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Dr Steve Bond served in the RAF and now lectures at City University. Previous work includes histories of RAF Brize Norton, RAF St Athan and the Gloster Meteor, along with the books Heroes All, Wimpy, and contributions to previous Failed to Return books.

 

Steve Darlow is a Bomber Command historian, established military aviation author (with sixteen books to his name), and television documentary consultant and contributor. In 2009 Steve founded Fighting High Publishing, which seeks to publish books focusing on human endeavour in military situations.

 

 

Sean Feast works in PR and advertising and is an acclaimed Bomber Command historian and author. Sean has authored and co-authored thirteen books to date including the recently published A Thunder Bird in Bomber Command.

 

Marc Hall developed an interest in aviation at an early age, and gained a commercial pilots licence. Marc's research in to RAF Bomber Command is ongoing and his first book Bomber Command Operation Hurricane met with critical acclaim.

 

Janet Hughes, Reginald Wilson's elder daughter, was born in Chigwell, Essex, in 1958, and was educated at Woodford County High School and the Universities of Southampton and Reading. She became a secondary school teacher of French and German, and now enjoys one-to-one teaching, translation, photography, music and writing. She is married to David Hughes, and they have two grown up children, Katherine and Christopher. They live in Farnham, Surrey.

Nigel Julian, as the son of a Royal Air Force pilot and Caterpillar Club member, grew up surrounded by aviation themed books, resulting in a lifelong passion for the history of the air war over Europe. Encouragement from 56th Fighter Group veterans and their families eventually resulted in the formation of the 56thfightergroup.co.uk website. Besides becoming a focus point for the Group's former members and their relatives, it has also provided the current 56th Fighter Wing with an insight into their unit's extraordinary and historic legacy

Born in Daybrook, Nottingham, in 1955, Roger Leivers eventually moved to the Cambridgeshire town of Godmanchester in 1989. Here he became involved in volunteer groups, and launched annual local historical war walks to raise money for the local museum and the upkeep of the town s war memorial. This led him to be involved with The Porch Museum, with a special interest in the effect both wars had on the town and its people.

 

Dr Robert Owen is an aviation historian and the Official Historian of the No. 617 Squadron Association. A Trustee of both this Association and the Barnes Wallis Memorial Trust, he has contributed to numerous publications and television documentaries, including authorship of the book Henry Maudslay Dam Buster.

Peter Randall is the owner and founder of the website littlefriends.co.uk, one of the earliest sites on the Internet dedicated to the US 8th Army Air Force Fighter Command, and recognised as the most comprehensive on-line database for this specialised subject. Peter, motivated by the lack of detailed information contained in the early published 8th Air Force fighter unit histories, began collecting records of serial numbers, unit and pilot allocations and their respective fates, culminating in the online publication of his unique and exemplary website.

Howard Sandall is the No. 622 Squadron historian, the author of the squadron's history We Wage War By Night and contributor to D-Day Bomber Command Failed to Return. His research into his uncle's time with Bomber Command has led to him expanding his interest to other squadrons with the aim of perpetuating memories for future generations.

Reginald Wilson was born in 1923, the third of five children. He attended Beal Grammar School, Ilford, and joined the Royal Air Force in 1941, serving in Bomber Command as a navigator. Shot down in 1944 over Berlin, he spent the rest of the war as a POW. Reg had a long and successful career with Unilever, eventually becoming an International Management Consultant. He married Barbara Spencer in 1954. Sadly Reg passed away in 2016.