Missing: The Wartime Account of Two Brothers by David Parker
Missing is the story of two brothers lost in two different theatres of war. The story of two ordinary local lads and their extraordinary contribution to the war effort.
Harry was a bomber command pilot in 1939-40. At a time when the fighter squadrons were rightly earning the gratitude of a nation, Harry and his colleagues were carrying out no less a service in their efforts to halt the advance of the German war machine across Europe. Harry carried out observation and bombing missions against army and navy targets in France and Norway. William, the older brother had joined the Royal Artillery in 1930. After periods of duty in Aden and Hong Kong he was transferred to Singapore in 1939. When the Japanese launched their 'impossible' attack on the jewel in Britain's far eastern crown William was there waiting for them ... but not from the direction they came...
Hidden amongst the big stories of World War Two are countless smaller ones, that are no less significant to those affected, but are easy for us to overlook. A glass blower and a chemist in their civilian lives, William and Harry Warman were not close. They lived separate lives and fought in separate services but shared a similar fate. Under-equipped and under-prepared they faced two powerful enemies and paid the ultimate price.