Books & films to buy






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: is also available from Amazon. The ISBN number is 9780764338144. 







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: 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




STIRLING TO ESSEN by Roger Leivers


In the file below is a description of this book which is available from Amazon.

Stirling to Essen book.pdf
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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. 






Steve has had a book published on RAF Downham Market, titled A STIRLING EFFORT 1942-1944. It records the Stirling operations of 218(Gold Coast), 623 and 90 Squadron. The book is available from Amazon.






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:


Click on the pdf below to read some reviews of the book.

T for Tommy reviews March 2017.pdf
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I 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 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 .






IN TIME by Steve Smith


Steve's new book will be published towards the end of June early July 2018. The Publisher is: Mention The War Publications. 

Money raised from sales of the book will be going towards a memorial at Downham Market.


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