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The Wild Blue: The Men and Boys Who Flew the B-24s Over Germany 1944-45by Stephen E Ambrose
Synopses & Reviews
Stephen E. Ambrose, acclaimed author of andlt;iandgt;Band of Brothers andlt;/iandgt;and andlt;iandgt;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.
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.
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
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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