"Which I did, it took me six years and that's the book", Colman says. Published in 2018, Crew : The Story Of The Men Who Flew RAAF Lancaster J For Jig is a great read.
Colman's introduction sets it up beautifully. "There were seven men in J For Jig that night in February 1944, heading for Germany - seven out of a total of 125,000 who served as aircrew for RAF Bomber Command between 1940 and 1945. Their backgrounds were not unusual. They weren't a special crew, a famous crew, they were as ordinary as can be. And that's what makes them important. Because their stories are also the stories of the 125,000- who they were, what they did, whom they loved and whom they left behind."
Four died and are buried together in a little French village (Villers-sous-Preny), two escaped to Switzerland with assistance from the French Underground, and the badly injured pilot did it awfully tough being moved from one German prison camp to another. It's unpleasant reading, but important if we are to learn from our mistakes.