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The Wild Blue: The Men and Boys Who Flew the B-24s over Germany 1944-1945by Stephen E. Ambrose
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Stephen E. Ambrose is the acknowledged dean of the historians of World War II in Europe. The very young men who flew the B-24s over Germany in World War II against terrible odds were an exceptional band of brothers, and, in The Wild Blue, Ambrose recounts their unique brand of heroism, skill, daring, and comradeship with vivid detail and affection.
Ambrose describes how the Army Air Forces recruited, trained, and then chose those few who would undertake the most de-manding and dangerous jobs in the war. These are the boys — turned pilots, bombardiers, navigators, and gunners of the B-24s — who suffered over 50 percent casualties.
With his remarkable gift for bringing alive the action and tension of combat, Ambrose carries us along in the crowded, uncomfortable, and dangerous B-24s as their crews fought to the death through thick black smoke and deadly flak to reach their targets and destroy the German war machine. Many went down in flames.
About the Author
Stephen E. Ambrose is the author of numerous books of history, including the New York Times number one bestseller Nothing Like It in the World, and Undaunted Courage, D-Day, and Citizen Soldiers. He lives in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, and Helena, Montana. Visit his Web site at www.stephenambrose.com.
Table of Contents
Cast of Characters
CHAPTER ONE Where They Came From
CHAPTER TWO Training
CHAPTER THREE Learning to Fly the B-24
CHAPTER FOUR The Fifteenth Air Force
CHAPTER FIVE Cerignola, Italy
CHAPTER SIX Learning to Fly in Combat
CHAPTER SEVEN December 1944
CHAPTER EIGHT The Isle of Capri
CHAPTER NINE The Tuskegee Airmen Fly Cover: February 1945
CHAPTER TEN Missions over Austria: March 1945
CHAPTER ELEVEN Linz: The Last Mission: April 1945
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