B-24 Bridge Busters

RAF Liberators over Burma

B-24 Bridge Busters provides a gripping and detailed account of RAF Liberator missions against the Japanese in Asia. British and Commonwealth aircrews displayed great gallantry in many instances on low-level precise bombing sorties destroying specific targets, including a great number of bridges constructed by the Japanese in their conquest to reach India.

A number of detailed accounts are based upon personal flying logbooks and other unique material originating from the pilots and aircrews. 159 Squadron was the first four-engine heavy bomber squadron that flew from India and operated over Burma. They instigated greater accuracy in destroying a multitude of vital targets.

The legendary film The Bridge over the River Kwai (1957) evokes images that are historically set in celluloid; however, that blockbusting film had separated fact from fiction and this book examines the true events that took place through ‘Bridge Busting’, including techniques developed and deployed by the RAF against the Japanese.
Accounts in the book include:

  • Referenced from operational flying log books written by aircrews during the Second World War
  • Provides a detailed examination of the Japanese military administration and occupation of Burma
  • Provides the true account of the destruction of the infamous bridge over the River Kwai
  • Profusely illustrated with rare and unpublished photographs


B-24 Bridge Busters By Colin Pateman, Books Jacket Cover