Published by Woodfield in 2000, 150 pages. Paperback (N4446)
From the rear side cover: In this remarkable memoir, Tony Bird DFC recalls his World War II experiences as the pilot of a Lancaster bomber with No.61 Squadron of RAF Bomber Command during the Battle of Berlin in 1943/44.
Tony and his crew were involved in numerous night time raids on the heavily defended German capital, during which the bomber force had to run the gauntlet of enemy night fighters and intense anti-aircraft fire. There were many casualties but also many stories of narrow escapes and Tony has two such stories to tell - because he had the amazing good fortune to cheat death on two seperate occasions.
The first incident took place in the night sky directly above Berlin on 22nd September 1944 when a bizarre chain of events led to Tony's badly damaged aircraft returning to base minus most of its crew, including the navigator. For his actions that night Tony was awarded the DFC. The Second incident led to him baling out over enemy territory, and he was taken prisoner and eventually sent to Stalag Luft III
The condition of the book is generally excellent. The covers are clean and bright, the spine is tight and intact, and all pages are clean, intact, unblemished and tightly bound - the book looks like it has never been read!