Enemy Coast Ahead - Uncensored: The Real Guy Gibson
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ENEMY COAST AHEAD is Victoria Cross recipient Guy Gibson's action-packed memoir about his time in Bomber Command during World War II, including the Dambuster raid of 1943. One point of note is the speed with which the military and scientists brought the plans for this raid to fruition. The dam busters raid is legendary, and since my Dad was a USAAF bombardier in the Pacific and my wife’s uncle was an RCAF navigator assigned to RAF 627 Squadron in the Pathfinder force flying Lancs and Mosquitos, I thought I could learn a lot from this book. Guy Gibson led a critical raid against three dams in the Ruhr Valley - his squadron is still known as the Dam Busters. Make an offer on this piece Please enter your offer below and if we can accept it we’ll send you a code to use at check out so you can grab your piece.
They all attended an investiture at Buckingham Palace ( June 22nd ), performed by the Queen Elizabeth ( the futur Queen Mother, 1900 - 2002 ). Too much recon can tip off the Germans, however, which means that the fog of war is a very important aspect of the design. He gives a person view of the training and preparations for flying missions into Germany and does so in layman's language without a lot of difficult technical detail. The bomber war from 1939 to 1943 is described with great insight and shows a penetrating, analytical mind at work. The ground crews nicknamed him " Bumptious Bastard " because of his unsatisfactory behaviour towards them.Makes you proud of this country's attitude and determination during its darkest days not to go under like the rest of europe.
It was fascinating that, because this book was written during the war and the bouncing bomb was a military secret, Gibson never actually mentions that the bombs skipped along the water when dropped.
Gibson was later awarded the Victoria Cross, becoming at the time the most highly decorated British serviceman.