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Half a Wing, Three Engines and a Prayer

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In 1943, when the outcome of World War II hung in the balance, B-17 crews of the Eighth Air Force flew harrowing, unescorted daylight bombing missions deep into Occupied Europe and Germany. These devastating raids have long been storied in film and fiction, but here is a firsthand, blow-by-blow account of these perilous missions as they really happened. In these pages, you'll see the events unfold as they were recorded and recalled by one crew's officers and enlisted men (pilot, copilot, navigator, radioman, and gunners), corroborated by other crews they flew with, and painstakingly correlated with the official records of the men's 303rd "Hell's Angels" Bomb Group.

The publication of Half a Wing, Three Engines, and a Prayer in 1989 prompted a flood of fresh recollections, correspondence, and personal records from other veterans of the 303rd. This Special Revised Edition incorporates that wealth of new material into a vivid, thorough recreation — complete with actual combat photographs — of one of the most dramatic chapters in military aviation history.

New in this Special Revised Edition:

* New veteran interviews

* Expanded coverage

* Revised data

* 90 photographs and illustrations

* Epilogue: crewmen's post-war careers

"A well-researched, highly readable account of a B-17 combat crew's experience...excellent." — Roger A. Freeman, author of The Mighty Eighth

"The best collection of stories about a B-17 Bomb Group that has ever been published." — Harry D. Gobrecht, President, 303rd Bomb Group Association and author of Might in Flight: Daily Diary of the Eighth Air Force's 'Hell's Angels' Bomb Group

Synopsis:

In 1943, when the outcome of World War II hung in the balance, B-17 crews of the Eighth Air Force flew harrowing, unescorted daylight bombing missions deep into Occupied Europe and Germany. These devastating raids have long been storied in film and fiction, but here is a firsthand, blow-by-blow account of these perilous missions as they really happened. In these pages, you'll see the events unfold as they were recorded and recalled by one crew's officers and enlisted men (pilot, copilot, navigator, radioman, and gunners), corroborated by other crews they flew with, and painstakingly correlated with the official records of the men's 303rd "Hell's Angels" Bomb Group.

The publication of Half a Wing, Three Engines, and a Prayer in 1989 prompted a flood of fresh recollections, correspondence, and personal records from other veterans of the 303rd. This Special Revised Edition incorporates that wealth of new material into a vivid, thorough recreation — complete with actual combat photographs — of one of the most dramatic chapters in military aviation history.

New in this Special Revised Edition:

* New veteran interviews

* Expanded coverage

* Revised data

* 90 photographsandillustrations

* Epilogue: crewmen's post-war careers

"A well-researched, highly readable account of a B-17 combat crew's experience...excellent." — Roger A. Freeman, author of The Mighty Eighth

"The best collection of stories about a B-17 Bomb Group that has ever been published." — Harry D. Gobrecht, President, 303rd Bomb Group Association and author of Might in Flight: Daily Diary of the Eighth Air Force's 'Hell's Angels' Bomb Group

Synopsis:

Incorporating a wealth of new material, here is the riveting story of the bombing raids that broke the back of Nazi Germany, praised as "a well-researched, highly readable account of a B-17 combat crew's experience ... excellent." (Roger A. Freeman, author of The Mighty Eighth)

About the Author

Brian D. O'Neill, is the General Counsel of Curtiss-Wright Corporation, the famous aviation company that manufactured the Curtiss P-40 fighter and the B-17's Wright Cyclone engines during World War II. Before becoming an attorney, he served with the U.S. Navy as a detroyer gunner officer and shipyard repair officer. An avid student of Eighth Air Force history, he resides in East Windsor, New Jersey.

Table of Contents

Special Edition Acknowledgments

Acknowledgments

Foreword

Introduction

Chapter 1: Hullar's Crew

Chapter 2: The ETO

Chapter 3: Moleworth and the 303rd Bomb Group

Chapter 4: Introduction to Combat: Amiens, August 15, 1943 and Le Bourget, August 16, 1943

Chapter 5: "We're Veterans After That One!": Schweinfurt, August 17, 1943

Chapter 6: "This One Was Going to Be a 'Milk Run'": Gilze Rijen, August 19, 1943

Chapter 7: "They Didn't Have a Prayer!": Watten, August 27, 1943

Chapter 8: "By This Time Things Were Really Screwed Up": Amiens, August 31, 1943

Chapter 9: "And I for One Said a Little Prayer": Stuttgart, September 6, 1943

Chapter 10: "A Horrible Fiasco": Nantes, September 16, 1943

Chapter 11: "Don't Let That Happen to You": Emden, October 2, 1943

Chapter 12: "Black Week" Begins: Bremen, October 8, 1943

Chapter 13: "We Were All So Scared": Munster, October 10, 1943

Chapter 14: "Schweinfurt Again!": Black Thursday, October 14, 1943

(and more...)

Product Details

ISBN:
9780071341455
Author:
O'Neill, Brian D.
Publisher:
McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
Author:
O'Neill, Brian D.
Author:
O'Neill, Brian
Author:
O'Neill Brian
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Military - Aviation
Subject:
Military - World War II
Subject:
World war, 1939-1945
Subject:
Adventure
Subject:
Aviation - History
Subject:
Germany
Subject:
B-seventeen bomber
Subject:
World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal narratives, American.
Subject:
World War, 19
Subject:
Special Interest - Adventure
Subject:
Prayer,missions,crews,Engines,Wing,combat,B-17,Special Revised Edition,veterans,Ball,France,Acknowledgements Foreword Introduction
Subject:
World War, 1939-1945 -- Germany.
Subject:
Military-World War II General
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1
Edition Description:
Revised
Publication Date:
April 1999
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
454
Dimensions:
8.98x6.02x1.25 in. 1.64 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , In 1943, when the outcome of World War II hung in the balance, B-17 crews of the Eighth Air Force flew harrowing, unescorted daylight bombing missions deep into Occupied Europe and Germany. These devastating raids have long been storied in film and fiction, but here is a firsthand, blow-by-blow account of these perilous missions as they really happened. In these pages, you'll see the events unfold as they were recorded and recalled by one crew's officers and enlisted men (pilot, copilot, navigator, radioman, and gunners), corroborated by other crews they flew with, and painstakingly correlated with the official records of the men's 303rd "Hell's Angels" Bomb Group.

The publication of Half a Wing, Three Engines, and a Prayer in 1989 prompted a flood of fresh recollections, correspondence, and personal records from other veterans of the 303rd. This Special Revised Edition incorporates that wealth of new material into a vivid, thorough recreation — complete with actual combat photographs — of one of the most dramatic chapters in military aviation history.

New in this Special Revised Edition:

* New veteran interviews

* Expanded coverage

* Revised data

* 90 photographsandillustrations

* Epilogue: crewmen's post-war careers

"A well-researched, highly readable account of a B-17 combat crew's experience...excellent." — Roger A. Freeman, author of The Mighty Eighth

"The best collection of stories about a B-17 Bomb Group that has ever been published." — Harry D. Gobrecht, President, 303rd Bomb Group Association and author of Might in Flight: Daily Diary of the Eighth Air Force's 'Hell's Angels' Bomb Group

"Synopsis" by , Incorporating a wealth of new material, here is the riveting story of the bombing raids that broke the back of Nazi Germany, praised as "a well-researched, highly readable account of a B-17 combat crew's experience ... excellent." (Roger A. Freeman, author of The Mighty Eighth)
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