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The Wild Blue: The Men and Boys Who Flew the B-24s Over Germany 1944-45

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Stephen E. Ambrose, acclaimed author of andlt;I andgt;Band of Brothers andlt;/Iandgt;and andlt;I andgt;Undaunted Courageandlt;/Iandgt;, carries us along in the crowded and dangerous B-24s as their crews fought to destroy the German war machine during World War II.andlt;brandgt;andlt;brandgt;The young men who flew the B-24s over Germany in World War II fought against horrific odds, and, in andlt;Iandgt;The Wild Blue,andlt;/Iandgt; Ambrose recounts their extraordinary heroism, skill, daring, and comradeship with vivid detail and affection.andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;Ambrose describes how the Army Air Forces recruited, trained, and selected the elite few who would undertake the most demanding and dangerous jobs in the war. These are the boysand#8212;turned pilots, bombardiers, navigators, and gunners of the B-24sand#8212;who suffered over fifty percent casualties.andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;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. Twenty-two-year-old George McGovern, who was to become a United States senator and a presidential candidate, flew thirty-five combat missions (all the Army would allow) and won the Distinguished Flying Cross. We meet him and his mates, his co-pilot killed in action, and crews of other planes. Many went down in flames.andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;As andlt;Iandgt;Band of Brothersandlt;/Iandgt; and andlt;Iandgt;Citizen Soldiersandlt;/Iandgt; portrayed the bravery and ultimate victory of the American soldiers from Normandy on to Germany, andlt;Iandgt;The Wild Blue andlt;/Iandgt;illustrates the enormous contribution that these young men of the Army Air Forces made to the Allied victory.

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Stephen Ambrose is the acknowledged dean of the historians of World War II in Europe. In three highly acclaimed, bestselling volumes, he has told the story of the bravery, steadfastness, and ingenuity of the ordinary young men, the citizen soldiers, who fought the enemy to a standstill — the band of brothers who endured together. andlt;BRandgt; The very young men who flew the B-24s over Germany in World War II against terrible odds were yet another exceptional band of brothers, and, in andlt;Iandgt;The Wild Blue,andlt;/Iandgt; Ambrose recounts their extraordinary brand of heroism, skill, daring, and comradeship with the same vivid detail and affection. 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.

Synopsis:

In the bestselling "D-Day, Citizen Soldiers, " and "Band of Brothers, " Ambrose portrayed in vivid detail the experiences of soldiers who fought on the bloody battlegrounds of World War II. "The Wild Blue" brings to life another extraordinary group of men--the pilots, bombardiers, navigators and gunners aboard the B-24s that destroyed the German war machine. of photos. Maps.

About the Author

Stephen E. Ambrose is the author of numerous books of history, including the New York Times bestsellers Citizen Soldiers, Undaunted Courage, and D-Day, as well as multivolume biographies of Dwight D. Eisenhower and Richard Nixon. He is founder of the National D-Day Museum in New Orleans, a past recipient of the National Humanities Award, and a board member of the Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Council. He lives in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, and Helena, Montana. For more information about the author, visit his Web site at www.stephenambrose.com.

Table of Contents

Contents

Acknowledgments

Author's Note

Prologue

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

Epilogue

Notes

Bibliography

Index

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Felicity, April 12, 2009 (view all comments by Felicity)
A well-focused little history. It gives a good overview of the B-24's significance and its contributions to the war in Europe, as well as a moving glimpse into the lives and stories of specific men and crews. The book centers on George McGovern, whose experiences as a bomber pilot were remarkable for a reader yet not unusual among his fellows.

It's a fairly quick read, not at all overloaded with aviation jargon, and full of interesting anecdotes and events that I was forced to immediately relate to my unwary friends and family.
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Paul McFarland, August 8, 2007 (view all comments by Paul McFarland)
Another fine military history by Stephen Ambrose tells the story of American B-24 pilots in Europe during WWII. Although this book focuses on the Experiences of George McGovern who flew 35 missions and received a Distinguished Flying Cross it does an excellent job of telling the story of everyone involved in the bomber war against Germany. This is a fine and an exciting tale.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780743223096
Author:
Ambrose, Stephen E.
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster
Author:
Ambrose, Stephen E.
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Military - World War II
Subject:
World war, 1939-1945
Subject:
History
Subject:
Modern - 20th Century
Subject:
United States - 20th Century
Subject:
Flight crews
Subject:
Bombing, aerial
Subject:
Bomber pilots.
Subject:
B
Subject:
World War, 19
Subject:
United states
Subject:
United States History.
Subject:
Military-World War II General
Subject:
fighter pilots, bomber planes, world war II, air attacks, B-24 jets, bomber boys, masters of the air, wild blue yonder, air assault on germany, nazis, berlin, hitler
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st Touchstone ed.
Edition Description:
B102
Series Volume:
no. 162
Publication Date:
May 2002
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
1- 8pp bandamp;w insert; maps as endpape
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.12 in 11.515 oz

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"Synopsis" by , Stephen Ambrose is the acknowledged dean of the historians of World War II in Europe. In three highly acclaimed, bestselling volumes, he has told the story of the bravery, steadfastness, and ingenuity of the ordinary young men, the citizen soldiers, who fought the enemy to a standstill — the band of brothers who endured together. andlt;BRandgt; The very young men who flew the B-24s over Germany in World War II against terrible odds were yet another exceptional band of brothers, and, in andlt;Iandgt;The Wild Blue,andlt;/Iandgt; Ambrose recounts their extraordinary brand of heroism, skill, daring, and comradeship with the same vivid detail and affection. 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.
"Synopsis" by , In the bestselling "D-Day, Citizen Soldiers, " and "Band of Brothers, " Ambrose portrayed in vivid detail the experiences of soldiers who fought on the bloody battlegrounds of World War II. "The Wild Blue" brings to life another extraordinary group of men--the pilots, bombardiers, navigators and gunners aboard the B-24s that destroyed the German war machine. of photos. Maps.
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