|On this day in history: 19 September 1944
Download the Kindle edition of Enemy Coast Ahead – The Illustrated Memoir of Dambuster Guy Gibson for FREE today only, via Amazon.
On 19 September 1944, Wing Commander Guy Gibson was killed, aged 26, when his Mosquito crashed near Steenbergen in the Netherlands. On the 75th anniversary of Gibson’s death, Greenhill Books are offering a free Kindle download of his memoir, Enemy Coast Ahead, for one day only. A new paperback edition – which includes a foreword by James Holland – has just been released and is available to order now for only £7.99.
About the book: Prior to World War Two, Wing Commander Guy Gibson joined the Royal Air Force. In 1944, he wrote down his experience of serving in the RAF.
Aged just 25, Gibson had completed two full tours, each of 30 operations, with Bomber Command, and had led the now-famous Dambusters raid against the dams of the Ruhr Valley in May 1943. He died aged 26 in 1944, when his Mosquito crashed near Steenbergen in the Netherlands.
Gibson’s story is an incredible one. He struggled daily to work the Handley Page Hampden, and then the Avro Manchester, flying both into enemy airspace with great difficulty. He goes into detail on this, describing the troubles facing him, and how he managed to overcome them.
He also addresses the rapid professionalisation of the Bomber Command. At the start of the war, they seemed ill-equipped and unprepared to confront Germany, but they grew in confidence and stature, to represent one of the defining units of the Second World War. Gibson recounts this change.
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