With the number of WWII veterans rapidly shrinking, this is another very welcome account based on the experiences of one who was there. The author has provided an absorbing story from interviews with John Brennan DFC. Highly Recommended.
NAME: Coming Down In The Drink, The Survival of Bomber 'Goldfish' John Brennan DFC FILE: R2480 AUTHOR: Sean Feast PUBLISHER: Pen & Sword BINDING: hard back PAGES: 190 PRICE: £19.99 GENRE: Non Fiction SUBJECT: WWII, World War Two, World War 2, Second World War, Bomber Command, Vickers Wellington, Liberator, Lancaster, SAR, North African Campaign
IMAGE: B2480.jpg BUYNOW: http://tinyurl.com/lotyzqo LINKS: DESCRIPTION: With the number of WWII veterans rapidly shrinking, this is another very welcome account based on the experiences of one who was there. The author has provided an absorbing story from interviews with John Brennan DFC. Highly Recommended. This story is very welcome because it is based on interviews with the subject rather than an historical account from written records that then have to be interpreted. Soon, there will be no more books like this as the surviving veterans reach the end of their lives. There may be some books produced from discovered diaries but, even there, the author/editor will be unable to cross check with the diarist. John Brennan was Irish and not obliged to fight for Britain. He chose to volunteer and gave good service as a wireless operator and air gunner, initially on Wellington bombers as an NCO. In due course, his dedicated service was rewarded with a commission and a DFC. He is one of the only surviving members of the 'Goldfish Club', having survived a crash into the sea. That in itself is a very interesting part of his service because it is a subject that has received surprisingly minor coverage in published accounts of the WWII air war. It is surprising because it was not an uncommon event. Many pilots and air crews on both sides had to make forced landings on the sea, or parachute into water, as they were unable to nurse their damaged aircraft all the way home. It kept Air Sea Rescue services flying boats, float planes and amphibians very busy along bomber routes and it also included fast rescue boats which were able to operate in conditions that prevented seaplanes from landing to rescue survivors. Equally fascinating is the coverage of John Brennan's service during the North African Campaign, when bombers, torpedo boats, and gunboats made a huge contribution to the defeat of the Axis Forces in that theatre, providing one of the first indications that the German star was in decent and the Allies would eventually prove victorious. Again, this is a story that has been much under-told and this book goes some way to correcting the deficiency. The text flows, the account exuded authenticity, the story is gripping, and the photo-plate section is interesting and supportive. A very good read.