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Thrilling biography of the man who led the Dambusters Raid.
Guy Gibson was chosen to lead the great Dambusters Raid of 1943 as he had already proven himself to be a skilled pilot and a magnificent leader of men. Having joined the RAF in 1936, Gibson was a bomber pilot when war broke out. He won a DFC in July 1940 then, having completed a tour of operations volunteered for Fighter Command and flew nightfighters on 99 sorites during which he was awarded a bar to his DFC and the DSO. He then returned to Bomber Command and flew 46 more missions before being chosen to form and command No.617 Squadron for the Dambusters Raid. After a period off operations, Gibson returned to Bomber Command to act as a Pathfinder. He was killed on one such raid in September 1944.
This book looks at the life and career of the man who led the most famous bombing raid of World War II. It is a gripping account of his life and exploits, revealing new and little known facts about Guy Gibson for the first time.
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In Praise of WomenEbook By Richard Brotherton
A dynamic account of one photographer’s quest to create an artistic masterpiece celebrating the beauty of the female form.
When Phillip Allen chances across an old metal box packed with photos, cameras and photographic equipment he is first puzzled and then intrigued by what he has discovered. He sets out to track down the original owner of the box and to uncover the secrets of the enigmatic Robert Bellford.
Having found Robert Bellford, Phillip sets out on a journey through the life of one of the leading photographers of the Midlands. From his wartime days to the establishment of a photo studio, love, marriage and loss. Running through it all is Bellford’s obsession with photographing the female form and his determination to produce a monumental work of art that celebrates the beauty, mystery and women.
The book traces Bellford as he struggles with the technicalities of cameras, apertures and exposures while bringing up a family and always striving to find time to devote to his work of art that he is creating In Praise of Women.
About the Author
I was nearly 65 years of age when I wrote In Praise of Women. It was something I needed to do. It had to be about something I know, photography and history. I have done many jobs in my life but throughout I have stayed true to my first love, photography. I was an engineer, returning to full time education to obtain a Degree in History and Sociology. Subsequently I became a social worker. I am now retired and can concentrate on writing.
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