Powerful descriptions of the horrors of war well contrasted with the peaceful English countryside. The author tries to cover it all - rationing, evacuees, missing soldiers, prisoners of war, the London blitz. There are also a lot of characters, and at times I found it difficult to remember who was who - the American names were not easy to grasp. The tensions among the aviation crews and the bonds between them were very well captured and the descriptions of the flying and the technical details were brilliantly done. You felt you were there. But the best thing about the book is the atmosphere.