A former RAF flight lieutenant who was himself shot down over Iraq in 1991, John Nichol here tells the story of March 30, 1944, the single bloodiest night in the history of the RAF. Nearly 800 aircraft set out to attack Nuremberg, following the course defined for them by a red string on the planning board; almost 700 men did not return, a loss of more British airmen than in the entire four-month Battle of Britain. Piecing together the dramatic stories of these young flyers, Nichol reconstructs the Nuremberg raid, one of the most dangerous operations of World War II.
"Full of poignant episodes.... A fitting tribute to the raw courage of these young men."—Daily Express (London)