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The Crew by David Price

The Crew: The Story of a Lancaster Bomber Crew

David Price

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Imprint: Head of Zeus
Publisher: Head of Zeus
Publication date: 9 Jan 2020
ISBN: 9781789542707

The intimate telling of the life of an Avro Lancaster crew during World War Two, bringing together the story of this iconic RAF bomber and its service with the lives of those who flew her.

4 stars out of 5
Gerard DeGroot
13 Jan 2020

"Allied airmen stoically carried out a strategy now judged immoral. Yet they were heroes"

Price solves the problem of anonymity by concentrating on a single crew and, in particular, on one man, bomb aimer Ken Cook, one of the last survivors of Bomber Command. This personalised approach has become popular over the past 20 years. Max Hastings and Antony Beevor, among others, have focused on individuals to provide a more nuanced portrayal of war than found in conventional military histories or in heroic films such as The Dam Busters. While Price lacks the lyricism of Hastings or Beevor, he has given the bomber offensive a human face. This book, although packed with facts, still has a heart and soul.