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Lancaster: The Forging of a Very British Legend - John Nichol

Lancaster: The Forging of a Very British Legend - John Nichol
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Title: Lancaster

Author:  John Nichol

ISBN:  9781471180460

Weight:  990g

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Lancaster by John Nichol

From John Nichol, the Sunday Times bestselling author of Spitfire, comes a passionate and profoundly moving tribute to the Lancaster bomber, its heroic crews and the men and women who kept her airborne during the country’s greatest hour of need.

‘The Avro Lancaster is an aviation icon; revered, romanticised, loved.  Without her, and the bravery of those who flew her, the freedom we enjoy today would not exist.’

Sir Arthur Harris, the controversial chief of Royal Air Force Bomber Command, described the Lancaster as his ‘shining sword’ and the ‘greatest single factor in winning the war’.  RAF bomber squadrons carried out offensive operations from the first day of the Second World War until the very last, more than five and a half years later.  They flew nearly 300,000 sorties and dropped around a million tons of explosives, as well as life-saving supplies.  Over 10,000 of their aircraft never returned.  Of the 7,377 Lancasters built during the conflict, more than half were lost to enemy action or training accidents.

The human cost was staggering.  Of the 125,000 men who served in Bomber Command, over 55,000 were killed and another 8,400 were wounded.  Some 10,000 survived being shot down, only to become prisoners of war.  In simple, brutal terms, Harris’s aircrew had only a 40 per cent chance of surviving the war unscathed.

Former RAF Tornado Navigator, Gulf War veteran and bestselling author John Nichol now tells the inspiring and moving story of this legendary aircraft that took the fight deep into the heart of Nazi Germany.

Peer & Press Reviews

Lancaster - The Forging of a Very British Legend is a brilliant and engaging read.  A superbly crafted account which is visceral, thought-provoking, sad, funny and completely absorbing.  I thought I knew quite a lot about the legendary Lancaster bomber, but this book showed the aircraft in a whole new light.

Andy Saunders, Editor, Iron Cross magazine

A completely wonderful, brilliant book; surely Nichol’s best yet!  I was continuously drawn into the personal stories; it’s an emotional roller coaster of a read and a brilliant tribute to the men who flew the Lancaster.

Clive Rowley, Sqn Ldr and Former Officer Commanding, RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight

A wonderful homage to one of the most iconic aircraft ever built: compelling, thrilling and rooted in quite extraordinary human drama.

James Holland, author of Normandy 44

Bibliographic Info

Attribute Details
Title Lancaster
Subtitle The Forging of a Very British Legend
Author
Book Features
Edition / printing First edition, first printing
Edition features

The main body of the book is 408 pages, which includes one 8-page sections of photographs (colour and black & white) plus numerous monochrome images.

The front matter has an additional 13 pages:

Contents [2]
Acknowledgements [3]
Foreword [8]

The back matter has a further 32 pages:

Afterword [4]
Endnotes [13]
Bibliography [3]
Picture Credits [2]
Index [10]

Overall condition Fine / Fine (see our article on Condition Grades)
Signed In a signature panel on the front free endpaper
Book Stats
Publisher Simon & Schuster
Publication date
Printed by CPI Group (UK) Ltd, Croydon
ISBN 13 9781471180460
ISBN 10 1471180468
Format Hardcover with dust jacket
Pages 408 [main body]
Size (h x w x d) 241 x 162 x 37mm
Image and Design Credits
Jacket design twenty-five design
Jacket illustration David Moore

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