Don Charlwood was born in Melbourne in 1915. Accepted as a RAF navigator in 1940, he was posted to 103 Squadron at Elsham Wolds in the winter of 1942 ...Show synopsisDon Charlwood was born in Melbourne in 1915. Accepted as a RAF navigator in 1940, he was posted to 103 Squadron at Elsham Wolds in the winter of 1942. There he crewed up with a pilot from Western Australia and a British crew to fly a Lancaster bomber. In No Moon Tonight he gives a profound insight into the inner lives of the men of Bomber Command and their hopes and fears in the face of mounting losses. He depicts the appalling human cost of the air war in an account which has been favorably compared to other enduring memoirs of the 1st World War, namely Sassoon's Memoirs of an Infantry Officer and Remarque's All Quiet on the Western Front. A memorable first hand account of the air war over Germany.Hide synopsis
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In this short book, Charlwood has brought to life many facets of service in Bomber Command. From the basic blindness and uncertainty of flight itself as part of a team controlling a large aircraft, to the devastating reality that each mission could be one's last, each experience is told with a unique blend of factual brevity and unexpectedly frank emotion that constantly draws the reader on to the next episode.
And it's not without romance. Throughout the book, it seems, there is the underlying presence of Joan, whether specifically mentioned or not, and the uncertainty of the flying action is matched by the question of whether or not there will be a happy-ever-after ending for these two.
As the Lancaster bombers twist and turn in the air, so does the action on the ground in this intriguing narrative.
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