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Me, the RAF and 77 Squadron

ISBN 978-0-9927324-3-1

This book is best summed up by the words of Air Vice-Marshal David A. Hurrell, CB, AFC, FRAeS, DL who wrote the foreword,

“You probably won’t have heard of Bill Foote, DFC.  And that is all the more reason to admire this account of his war-time experiences, as a young pilot in Bomber Command.  This is no ego trip, no re-telling of a well-known raid, or of a famous career. Instead it is a story not just of Bill Foote’s day-to-day experiences, but by extension an account that reflects the selfless contribution of many ordinary men who came, usually by accident, into that most dangerous of wartime professions:  flying bombing raids over Nazi Germany night, after night, after night.

With wry humour, but total honesty, Bill takes the reader through his early days in training, his aspirations, and the challenges.  Nor does he neglect the human side:  the tales of off-duty escapades and high jinks make for easy reading – and are exactly what many readers will relate to as we vividly reminded of our own youthful indiscretions.”

The book has 144 pages, including 49 images and is priced at £7.50. Post and packing is free in the UK.

Some useful links to websites:

Yorkshire Air Museum - at Elvington, near York. Bill Foote was based here for part of his time in 77 Squadron. There is a reconstruction of a Handley Page Halifax bomber, as well as a memorial to 77 Squadron.

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