This entertaining and historically accurate book reveals the secret wartime role of the RAF's Special Duties Operators, employed to 'jam' enemy radar and spy on their communications.
At the centre of the story is Ted Manners, who flew as the ‘eighth man’ in an otherwise normal operational Lancaster bomber aircraft belonging to 101 Squadron. Using his specialist knowledge, equipment and training, his job was to interfere with communications between German ground controllers and the deadly Luftwaffe night-fighter squadrons operating in the skies over Germany in 1944.
It is also the story of the remaining members of the Lancaster crew with whom Ted flew, on a tour of operations that included eight trips to Berlin as well as others to Nuremberg, Leipzig and Mailly-Le-Camp ... on one occasion surviving a mid-air collision over Belgium.
The book also gives an excellent insight into the wider activities of 101 Squadron, whose attrition rate at the time was so high that, in the course of their six-month period with the squadron, Ted and his colleagues were the only crew to complete a tour of 30 operations ... in the process winning two DFCs and a DFM between them.