Patrick Bishop looks at the lives and the extraordinary risks that
the painfully young pilots of Bomber Command took during the
air-offensive against Germany from 1940-1945. As featured on the
BBC 1 documentary BOMBER BOYS, presented by Ewan McGregor. They
came from every corner of Britain and its Empire. They were the
best of their generation...heading for one of the worst tasks of
WWII. Like RAF pilots, the thousands of brave young men who joined
Bomber Command took to the air to help Britain triumph in World War
Two. But in the glow of victory, the fighter pilots were lauded for
their efforts while the Bomber Boys faded in national memory.
Crucial in the heat of combat, they were politically awkward
afterwards. Yet with an average life expectancy shorter than that
of soldiers on the Western front in WWI, these men faced death,
injury and capture time and again to send bombs through the
shrieking flak onto enemy territory. `Bomber Boys' is a tribute to
their strength, courage and heroism - filling in the historical
blanks and immortalising their memory.
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