B-24 Bridge Busters: RAF Liberators over Burma

Author(s): Colin Pateman 

ISBN: 9781781555194
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The American B-24 Liberators flown by RAF and Commonwealth aircrews against the Japanese in Burma.
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  • Referenced from operational flying log books written by aircrews during the Second World War

  • Provides a detailed examination of the Japanese military administration and occupation of Burma

  • Provides the true account of the destruction of the infamous bridge over the River Kwai

  • Profusely illustrated with rare and unpublished photographs

B-24 Bridge Busters: RAF Liberators over Burma provides a gripping and detailed account of RAF Liberator missions against the Japanese in Asia. British and Commonwealth aircrews displayed great gallantry in many instances on low-level precise bombing sorties destroying specific targets, including a great number of bridges constructed by the Japanese in their conquest to reach India.

A number of detailed accounts are based upon personal flying logbooks and other unique material originating from the pilots and aircrews. 159 Squadron was the first four-engine heavy bomber squadron that flew from India and operated over Burma. They instigated greater accuracy in destroying a multitude of vital targets.

The legendary film The Bridge over the River Kwai (1957) evokes images that are historically set in celluloid; however, that blockbusting film had separated fact from fiction and this book examines the true events that took place through ‘Bridge Busting’, including techniques developed and deployed by the RAF against the Japanese.

BOOK ISBN 9781781555194
FORMAT 234 x 156 mm
BINDING Hardback
PAGES 208 pages
ILLUSTRATIONS 37 black-and-white photographs



Colin Pateman served for 32 years in Sussex Police, a qualified Home Office Instructor in all Police Dog roles. In addition, the specific search dog requirements with the armed services saw him trained by the Royal Engineers, and deployed as a search advisor in both his home county and Nationally.

He is an avid collector of military medals and memorabilia, with a particular interest in the Royal Air Force. The author of Airborne Animals and Cockpit Companions and the Co-author of Unwanted Hero.