Here is a novel that sheds an interesting perspective on the lives of a Second World War bomber crew from the time each man was brought together during training in the U.S. to its deployment in Britain for operations over German-occupied Europe. On average, it took roughly 15 months to train a bomber crew, for each member of the crew was a specialist in his own particular job, be he a pilot, bombardier, navigator, gunner, radio operator, and co-pilot. Sometimes, there were personality clashes, and this novel shows how the crew learns to persevere and become a winning team. For combat can sober a person up real fast, and in the air war over Europe, if a bomber crew were to stand a chance of surviving its tour, it was vital that each crew member did their job well and was supportive of the other men with whom he flew. Otherwise, the crew was not likely to survive. Therein lies the value of this novel. It doesn't sugar-coat but shows both the direct and indirect costs of war on both a squadron and the individuals within it who hazard their lives each day they go up against the enemy.