One of the finest war memoirs ever written 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 Pedens story of his training in Canada and England, and his crews 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....
|Title||:||A Thousand Shall Fall: The True Story of a Canadian Bomber Pilot in World War Two|
|Publisher||:||Dundurn April 1, 2003|
|Number of Pages||:||490 pages|
|File Size||:||793 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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A Thousand Shall Fall: The True Story of a Canadian Bomber Pilot in World War Two Reviews
I stumbled across this book while researching the life and times of my uncle who was killed during WW2. It happened that Murray Peden's experiences closely shadowed those of my uncle at several different bases, and it gave me some incredible insights into what it was like at the time. Also, because I've been researching this topic myself, I've had a chance to independently verify a number of the different events in the book.
It is an excellent story. Written with obvious personal experience. His way of telling a story is right where it needs to be. My only fault with this digital book is the editing!!! There have been several misspellings and some that used the wrong item to indicate a number, for example, one of the aircraft was a Wellington III, it was identified as a Wellington iII.....I read a lot and errors like this stand out. The writer is great, the editing is not so great.
I got this book for my boyfriend, who is Canadian, his Father was a bomber pilot. He said it was a great book and he really enjoyed it. He has a fascination with history and war, so this was right up his alley.
Excellent book and excellent source. When you put this book down Murray Peden will be a real person who you spent time with during the war. Early into his operational time he flies supplies to Free French in occupied France. He tells how they did it, the problems, the failures. Inside is best description I've read of being in bomber stream headed for target in Germany. Being over that target and getting away. Day by day from induction. Highly recommend.
This is one of the better biographies I've read. The author is gifted with a profound writing style. I found myself quietly chuckling, outright laughing and some times on the verge of tears. If you are an aviation enthusiast like myself you will not be disappointed. I know I'll read this book one or two more times.
Murry Peden has done an outstanding job putting on paper his experiences as an RCAF bomber pilot in WWII. He has an uncanny and unique ability to draw the reader in and be a part of the experience, both good and bad. When a close friend was killed, I shared his grief. On the other hand, I laughed out loud during the light moments of that terrible time in history.
This has to be one of the best WW2 stories I have ever read. I had no idea that Canada had played such a huge part in training Bomber Command pilots and the unbelievable sacrifice and loss of life. I would have loved to have known what the author did for the rest of his life on returning to Canada.
A well written account of a young man growing up far to quickly fighting a war. It made me feel how lucky I am to grow up in peaceful times in my country and how much we owe to those that were not so lucky.