FNH Audio presents an unabridged reading of Green Balls: The Adventures of a Night Bomber. Paul Bewsher was one of the founding members of an experimental unit of Night Bombers during World War One. Never before had an attempt been made to create a unit of specialist bombing aircraft that would operate at night over enemy territory. It was a new experience and new techniques had to be developed to carry out the missions.
In this memoir you hear of Paul's experiences crossing the lines, dodging the search lights, and escaping the anti-aircraft fire. He shows that the experience of the night bomber is a demanding terror-filled escapade mixed with some night time scenes of astounding beauty.
One expects WWI air combat to be much more exciting than is presented here. This is not a novel or a history but a daily journal of a bombardier. Not much happens here. Green Balls refers to German anti-aircraft fire which little threatens the author. The greatest peril results more from mechanical troubles than the enemy. The narrator's Cockney voice is also ill suited to what one expects of British officer. Very disappointed.
Unfortunately, if you are looking for a First World War book detailing technical and logistical aspects of the first heavy bomber campaigns, this book isn't for you.
I didn't get past the fourth chapter and found the narrative way too flowery and uninspiring.
What a shame.