Did you know that Reader's Digest included The Dam Busters
by Paul Brickhill in our very first condensed book, back in 1954? Brickhill recorded the heroic WWII story of the men of 617 Squadron RAF, who, led by Guy Gibson, VC, carried out the almost suicidal feat of bombing the great dams containing nearly all the water supply of Germany's industrial Ruhr region.
The Dam Busters became a celebrated 1955 movie directed by Michael Anderson and starring Richard Todd and Michael Redgrave. Peter Jackson is set to do a remake of this classic war film—however, being busy with The Hobbit, he will probably not release it until 2013.
Meanwhile, this month in Select Editions
we offer our readers a fabulous opportunity to travel back to those dangerous times in Dambusters
, the latest novel by English writer (and ex-pilot) Robert Radcliffe. Tense, thrilling and meticulously researched, this novel gives new insight into the personal sacrifices of those who flew the gigantic Lancaster bombers over occupied Europe. To take an imaginary ride in one of these awesome planes, along with a 'dambuster' crew, click here
We were amazed to hear that one of our editorial team, Susan Close, once worked for a flyer from the Guinea Pig Club, the band of injured RAF pilots who were healed by the legendary Archie Macindoe, the New Zealand surgeon who pioneered plastic surgery during WWII. Susan's boss was Ken Gilkes, who, as far as she knows, is still living.
'I worked for Mr Gilkes (titles were still used in offices in those days!) many years ago.