Air Battle of the Ruhr
Airlife Publishing Ltd........... by Alan Cooper.........ISBN 9 781840 372137
224 pages Paperback
Alan Cooper is an author of many years standing who has carved a well deserved niche for himself as an RAF historian.
Alan first sets the scene by describing the progressive build up and mobilisation of Bomber Command from it's early days to the onset of WWII, before leading the reader through the build up then into the furore that was to become the 'Air Battle of the Ruhr', in his clear and easily understandable style.
He goes on to describe many aspects of the life of Bomber aircrew; aborted operations, training, and the contribution Bomber Command made to the offensive against the Ruhr and German industries, amongst other highly factual and interesting accounts.
of the casualty rate and the affect on those who served -
"changing from a boyish look at the beginning of
their tour with, perhaps, a sense of adventure, to later,
a look of dazed disbelief similar to shell-shock or being
The book includes personal accounts and anecdotes as well as statistics for bombers dispatched; the number which actually reached the targes and the number which did not reach the targets for whatever reason.
Some personal accounts used in this book include:
Essential reading for anyone with an interest in this period of Bomber Command history.