Letters from a Lancaster Gunner

Helen Thompson

Flight Lieutenant Joseph Thompson, aka ‘Mac', left his mother's small Birmingham home in December 1943 at the age of 18 to join the wartime RAF.
Date Published :
July 2019
Publisher :
Fonthill Media
Language:
English
Illustration :
B&W
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Hardback
ISBN : 9781781556986
Pages : 224
Dimensions : 9.25 X 6.15 inches
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In stock
$28.95

Overview
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Flight Lieutenant Joseph Thompson, aka ‘Mac’, left his mother’s small Birmingham home in December 1943 at the age of 18 to join the wartime RAF. This book follows his journey through the hardship and adventure of basic & gunnery training, a love affair with a girl from Liverpool, crew friendships, losses and disasters, over 20 Lancaster bombing raids, a virgin mission which ends in a ‘ditching’ in the North Sea, and a postwar stint in Singapore.

Joe’s original letters and his mother’s replies are the narrators of this story, which begins and ends with the events surrounding their rediscovery some 65 years after they were written. The wartime experiences of the family Joe left behind, also unfold. A mother, widowed in 1941, struggling to cope physically, financially and emotionally with four children during wartime, while working full time in a factory. There is much love, detail and hardship in these letters, which ultimately end with heartbreak that could not have been foreseen.

About The Author
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Helen Thompson lives in North Yorkshire with her large family, where she works as a photographer.

REVIEWS
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'Well worth the time invested and I heartily recommend the book to anyone looking to get a closer glimpse into night bombing and the effects it had on those carrying out operations against a Germany bound on world domination."

- IPMS/USA

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