About The Book

Under a Bomber’s Moon is the true story of a New Zealand navigator-bomb aimer with the Royal Air Force and a German night fighter pilot as they fight for success and survival over night time Germany during the bitterest years of the Second World War. In early 1944, after completing one tour of operations and winning the Distinguished Flying Cross for his exploits, the New Zealander, Colwyn Jones, was killed during a raid on Berlin.


About The Night War Over Europe

During the Second World War the night sky over Europe was one of the most lethal places to wage war. By 1945 almost half of the airmen who flew with Bomber Command and a third of the Luftwaffe night fighter crew pitted against them had been killed. Many German cities became moonscapes of rubble, their inhabitants the first to experience the reality of ‘total war’ – itself a glimpse of the destructive potential of the nuclear age about to explode in the Far East.


8 - On a Wing and a Prayer EXTRA MATERIAL

In the attached original combat report, Col's skipper, Squadron Leader Jock Watt, describes how their Stirling was attacked by a Messerschmitt ME110 in August 1942 before it struggled back to crash land in Kent. This is just one of several episodes recounted in Under a Bomber's Moon in which Col Jones and Otto Fries narrowly escaped death.

(Picture left courtesy of John Johnston).


Coming soon: A survivor's account of being shot down in a Halifax over Berlin.