Bomber: Events Relating to the Last Flight of An R.A.F. Bomber Over Germany On the Night of June 31st, 1943 - Len DeightonJonathan Cape, 1970, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Good+ — in Good+ Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper which is a little faded. Pages lightly age-tanned.
Jacket illustration: Reproducing a detail from Turner's painting, Fishermen at Sea off the Needles'.
From the cover: “Using the traditional form of a novel of action, Len Deighton has written a devastating indictment of war and the mechanical processes -in man and society — that lead to war.
On a warm night in June 1943, a force of 700 R. A. F. bombers set off for a routine heavy raid on the Ruhr. Len Deighton documents the twenty-four hours which end in a holocaust. At the pastoral Bomber Command aerodrome in Warley Fen, Sam Lambert, preparing for his forty-sixth bombing raid, rashly questions the strategy of destruction. At Kroonsdijk, the Luftwaffe night fighter station disguised as a Dutch farm, the exemplary Aryan pilot Victor von Lowenherz is shocked by the excesses of the regime he serves. Meanwhile, in the little country town of Altgarten, August Bach, the commanding officer of radar station ‘Ermine’, discovers too late that he is in love.
These three strangers, their lovers, their colleagues, their compatriots are linked together by the night’s chain of grotesque ironies. The meticulously planned raid begins to go very wrong. Over ten million pounds of high explosives and phosphorus incendiaries intended for the heart of Germany’s heavy industry are unleashed on Altgarten. In the slaughter which follows, in the air and on the ground, there are no victors and no vanquished.
Deighton’s cool, mercilessly detailed reconstruction of the raid is overwhelming. The reader is denied the protection of distance or ignorance. In the cockpit of a blazing bomber, in a flooding cellar under tons of rubble, in the hushed control room, watching a toppling hospital full of the living dead, he must experience with people he has come to know the final consequences of a robot world.”
Jacket designed by Raymond Hawkey. Size: 8¾" x 5½". Blue boards with Silver titling to the Spine. 494 pages.