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Bringing the Thunder: The Missions of a World War II B-29 Pilot in the Pacific (Stackpole Military History)

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The B-29 bomber was made to soar in thin, cold air, dropping its massive bomb load from heights so great that the crews might never see their targets through the clouds below. That was just fine with Ben Robertson, pilot in command of one of the big four engine bombers hammering Japan to its knees in a nonstop bombing campaign in the Pacific. When General LeMay ordered the B-29s to switch tactics from daylight, high-altitude bombing runs to nighttime, low-level runs, Ben's attitude changed. What was once seen as simply dangerous--bombing Japan--now seemed a whole lot more like suicidal.

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David R. Braden, Navigator 73rd Bomb Wing, Saipan, September 11, 2006 (view all comments by David R. Braden, Navigator 73rd Bomb Wing, Saipan)
"...I have read your book twice through and am somewhat at a loss to adequately describe my impressions.
Your work is unique in my experience in that it captures all the elements of what that campaign must have been like; the humor, the sorrows, the tensions of combat, the boredom, the comraderie - it's all there, wonderfully recorded with and extremely great choice of words. At the same time, it is an extraordinary account of the "average" volunteer crew and their typical experiences rendered in a self effacing style which so many works lack.
What I came away with from this work was a wonderful account of a fine bunch of guys who went, bore their situations, conquered their fears, flew their missions, and came home and resumed their lives. And, these are the guys who REALLY won the war. Strategy and tactics and the war as seen from the perspective of LeMay, Hansell, et al are fine, but this is how it really was as the sharp point of the spear, as the saying goes.
And the pictures are wonderful..."

Tom Britton
Smithsonian Air & Space Museum
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David R. Braden, Navigator 73rd Bomb Wing, Saipan, August 1, 2006 (view all comments by David R. Braden, Navigator 73rd Bomb Wing, Saipan)
I received your manuscript and I am enjoying reading it immensely. I have read many WWII books, and, in my opinion, yours is among the best of the best. The details of your training as a pilot and the missions you flew are far better than any I have read anywhere. Your recount of your first mission, the big Tokyo fire raid was a chiller. Checking my log, I found we flew on 11 missions to the same target and 13 on the same day, but to different targets. Thanks again for sending the manuscript -it's a real treat of quality writing.
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Mel Buchanan, July 8, 2006 (view all comments by Mel Buchanan)
I am a member of a group that is restoring the B-29 "DOC" to flying comdition. I have gleaned a lot of information about the B-29 and the brave men that flew them from reading, "Bringing The Thunder".
The author has put the reader on the flight deck of the B-29 and you almost get the feeling you are there on the long 16 hour missions over the Empire of Japan.
I strongly recommend this book for WW II history buffs and aviation enthusiasts.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780811733335
Author:
Robertson, Gordon Be
Publisher:
Stackpole Books
Author:
Robertson, Gordon Bennett
Subject:
General
Subject:
Military - World War II
Subject:
World war, 1939-1945
Subject:
Air pilots, Military
Subject:
World War, 1939-1945 -- Campaigns.
Subject:
Military-World War II General
Copyright:
Series:
Stackpole Military History
Publication Date:
20061131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
279
Dimensions:
8.92x6.10x.72 in. 1.05 lbs.

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