Tail-End Charlie (Hardcover)
Frances Lincoln Children's Books, 9781845076511, 40pp.
Publication Date: April 1, 2009
As a boy, Mick Manning listened in awe to his father’s hair-raising tales about life as an RAF airgunner during the Second World War. Now, years later, he has recreated his father's stories, writing them down as if his dad were speaking the words. These stories tell of the human confict behind the war's headlines, capturing what it’s like to undergo rigorous RAF training, soar through the skies in a bomber, face a comparably skilled and implacable enemy, endure food rationing, and more. Author Manning collaborated with his wife Brita Granström in illustrating this story, combining artwork with letters and mementos that evoke this turning point in history.