A Thousand Shall Fall: The True Story of a Canadian Bomber Pilot in World War Two

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Dundurn, Jan 1, 2003 - History - 490 pages

During World War II, Canada trained tens of thousands of airmen under the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan. Those selected for Bomber Command operations went on to rain devastation upon the Third Reich in the great air battles over Europe, but their losses were high. German fighters and anti-aircraft guns took a terrifying toll. The chances of surviving a tour of duty as a bomber crew were almost nil.

Murray Peden's story of his training in Canada and England, and his crew's operations on Stirlings and Flying Fortresses with 214 Squadron, has been hailed as a classic of war literature. It is a fine blend of the excitement, humour, and tragedy of that eventful era.

 

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Although it was written in the 1970's, Murray Peden's masterwork succeeds and survives to this day by giving us youngsters an insider's look at life as a front line WW2 bomber pilot. Peden's book is ... Read full review

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One of the best memiors I've read about the European bombing campaign. And one of the few I've read from the RAF night bombing perspective. Peaden walks you through the whole training program he went ... Read full review

Contents

Enlistment The RCAF
1
Initial Training School
15
Elementary Flying Training School
29
Service Flying Training School
58
Convoy
91
Bournemouth Leave English Map Reading
110
No 20 Pilot Advanced Flying Unit
147
Operational Training Unit First Phase
166
Farewell to the Stirling
316
The Americans Conquer the RAF
337
Return to War With New Weapons
365
The Move to Oulton and Blickling Hall The Invasion
377
Gelsenkirchen
386
Phantom Fleets and Other Weapons
413
Operations The Secondary Toll
424
Closing Glimpses Mainly Pleasant
450

Operational Training Unit Second Phase
193
Heavy Conversion Unit Stradishall
222
Operational Flying Apprenticeship
242
Main Force Journeymen
263
Tempsford New Secrets
278
Epilogue
477
Appendix
484
Index
486
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About the author (2003)

Murray Peden was the first Chairman of the Manitoba Securities Commission. A bestselling author, his articles have appeared in aviation magazines and newspapers in Canada, England, and the United States. He was a bomber pilot in World War II, and his autobiography has been hailed as one of the finest war memoirs ever written.

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