Bomber Command Books is the sales site for Mention the War Publications. We specialise in publishing and selling books about RAF Bomber Command in the Second World War and related topics. Our growing list of titles focuses on the aircraft, squadrons and above all the men and women who shaped the legend that endures to this day.
The intention of Mention the War Publications is to help preserve the memory of the 55,573 members of Bomber Command who gave their lives for our freedom and their more fortunate comrades who survived the ordeal. We aim to ensure that succeeding generations can learn about their feats of heroism which were on an unparalleled scale. The least we can do is perpetuate the story of what they achieved and how they did it.
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"I Would Not Step Back..."
The Authorised Biography of
Squadron Leader Phil Lamason RNZAF, DFC and Bar.
The two men lock eyes…and in the mind-numbing battle of wills that follows, a 20-gun firing squad stands ready to shoot…an RNZAF Squadron Leader stares down a Nazi officer who is about to decide his fate. Finally the command comes… “Ground arms!”
Standing tall, the natural-born leader, has again confronted the brutal SS and merciless Gestapo…and again secured the survival of 168 Allied airmen incarcerated in Buchenwald death camp in Germany, 1944.
Meet Phil Lamason, the ‘broken-nosed Kiwi’, a New Zealander who took responsibility for those around him, the ‘lost airmen’ from Britain, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Jamaica and the USA.
Phil knew loyalty and betrayal. He experienced the stench of death and the injustice of war yet cherished the pride of land ownership and the joys of parenthood. He was the steely-eyed man who stood up to his German captors but was a ‘pushover’ for his own children.
This is a story of leadership, resilience and courage; a young man serving in RAF Bomber Command, thrown into the cauldron of battle and who was ultimately tested to the limit of human endurance, and the cast of characters who found their way into his family history and personal life.
Phil Lamason was a man who knew both triumph and tragedy and who, when the time came, stood up to be counted.
Bomber Command Books is pleased to bring you the paperback edition of this epic account of leadership under the most testing of circumstances.
6 in x 9 in format, 270 pages, £15.00 / US$ 20.00 / Eu 18.00
Hardback edition of "I Would Not Step Back..."
£35.00 plus p&p
Bomber Command Books has a limited stock of the full-colour hardback edition of Phil Lamason's biography. This magnificent high-quality book is worth a place in the collection of anyone with a serious interest in the history of the RAF. Previously only available from New Zealand, copies are currently available from the UK. Spookily, this is just in time for Christmas...
In landscape format, 12 in x 8 1/2 in with 307 pages, the book contains additional background information including memories of Phil from family and friends. It is a fitting tribute to a man for whom the epiphet 'hero' is barely adequate.
To obtain a copy, please email us direct at firstname.lastname@example.org
Bealine Charlie Oscar
The Mystery of Flight CY284
by Simon Hepworth
On 12th October 1967, Cyprus Airways flight 284 crashed into the Mediterranean Sea near the island of Kastellorizo with the loss of all 66 passengers and crew. At the time it was the worst aviation disaster in Cypriot history. The flight, from London Heathrow to Nicosia via Athens, was operated by British European Airways on behalf of Cyprus Airways, using a Comet 4B aircraft, call sign Bealine Charlie Oscar. The subsequent accident investigation is still regarded as a masterpiece of forensic assessment, based on evidence from the very small amount of wreckage recovered.
Within hours of the crash, there was much speculation that Charlie Oscar was destroyed in an attempt to assassinate General Georgios Grivas, the former leader of guerrilla forces during the Cyprus Emergency a few years earlier.
The full police and UK Home Office files are still kept out of the public domain until 2040. Officially, the police stated that there was not sufficient evidence to charge anyone with an offence. As a result of the launch of this book in Cyprus, startling new information has come to light. Finally, after half a century, the families of the lost passengers and crew are close to learning the crucial answers to their questions; who killed their loved ones, why, and how did they do so?
Aviation writer Simon Hepworth’s new book Bealine Charlie Oscar – The Mystery of Flight 284 gives, for the first time, a comprehensive account of Charlie Oscar’s last flight, the recovery operation and investigation into the tragedy. With startling new information, from previously-undisclosed documents and witnesses, he pieces together the reason and the most likely culprits behind what is Britain's biggest unsolved case of mass murder.
6 in x 9 in format, 349 pages, £15.00 / US$ 20.00 / Eu 18.00
Also available as a Kindle e-book £4.99 (full narrative text, but without the illustrations and appendices included in the print edition).
75(NZ) Squadron Profile
by Chris Ward
Chris Ward’s Profile of 75(NZ) Squadron is the long-awaited, definitive and comprehensive wartime account of this well-known and highly-regarded Bomber Command outfit. Produced with the full support and assistance of squadron veterans, the Royal New Zealand Air Force Association and the New Zealand Bomber Command Association, it is a testament to the duty and sacrifice of all those who served with this famous unit throughout the Second World War. Chris Ward’s detailed narrative, based on the squadron’s Second World War Operations Record Book, is complemented by several hundred photographs, many published for the first time. In 1938, the New Zealand government had ordered thirty Vickers Wellington Mk1 bombers. RNZAF aircrew were despatched to train on the new aircraft at RAF Marham, and then take them to their new home in the Southern Hemisphere. When war broke out, the New Zealand Government placed the aircraft and their crews at the disposal of the RAF to help fight the new enemy. Already known as ‘The New Zealand Squadron’, the unit was given the number 75 on 4 April 1940, the previous unit so numbered having been disbanded. This meant that the original nucleus of personnel remained together as an operational unit of the RAF. On 4 April 1940, The New Zealand Squadron was renamed 75(NZ) Squadron. Although often referred to as an RNZAF unit, it was wholly equipped and controlled by the RAF until the end of the conflict. It was a key component of No. 3 Group, Bomber Command, and was based initially at RAF Feltwell, then RAF Mildenhall, RAF Newmarket and RAF Mepal, in Cambridgeshire. The unit saw action over France, Norway, Belgium, Italy, Sweden and Germany, distinguishing itself in the process. The squadron operated with a strength of three Flights after receiving Short Stirling bombers. In line with the rest of No. 3 Group, the squadron re-equipped with the Avro Lancaster in 1944, the type seeing the unit through to August 1945. 75(NZ) Sqn operated against the Germans from 1940 to VE Day, flying more sorties than any other allied heavy bomber squadron, suffering the second highest number of casualties. A Victoria Cross was awarded to Sgt J A Ward for climbing out onto the wing of his Wellington on an operation over Europe, in an attempt to put out an engine fire. Although badly damaged by enemy fighters’ cannon shells, the aircraft managed to return to its base.
8.5 in x 11in format, 447 pages. £20.00