From the Editor

The iconic SLR unsurprisingly arms the ‘Yomper’, a Falklands Conflict memorial statue at the Royal Marines Museum in Portsmouth
COLIN SMITH

This issue is a personal milestone – 100 (issues of BAW) not out! Longterm readers will know I began as assistant editor and have progressed into the hot seat – ajourney filled with interesting people, powerful stories and fantastic opportunities. A century on, I’m keenly aware that it is you, the reader, who continues to buy, subscribe and interact with Britain at War, that is the secret to its success. If you all get half the enjoyment reading BAW as I have in putting it together, then I’m on the right track. Thank you.

By the end of World War Two the Luftwaffe was a spent force, even so German aviators continued to rise each night in defence of the Reich and Bomber Command continued to lose brave crews to flak and night fighters. In 1992, Jonathan Falconer discovered the story of one such crew thanks to his association with a relative. Almost 30 years on, Jonathan made the story his lockdown project and we now have the unbelievable tale for you to enjoy. Strap in, it’s March 1945, and we fly to Hemmingstedt and reveal how one airman was shot down by Hitler – but held hostage by Stalin.

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