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Night madness : a rear gunners tale of love, courage, adversity and hope in World War II /
Richard Pyves.
imprint
Markham, Ont. : Red Deer Press, 2012.
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xi, 321 p. : ill.
ISBN
9780889954649 :
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imprint
Markham, Ont. : Red Deer Press, 2012.
isbn
9780889954649 :
catalogue key
8739956
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
A Look Inside
About the Author
Author Affiliation
Richard Pyves is an avid historian and genealogist. He grew up in Montreal and is a graduate of McGill University. He now lives outside Toronto. Night Madness is the story of his father.
Summaries
Main Description
Night Madness chronicles the incredible story of Ron Pyves, a teenager who fought as a tail-gunner over the wartorn skies of Europe during those last deadly months to eliminate Hitler's hold over Europe. For 35 harrowing nights, Ron and his crew flew out from the Scottish coast, deep into the Rhineland. Despite skies dark with Messerschmitts and deadly anti-aircraft flak, they returned to home-base, only to face the fight, night after night. Breaking all odds for a tail-gunner, Ron made it through the war physically intact, only to face a new battle on the homefront -fighting Post Traumatic Stress Disorder caused by the memories of battle and his participation in the deadly bombing of Dresden. Based on interviews, painstaking archival research, and a long-distance love affair captured in daily correspondence, Rick Pyves weaves together a touching love story and one man's very personal war.
Main Description
Night Madness chronicles the incredible story of Ron Pyves, a teenage tail-gunner who fought over the war-torn skies of Europe in the last months of World War II. For over 30 harrowing missions, Ron and his crew flew deep into the heart of Europe, pushing Hitler back into the Rhineland. Despite skies dark with Messerschmitts and anti-aircraft flak, they returned back to bomber base in England, only to face another fight, night after night.
Main Description
Night Madnessis the true-life story of an RCAF tail -gunner's 35 odds-defying missions over war-torn Germany during WWII. Despite skies dark with Messerschmitts and flak from anti-aircraft fire, he would make it through the war intact, only to face a new battle with Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome caused by memoires of the raids and participation in the now-controversial bombing of Dresden. Based on letters, interviews and painstaking archival research, author Rick Pyves weaves together a fascinating and harrowing adventure of a bombing crew over hostile German skies and captures all the youth, bravado and honest fear of the young men fighting for home and freedom. Night Madnessalso looks at the impact of war on the youth who served overseas including the difficulties for combat personnel suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome.
Main Description
Night Madnessis the true-life story of an RCAF tail -gunner’s 35 odds-defying missions over war-torn Germany during WWII. Despite skies dark with Messerschmitts and flak from anti-aircraft fire, he would make it through the war intact, only to face a new battle with Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome caused by memoires of the raids and participation in the now-controversial bombing of Dresden. Based on letters, interviews and painstaking archival research, author Rick Pyves weaves together a fascinating and harrowing adventure of a bombing crew over hostile German skies and captures all the youth, bravado and honest fear of the young men fighting for home and freedom. Night Madnessalso looks at the impact of war on the youth who served overseas including the difficulties for combat personnel suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome.
Main Description
The true-life story of an RCAF tail -gunner’s 35 odds-defying missions over war-torn Germany during WWII. Despite skies dark with Messerschmitts and flak from anti-aircraft fire, he would make it through the war intact, only to face a new battle with post traumatic stress syndrome caused by memoires of the raids and participation in the now-controversial bombing of Dresden.
Table of Contents
Mapsp. vi
Acknowledgementsp. vii
Introductionp. ix
An Auspicious Beginningp. 1
Chance Encounterp. 8
Over Therep. 17
Heavy Conversion Unit Trainingp. 47
Combat Readyp. 55
Cat and Mousep. 79
A Lucky Fellowp. 94
Lucky Number Thirteenp. 107
Fighter Attackp. 127
Birthday over Germanyp. 135
Goodbye Halifaxp. 146
A New Yearp. 154
Night Madnessp. 174
Screenedp. 198
Reunionp. 224
Post Traumatic Stress Disorderp. 232
A New Beginningp. 237
A Personal Warp. 243
Passing the Torchp. 250
The Crewp. 265
Abbreviationsp. 284
Notesp. 285
Bibliographyp. 311
Indexp. 315
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