Excerpt from the upcoming book – Shadow Heroes
Ed’s squadron’s next mission was one feared by the airmen of the Mighty Eight; Berlin. The second mission was a tough draw for the novice crew. Berlin was heartily defended. As early as 1940, in response to RAF raids, Adolf Hitler ordered the construction of three massive flak towers to defend the German capital. They were supported by a retractable radar dish, which itself was protected by concrete. The towers were completed in six months. The three flak towers were situated around the outskirts of Berlin and formed a triangle of awesome anti- aircraft fire that covered the center of Berlin.