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.

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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.

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Book Leads Col Jones's Namesake to Graveside Discovery

Colwyn Lee's father named him after a friend he had known at the Auckland Star but lost during the War - Colwyn Jones. Lee knew almost nothing of this until he came upon Under a Bomber's Moon. In this letter to author Stephen Harris, Lee describes what it was like to learn about the man - and to stand beside his grave in Berlin so many decades after Jones's death.

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Book leads NZ airman to the man who killed his relative

 

Stephen Harris briefly thought Luftwaffe Nachtjagd ace Paul Zorner had killed his great-uncle, Col Jones. Further research ruled that out, but at the Wellington launch of Under a Bomber’s Moon, a guest came forward with questions about the death of his second cousin in that same Leipzig raid in which Maurice Askew was shot down, on 19-20 February 1944. This time the trail through time led straight to Zorner.

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British ex- POW recalls being attacked by RAF fighters

A crew member of the first Lancaster shot down by Otto Fries died just weeks before the end of the war when his POW column was strafed by RAF Typhoons. A Christchurch man, Maurice Askew, was in that same POW column. He spoke to Stephen Harris about his experiences.

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Discovery of Jones' letter to Dead VC Hero's Mother

When an Australian friend and 149 Squadron comrade, ‘Ron’ Middleton, was killed on 28 November 1942 after an heroic feat of airmanship that won him a posthumous Victoria Cross, Col Jones wrote to Middleton’s mother on behalf of other friends on the squadron. Jones’ reference to this letter is on page 137 of Under a Bomber’s Moon.

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Third Account of North Sea Ditching Comes to Light 70 Years Later

A third account of Col Jones' June 1942 ditching in the North Sea has now come to light, nearly 70 years later. Through reading Under a Bomber's Moon, the families of the skipper and front gunner of their doomed Stirling made contact with the author.

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