The Bomber Boys
Heroes Who Flew the B-17s in World War II
ISBN 9780451228710 | 288 pages | 06 Oct 2009 | NAL | 8.26 x 5.23in | 18 - AND UP
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True tales of heroism and the men who fought and died in the skies of World War II Europe."Some of the stories read like combat fiction, with dogfights and shot-up planes and skies full of fire, at the end of which the pilot comes in on a wing and a prayer."
In World War II, there were many ways to die. But nothing offered more fatal choices than being inside a B-17 bomber above Nazi-occupied Europe. From the hellish storms of enemy flak and relentless strafing of Luftwaffe fighters, to mid-air collisions, mechanical failure, and simple bad luck, itís a wonder any man would volunteer for such dangerous duty. But many did. Some paid the ultimate price. And some made it home. But in the end, all would achieve victory.
Here, author Travis L. Ayres has gathered a collection of previously untold personal accounts of combat and camaraderie aboard the B-17 Bombers that flew countless sorties against the enemy, as related by the men who lived and fought in the airóand survived.
-New York Daily News
"I have waited sixty-plus years to have my World War II exploits accurately recorded. Mr. Ayres's splendid work-based on interviewing combat airmen and many hours of research-has told it well, and gotten it right! I applaud his tenacity."
-Peter Seniawsky (Scott), Waist Gunner, 384th B.G.
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