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Tail Gunner

Author : R. C. Rivaz
ISBN : PKEY:6610000050734
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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‘One of the outstanding books of the war.’ - Sunday Express This gripping story of one man’s involvement in RAF Bomber Command’s fledgling offensive was first published in 1943. Written only months after the events described, R. C. Rivaz provides a uniquely fresh and immediate perspective on some of the most harrowing episodes of the war. He was tail gunner to Leonard Cheshire, one of the most famous RAF pilots of the Second World War, and flew in Whitleys with 102 Squadron and Halifaxes with 35 Squadron. Rivaz describes his experiences of night bombing attacks against heavily defended enemy targets like Duisburg, Dusseldorf and Essen, recording in captivating detail the sights and sounds of these dangerous night time raids. But he describes equally well the colour pallet of the setting sun from fifteen thousand feet, and his turbulent mind set as he prepares for each death defying mission. He relates a dramatic shoot-out with German fighters over La Rochelle in broad daylight and describes his near-death encounters with cool but honest detail. Rivaz also describes two agonizing crashes over the sea, one occasion of which he waits near frozen for seven hours, buffeted by stormy weather in a rubber dinghy. Tailgunner is not only unrivalled in its immediacy and insight, but gripping and eminently readable. Richard Rivaz was born in Assam on 15th March 1908. He later returned to England and studied painting at the Royal College of Art. He became an accomplished artist in the 1930s, before training as a teacher and taking up an appointment at Collyer’s School in Sussex, where he taught art. Rivaz volunteered for pilot training in 1940 but was bitterly disappointed to learn that, at the age of thirty-two, he was too old to become a pilot. He commenced training as an air-gunner and saw first service with No. 102 Squadron. He survived many dangerous raids and crashes but was unfortunately killed at the end of the war, when his transport aircraft caught fire on take off from Brussels airport on 13 October 1945.

It Only Takes One

Author : Larry Stevens
ISBN : 1481997343
Genre : History
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An 18-year-old tail gunner on a B17 watches as flak bursts all around him. German fighter planes buzz by, machine guns blasting as wounded bombers turn and head for home and others in tailspins crash into the green fields below. His Flying Fortress heads back to base safely after surviving its bombing mission. The young tail gunner gives a sigh of relief, but deep down inside, he knows - IT ONLY TAKES ONE!

Memoirs Of A Tail Gunner

Author : Norman Ross
ISBN : 9780557786718
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I Wanted Wings

Author : Gary R. Hill
ISBN : 9781438932569
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Think about how much safer and relaxed you would feel if you knew what to expect from a relationship-before you got into one. In this book I lay open my experiences from what I feel God revealed to me about falling in love. A thriving growing relationship which enters into marriage waits within these pages. Where hands are still held within the revealed depths of love long after courtship, there is stability in behavior which promotes consistent growth. "As the bridegroom rejoices in His bride, so does the Lord rejoice in you." At last a pattern to behold and live for a full life.

Tail Gunner Illustrated Edition

Author : Sqd. Ldr. Richard Rivaz DFC
ISBN : 9781786259288
Genre : History
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Includes the Aerial Warfare In Europe During World War II illustrations pack with over 200 maps, plans, and photos. Originally published in 1943, this is one man’s first-hand account of the part he played in RAF Bomber Command’s fledgling bomber offensive between August 1940 and December 1941. Richard Rivaz flew as tail gunner to Leonard Cheshire, one of the most famous RAF pilots of World War II. His modest but vivid narrative reveals what it was like to be part of a heavy bomber crew flying first Whitleys and then Halifaxes with No.s 102 and 35 squadrons.—Print Ed.

Diary Of A Tailgunner

Author : Ronald Costello
ISBN : 9781452058146
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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This book is about my experiences as a Tailgunner on a B-29 in Korea, during the Korean war. I am hopeing that it will give an insite to what this war was about. Although people call it a conflict, we as veterans of this conflict think otherwise, we believe it was a war. Come ride along with me on some 27 combat missions over North Korea. Venture into the night life on a B-29 at 29,000 ft. over the mountains of Korea, see the snow covered barron lands, hoping that we don't end up there..It also covers a little about my growing up and how I became a tailgunner, The extensive training it takes to become a crew member. Enjoy the book, I am sure you will

Tail Gunner Takes Over Illustrated Edition

Author : Sqd. Ldr. Richard Rivaz DFC
ISBN : 9781786259295
Genre : History
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Includes the Aerial Warfare In Europe During World War II illustrations pack with over 200 maps, plans, and photos. The follow-up to the successful “Tail Gunner,” Rivaz’ firsthand account of the part he played in RAF Bomber Command’s fledgling bomber offensive between August 1940 and December 1941. After his heroic exploits as a tail gunner he moved on to flight training in Canada. This book was published just prior to his untimely death on October 13th, 1945, having survived the Second World War.

Looking Back

Author : Dale Vanblair
ISBN : 9781414008158
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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This story began in your home, my home, your friends home, your relatives home, my friends and relatives homes as well. It talks about the things all or most women have talked about at one time or another. All of the information gathered for this book comes from you as the reader but most importantly as an individual. The chapters in this book are not of advice, they are of knowledge passed on to me from all of the women I've met in my life. This book is my way of saying thanks to all of those who gave me the light at the end of the tunnel. Those individuals that I speak of are all of the women out there. If it wasn't for all of their words of wisdom I could not have made it through some of the things I have experienced in my own life. I hope you get as much from me as I have from all of you. My wish for this book is to let people know that they are never alone.

A Tail Gunner S Tale

Author : Gerald E. McDowell
ISBN : WISC:89059419440
Genre : Fiction
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Tail Gunner

Author : Chan Chandler
ISBN : 184037344X
Genre : History
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By the close of World War II, Flight Lieutenant Chan Chandler had flown a remarkable 98 missions, 65 of them with No 49 Squadron and 28 with the famous Dambuster Squadron, No 617. In addition he flew five trips with No 1 Photo FU.

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