I nearly got hit several times. One night I went to the cinema and there was a raid. The Lyon's Cafe, on the corner, got hit and when we came out of the shelter, the cafe wasn't there anymore.
Flight engineer Rear gunner Lancaster
As usual combats with fighters could be seen going on all around by the lights of tracers from each aircraft.
Rear gunner Lancaster
Our .303 machine guns were like pea shooters compared with the night fighter’s cannons.