9781848318380

And Some Fell on Stony Ground A Day in the Life of an RAF Bomber Pilot

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  • ISBN13:

    9781848318380

  • ISBN10:

    1848318383

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 10/20/2015
  • Publisher: Icon Books

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Summary

And Some Fell on Stony Ground is a short story by Leslie Mann, published in association with the Imperial War Museums. A rear gunner in the RAF, he was shot down in Whitley Bomber in a raid over Düsseldorf on June 20, 1941.

After the war, in addition to working for Pathé News and as an international war correspondent, he chronicled his experiences as an RAF "Bomber Boy" in a fictional narrative.

Award-winning historian Richard Overy provides a detailed introduction. The Guardian's Richard J. Evans described his book, The Bombers and the Bombed, as "the most important book published on the history of the second world war this century."

Author Biography

Leslie Mann was born in Penang in 1914, the son of a police inspector. The family later moved to the UK, and Leslie started work as a sound engineer at Elstree Studios. He enlisted in the RAF in 1938, and married in 1939. As a rear gunner and wireless operator with 51 Squadron at Dishforth, Yorkshire, he flew in Whitley bombers. He was shot down on a raid over Düsseldorf on 20 June 1941: all five crew were captured. Repatriated by the Red Cross in 1943, he worked for Pathé News and later became a correspondent in the Korean War and a cameraman in Kenya during the Mau Mau uprising. He then moved to the BBC, for whom he worked as a senior news executive until retirement. He died in 1989.

Richard Overy is an award-winning historian. His book, The Bombing War, was described by Richard J. Evans in the Guardian as ‘the most important book published on the history of the second world war this century’.
Full Text – Biographical note (Text)
Richard Overy is an award-winning historian best known for his remarkable books on the Second World War and the wider disasters of the twentieth century. His most recent book, The Bombing War, was described by Richard J Evans in the Guardian as 'Magnificent ... must now be regarded as the standard work on the bombing war ... It is probably the most important book published on the history of he second world war this century'

He is Professor of History at the University of Exeter and lives in London.

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