Failed to Return

Canada’s Bomber Command Sacrifice in the Second World War

Edited by: Keith C. Ogilvie
ISBN 9781772033816
Softcover | Publication Date: October 5, 2021
Book Dimensions: 6 in. x 9 in.
288 Pages
$26.95 CAD

About the Book

A compelling look at sixteen stories of Canadians killed and missing in the line of duty while serving in the Royal Air Force Bomber Command, one of the most dangerous assignments in the Second World War.

Royal Air Force Bomber Command was one of the most dangerous divisions for Allies serving in the Second World War. Despite the risks, the opportunity to fly was seen as exciting and glamorous, attracting a steady stream of young volunteers. Of the some 40,000 aircrew who served in Bomber Command, 45% were killed in action. Nearly 10,000 Canadians were among those who perished.

Failed to Return tells sixteen stories of Canadian flyers who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country. Many of the stories in this book are heroic, like those of two Canadian participants in the famous Dambusters raid, or brave, like those captured as prisoners of war, while others are simply tragic, describing staggering losses where entire aircrafts and crew disappeared without a trace. At its core, Failed to Return presents these individual accounts as an illumination of, and memorial to, the unique lives that lay behind the dreadful statistics.

About the Author(s)

Keith Ogilvie is a former aerospace engineer who worked on Canada’s space program in the 1970s and ’80s, before moving into the field of international development, supporting governance and economic development projects. He is also a former pilot (who owned an ex-RCAF trainer), a sailor, an explorer, and the bestselling author of The Spitfire Luck of Skeets Ogilvie.