Bomb Aimer over Berlin

The Wartime Memoirs of Les Bartlett DFM

Les Bartlett, Peter Jacobs

 
Date Published :
March 2008
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
Language:
English
Illustration :
80 b/w photos
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Binding. : Hardback
ISBN : 9781844155965
Pages : 224
Dimensions : 9 X 6 inches
Stock Status : In stock
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Overview
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Les Bartlett has become one of the great characters of World War II history. He flew as bomb aimer with the then Flying Officer Michael Beetham, who later became Marshal of the Royal Air Force. At that time he was a sergeant but gained his commission in April 1944 and flew his tour, including 27 raids over Germany and France between November 1943 and May 1944.

On his second operation his aircraft was attacked by a Ju 88, leaving it with no flaps or brakes – a crash landing at Wittering ensued. At the end of his third mission they found the whole of Lincolnshire fogbound and eventually landed at RAF Melbourne in Yorkshire just before that airfield was closed also because of the fog. His aircraft was hit in the wing by a 30lb incendiary bomb dropped by another Lancaster flying above them on his sixth operation – but they survived.

On his twelfth operation to Leipzig he used the nose guns to destroy a Ju 88 night fighter, for which he was awarded the DFM. In February 1944 the port outer engine caught fire and the crew baled out. Les was then posted as Assistant Adjutant to RAF Thornaby.

About The Author
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Peter Jacobs served nearly 37 years in the RAF (1977-2013) as an air defence navigator, initially on the F4 Phantom and later on the Tornado F3\. He has written twenty books including Daring Raids of World War Two: Heroic Land, Sea and Air Attacks (2015); Bomber Command: Airfields of Lincolnshire (2016) and The RAF in 100 Objects (2017).

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