I just listened to the radio dramatisation of the Len Deighton book – I think it was repeated for Armistice Day 2011. I have seldom read, heard or seen a more harrowing war story. Quite apart from the human drama, the level of detail relayed by the narrator is impressive – right down to the economics of a bombing raid (and no wonder that we are still broke now!). No doubt the book contains much more and I really should read that now I guess.
Two things also spring to mind. Firstly, the bombing campaign makes all the talk of not having a second front in the west before D-Day totally bogus. And I am not sure that the then German use of the term “terror flyer” has much merit either.