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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 Peden's story of his training in Canada and England, and his crew's 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.


A Thousand Shall Fall
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4.7 / 5
An excellent Bomber Command book
June 3rd, 2014
A thoroughly enjoyable informative and thought provoking book about the author's experiences whilst serving with the RCAF and Bomber Command. A good reminder of how much we owe those airmen and how much they gave so we could live as we do now.
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November 28th, 2013
A breathtakingly beautiful BBB narrative of all that is good and all what is not good about human conflict. I rate this book the best and most credible of those I have purchased to date.
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