In for A Penny, in for A Pound

In for A Penny, in for A Pound

The Adventures and Misadventures of A Wireless Operator in Bomber Command

Book - 2000
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The gripping story of the twentieth century's greatest struggle in the modest voice of a Canadian teenager in the RAF.

In 1940, nineteen-year-old Howard Hewer dreamed of being the next Billy Bishop, of piloting Spitfires or Hurricanes over Europe. His dream was shattered when he was selected instead for a career as a wireless operator in Bomber Command.

But he got all the adventure he signed on for. Hewer and his crews of 218 and 148 Squadrons flew important night operations over Germany and North Africa, dropping their deadly payloads and dodging enemy flak.

And he was not always much safer on the ground. He survived the Blitz in London, a U-boat attack in the South Atlantic, a fire-fight with Italian troops near el-Alamien, as well as chaste love affairs, fistfights, and beers with Boer rebels.

Self-deprecating, bittersweet, and alive to both the horrors of war and the friendships and courage of the men and women who fight it, In for a Penny, In for a Pound is the unforgettable story of a young Canadian's experience of history's greatest war.
Publisher: Toronto : Stoddart, 2000.
ISBN: 9780385660778
Branch Call Number: 940.5449 HEW
Characteristics: xix, 272 p., [8] p. of plates : ill., ports.


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Oct 13, 2017

I liked this book because my father was a RCAF wireless operator/air gunner during WW2, the same as the author. My father flew a full tour in Halifax bombers of 158 Squadron, 4 Group RAF and Hewer flew his tour in Wellington bombers in 218 and 148 Squadrons RAF. An interesting and well-written account of Hewer's adventures in the air and on the ground in the UK, over Europe and in the Middle East.

Bill Sharp

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