The Men Who Flew the Halifax

The Men Who Flew the Halifax written by Martin W. Bowman and published by Pen and Sword Books – £25.00 – Hardback – Pages 230.

This book revolves around the pilots who mainly flew the Halifax Bombers during World War Two, the author Martin W. Bowman recounts various stories, tales and interviews from the pilots of the time 1942 – 45. He recounts numerous bombing runs and raids in great telling and detail, also not just from the British pilots but also the German pilots too. It’s very intriguing the battle between the two groups of pilots. The excitement running through the various chapters is great and full of Boy’s Own type stories that are quite gripping, the amount of pilots killed is always large and sad to read but it also shows the bravery of these young men.

This was an excellent book to read indeed, written by one of the leading authorities on this subject and Bowman has a long list of titles to his credit. I personally think Bowman always gets to the heart of the matter with his writing and the reader always feels gripped by the excitement and drama of the story written in the book. I would say the only downside was that I would have liked to have learnt a bit more about the Halifax Bomber itself, I mean I know the basics but a bit more would have helped a lot. There is a fantastic array of photos and pictures throughout the book which are excellent and help tell the story of the men involved. An excellent book I was recommend to anyone who is looking for a good read.

Ben Davidson

Hello, I have been studying all aspects of history for about 25 years. I have a BA History from the University of Bedfordshire. My historical areas of interest are anything really, but I specialise in 19th - 20th century Britain, America and Ireland. I am also strongly aligned with most military history, really enjoying WW2 and the US Civil War. Chuck in the king or queen and Bob's your uncle.

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