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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.

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.

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.

A Tail Gunner S Tale

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

Author : Eddie Picardo
ISBN : 1883697336
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Tail Gunner

Author : Dee Phillips
ISBN : 9781630780111
Genre : Juvenile Fiction
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These graphic and colorful 48-page books meet Common Core genre requirements and feature a fictional story, two pages of nonfiction, and two pages of activities, giving students some background knowledge necessary to understanding historical events. Using fiction to amplify history also allows students to think critically about the past—and piques curiosity, leading to further exploration and discovery. Reading Level: 2.0 to 3.0. Tail Gunner: The story of a bombing raid. "Another night. Another bombing raid. Will this mission be the one when we don't make it back?"

Tailgunner Pip

Author : Ann Frommer
ISBN : 1981161600
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Twenty years after WWII, Pip emerges as a young adult in 1960's England. He shoulders the burden of being a love child of Buck Remke, an American tail gunner and Ilona Laszlo, a Hungarian night club singer at a west London cabaret. Despite a horrific childhood, he is filled with hope in a decade where anything is possible. Pip has completed schooling at Wadsworth, a school for orphaned boys, and in this new era of freedom, chooses to attend Oxford. After years of struggle to find his son, Buck, the tail gunner from Pennsylvania, moved to London and pursued a successful career managing dance studios. When health issues strike his elderly mother, Buck brings Pip to the States to meet his family. The trip to Buck's home town, in the coal mining area of Pennsylvania endows Pip with the legacy he has been missing. Upon return to London, Pip enters medical school. Later, as a full fledged physician, he faces challenges and realizes that some of the same issues occurring in the Pennsylvania coal mining town will influence a decision for his future,

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!

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.

Dead Before Dawn

Author : Frank Broome
ISBN : IND:30000110577065
Genre : History
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Frank Broome was a 15 year old schoolboy when he experienced the three major blitzes in his home city of Coventry and at the age of 17 volunteered for the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve in 1942 for pilot training. This autobiography, based on his copious diary entries and log books traces his pilot training in the UK, Canada and the USA where he flew single and twin-engined aircraft. Despite his almost perfect training record he, like many of his fellow trainees at this time, was not to gain his RAF wings. There was a shortage of air crew, other than pilots, and Frank eventually transferred to an air-gunnery course. On his return to the UK he undertook operational crew training on Wellington as a tail gunner and made operational training sorties over enemy territory shortly after the D-Day landings.His crew then converted to four-engined heavy bombers - first the Halifax and then the Lancaster. He gives first-hand detailed accounts of the many missions during his tour with No. 626 Squadron during the height of Bomber Command's massed raids over Germany and occupied Europe. Excitement abounds with narrow squeaks from enemy night-fighters, radar directed anti-aircraft fire and other hazards of this most dangerous task. He eventually flew with two Wing Commanders and a Squadron Leader with crews who gained several gallantry awards. His book is written with a skill that portrays the dangers inherent in his task, the humour of service life and the sound reasons why his generation were proud to fly with Bomber Command.

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