The Lost Graves of Peenemünde

Sean Feast, Mike McLeod

The search to find the truth about the Bomber Command airmen missing from the famous Peenemünde raid in August 1943.
Publication date:
October 2020
Publisher :
Fighting High Publishing
Language:
English
Illustration :
approx 60 black and white photgraphs
Format Available     Quantity Price
Hardback
ISBN : 9781999812898

Dimensions : 234 X 156 mm
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£19.95

Overview
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• A unique and detailed insight in to the mystery of what happened to the men listed as missing on one of the most fanous raids in military aviation history
• Approximately 60 previously unpublished photographs

The raid on the secret rocket research establishment at Peenemünde on the Baltic coast in August 1943 has gone down in history as one of the most successful and remarkable of the war. The site was virtually obliterated, and the Germans forced to move rocket production and development elsewhere. But it came at a terrible cost. More than 40 bombers and 215 RAF aircrew failed to return. After the war, the bodies of many of those who were killed were recovered by the Missing Research and Enquiry Service (MRES) and buried in Commonwealth war graves. But not all. A series of mishaps and miscommunication led the MRES to search in the wrong place. Funds to continue the search dried up. And with the site falling into Russian hands, and access to British and US search parties severely restricted, the search ultimately had to be called off, and the remaining men commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial as having no known grave. But some of the missing men are still there, waiting to be found.
With a foreword from Peenemünde raid veteran pilot George Dunn DFC L d'H, and illustrated with a wealth of previously unpublished photographs, Sean Feast and Mike McLeod tell the story of the forgotten graves of Peenemünde, the search to discover the truth about their final resting place, and the chance that their bodies may yet be discovered and returned.