Martin Middlebrook. The Battle of Hamburg: Allied Bomber Forces Against a German City in 1943. London: Cassell & Co., 2000 [1980]. I picked this up partly because of the topic (obviously), partly because it has an account of the action for which Pilot Officer E. L. Pickles was awarded his first DFC (nursing his Lancaster home after a night-fighter attack which killed two of his crew and wounded another; my mother knew him slightly when she was growing up -- amazingly he's still flying), partly because it was only $10 (why am I justifying this to you?)

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