The night of 16/17 December 1943, afterwards known as Black Thursday, saw the worst RAF bad weather losses of the entire war. A heavy fog caused severe problems for home-coming aircraft and there were multiple fatal crashes. Amongst the dead were 50 Pathfinder aircrew.
One of the most tragic losses of that night was the death of the highly experienced pilot Ernest Deverill and six of his crew in an accident caused by fog and the shut-down of all the engines on his Lancaster when his petrol ran out.
This is a short, lavishly illustrated biography of Ernest Deverill, an outstanding pilot who won the DFM, the DFC twice, and the Air Force Cross, and who flew on both the Augsburg and Le Creusot daylight raids.
24pp, 17 colour illustrations