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  • Published: 20 July 2021
  • ISBN: 9780753557815
  • Imprint: WH Allen
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 400
  • RRP: $40.00
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The Pathfinders

The Greatest Untold Story of the Air War against the Nazis




The untold story of the elite force that spearheaded almost every British bombing raid over Nazi Germany by the Sunday Times bestselling author of THE KAMIKAZE HUNTERS. Perfect for fans off John Nichol’s Spitfire, Patrick Bishop’s Fighter Boys and Dambusters

Inside the Bomber Command force that set the Nazis in their sights

This is the first, definitive story of The Pathfinders, an elite unit with RAF Bomber Command, who in the last three years of WWII spearheaded almost every British bombing raid over Nazi Germany and played a crucial role in fighting Hitler’s war machine. Using pioneering devices including radio and precision bombing radar, they dropped yellow, red and green flares – built with the help of Britain’s fireworks industry – to mark targets so follow up bombers had an aiming point through cloud, smoke and haze. By using the Pathfinders, the numbers of Bomber Command crews accurately hitting their targets rose from 24% in August 1942 to an extraordinary 96% in August 1945. This will be the first time many of the veterans have publicly spoken about the critical role they played in the D-Day invasion, and the advance across Europe, and the book will tell their stories by weaving together new and unpublished interviews, personal diaries, previously classified official records and never before seen photographs.

This book is a character-driven narrative focusing on a series of central airmen and women -- most barely out of their teens — who took to the skies in iconic British aircraft such as the Lancaster and the Mosquito, facing almost unimaginable levels of violence from enemy fighter planes, anti-aircraft flak and all weathers in Bomber Command’s objective to strike heavily and directly at the heart of Nazi Germany.

  • Published: 20 July 2021
  • ISBN: 9780753557815
  • Imprint: WH Allen
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 400
  • RRP: $40.00
Categories:

About the author

Will Iredale

Will Iredale joined the Sunday Times in 1999, working first on the foreign news desk and subsequently the home news desk, where as a staff reporter he specialised in general news and undercover investigations. He is currently a media consultant and lives in Kent with his family.

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