In for A Penny, in for A Pound

In for A Penny, in for A Pound

The Adventures and Misadventures of A Wireless Operator in Bomber Command

Book - 2000
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At times comical, at others tragic, this stirring story will leave a lasting imprint on the memories of its readers. Hewer's adventures during his life in Bomber Command were unique and exciting: he fell out of a bomber in training over Lake Erie and was saved only when his boot heel got caught on the gunring; he survived a run-in with a Picadilly Commando in London; and he almost killed a wing commander on his first mission as an RAF driver.

As a bright-eyed teen dreaming of piloting fighter planes over World War II Europe, Hewer could not imagine the vital role he would play in invading enemy skies as a wireless operator flying in Wellington bombers. In this thrilling memoir, Hewer recounts his unique odyssey through a dangerous time.

Publisher: Toronto : Stoddart, 2000.
ISBN: 9780773732735
Branch Call Number: 940/.544/971/Hew 3588mb 1
Characteristics: xix, 272 p. : ill., maps.


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Oct 13, 2017

I liked this book because my father was a RCAF wireless operator/air gunner during WW2, the same as the author. My father flew a full tour in Halifax bombers of 158 Squadron, 4 Group RAF and Hewer flew his tour in Wellington bombers in 218 and 148 Squadrons RAF. An interesting and well-written account of Hewer's adventures in the air and on the ground in the UK, over Europe and in the Middle East.

Bill Sharp

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