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Book: Lancaster Bomber Tail Gunner - The gripping short story of a bombing raid over Berlin and deadly encounters with German ME109 fighters in WW2 by Warne Wilson

Book: Lancaster Bomber Tail Gunner - The gripping short story of a bombing raid over Berlin and deadly encounters with German ME109 fighters in WW2 by Warne Wilson

categories: Book, WW2, Lancaster Bomber, Short Story, Raid, Me109, Aviation, Flying, War History, RAF, RAAF, Australia, Luftwaffe, World War II




Warne Wilson

Author Warne Wilsonabout this book: Readers interested in aircraft and World War 2 will find an absorbing read in this short story which features an old friend, Harry, who achieved the rare distinction of completing 30 tours as tail gunner in the famous Lancaster Bombers.

Harry has left us now but the story he told me once, about his close call with a Messerschmidt 109 night fighter in a raid over Berlin, lived on with me and I had to write about it.

I searched the commercial sites for a suitable cover image without success, and then I found an image of a wonderful painting at the Australian War Memorial. I contacted the Memorial and I am grateful for the permission they granted to me to use the image on the book cover.

I did research on Lancasters and related topics. I was awed to find that the four engines on Lancasters were Rolls Royce V 12s of massive capacity, designed to function reliably in the long distance raids.

If you read this book, please spare a thought for my quiet unassuming friend, Harry, he carried his guilt for a lifetime in having killed another human being; the pilot of the German ME109 night fighter.


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