomber Command aircrew during World War 2; from their training
through to going into combat in a Lancaster Bomber. John describes beautifully what it was like living through those wartime years, waking up on an operational base in 1945. You really feel like
you are there with him. The empty beds, empty chairs and empty tables of colleagues who did not return and their abandoned cars and bikes in the car park.
This book was very difficult for John to write as it brings back memories long suppressed - but for the sake of the 55,573 young men who lost their lives in Bomber Command he wanted to record their story. This book needed to be written, but more importantly it needs to be read - lest we forget!
by Steve Smith
This book covers 218 Squadrons last 16 months of the war while flying Stirlings and the Lancaster. Good coverage of the development and operational use of GH. 400 odd pages, 200 odd photographs. £18 in paperback from the Amazon link below.
The Air Ministry Regrets
by Bob Whymark
In Oct / Nov 1945, 3 Lancasters carrying 87 people crashed off North Corsica. NOTHING was ever found of ANY of them! My Dad was in the 2nd one, seen to go down off Cap Corse by 3 other crews. He was Flt Lt John/Jack Whymark DSO DFC RAF, an Air Gunner who had completed 3 Tours & about 97 Ops. This is his story with an interweave of people involved from start to finish. It contains extracts from his diary of his 1st Tour of 39 Ops on 149 & 148 Sqns in 1940- 41, as well as similar for his other 2 Tours on 101 & 103 Sqns.
orders by contacting this e-mail: email@example.com
Price £9 + £1-45 p&p per book.
Air Vice Marshal Donald Clifford Tyndall Bennett CB, CBE, DSO, FRAeS Celebrating "Bennett" The Man 1910-1986
By Christopher John Coverdale.
Bennett was a pioneer of civil aviation and navigation and at age 31 would become the youngest Group Commander in the history of the
Royal Air Force. With his unique flying and navigational skills, Bennett Commanded 8 Group Path Finder Force, Bomber Command during 1942-1945, leading them and Bomber Command to
Bennett was an outstanding ambassador for King and Country, rarely equalled within the aviation and navigational world. The book covers
Bennetts incredible career in photos and views from Bennett and those close to him. His private and personal accounts on life and his career path which he reveals the setbacks and the life-changing
events that made him a legend. The book allows us to understand the thoughts and feelings of a fantastic leader.
148 GSM Photo Glossy with 365 photos
Printed in Full Colour
Image Wrap Hard Cover-landscape
See email below from the author:
Sadly the book is only sold via blurb.co.uk
I can purchase the book by getting a discount of up to 40% off Blurbs Price of £81.99 which would take my price down to £55 plus P& P to be added.
If someone wants to purchase from me I would sign the book for free but they would need to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Every Order would need to be on a pre-order bases payment via PayPal so that there is a record and a guarantee with regards money changing hands.
Orders take Ten days as the books are produced to order and made in Holland by Blurb.
If you need any other info please let me know.
If you follow the link below you'll see a book is being published about 75(NZ) Squadron at any time now:
BOMBER SQUADRON MEN WHO FLEW WITH XV SQUADRON by Martyn Ford-Jones
Please click on the file below to read the publishers press release about this new book by Martyn Ford-Jones. The launch is not yet confirmed, but he is am hoping it will be launched at Aces High Aviation Gallery, Wendover, near RAF Halton, Bucks, on a date to be confirmed, likely to be around 2nd March 2019.
FROM ST VITH TO VICTORY
by Steve Smith
Our 218 (Gold Coast) Squadron Historian, Steve Smith, has published a book called “From St Vith to Victory” about the Squadron’s campaign against Nazi Germany.
Steve was also kind enough to give the 'Register' a plug on the dust cover! The book was published in April 2015 and is available from Amazon.
WE WAGE WAR BY NIGHT by Howard J Sandall
This is an operational and photographic history of 622 Squadron Bomber Command by our 622 Squadron Historian, Howard Sandall. It is available from Gazelle Book Services on:
https://www.gazellebookservices.co.uk/GazelleBooks/sresult.pgm. It is also available from Amazon. The ISBN number is 9780764338144.
INTO THE WIND
Our 622 Squadron Historian has drawn our attention to this documentary called "Into the Wind". It is a feature length documentary film about the life and experiences of wartime Bomber Command crews. Two 622 Squadron veterans are amongst those featured; Des Andrewes and Bunny Burrows. More details are available from the website: http://www.intothewind.co.uk/. It is available from Amazon.
MY WAR by Derek Bigg DFC
Derek died in 2013 but has left us his memories in his book "My War". Our reviewer says: "It is an excellent read, being witty, descriptive and informative throughout. I would highly recommend it." It is published in paperback and being sold by: -
Crown Church, Kingsmills Road, Inverness IV2 3JT
Tel: - 01463 231140 and is approx £5 plus p&p
MACROBERTS REPLY - A STORY OF BRITISH RESILIENCE IN HISTORY'S DARKEST HOUR
by Philip Hamlyn Williams & Philip Jeffs
This is the true story of a widow making a donation to the RAF following the death of her three sons at the outbreak of WW2. Lady MacRobert requested that the money be used to buy a bomber as her way to reply to the Nazi regime. It was to be named 'MacRobert's Reply' and it would become perhaps the most famous Short Stirling bomber of the war. The story follows the commissioning of the bomber and the allocation of its crew, and through various missions until it was shot down in May 1942 in Denmark. However the story then picks up the sole survivor, and his own miraculous survival and assistance by the Danish resistance movement, his capture by the Germans, and his arduous incarceration in Stalag VIIIB leading to his participation in the famous 'Long March' of POW's ahead of the advancing Russian red army.
THE LAST FLIGHT OF T FOR TOMMY by Harry Bouwman
‘The last flight of T for Tommy’ tells in detail the story of Stirling R9168 No. XV sqdn RAF which crashed in The Netherlands on the 16th December 1942. All viewpoints – the allied side, the Germain side and the Dutch side – are woven together to create a more complete picture.
The book is available from the web shop of the International Bomber Command Centre: http://internationalbcc.co.uk/shop/the-last-flight-of-t-for-tommy/
Click on the pdf below to read some reviews of the book.
WOULD NOT STEP BACK by Hilary Pedersen & Associated Writers
A Biography Publication - NZ403460 Squadron Leader Philip John Lamason DFC & Bar
The true story of a reluctant Kiwi hero. Thrilled to announce that you can now visit www.phillamason.com to purchase your copy of "I Would Not Step Back..." ... available both in Hard Copy and Ebook formats.
The Dannevirke (in New Zealand) launch of the book will take place on the evening of Thursday, 8 February at the Dannevirke Services and Citizens Club. Attendance at this function is by invitation only.
Local sales opportunities for the Hard Covered book will happen on 9 February, 10am - 12noon at the Dannevirke Information Centre on High Street, and again at that same time and venue on Friday 16 February .