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Bloody Skies: a 15th AAF B-17 Crew: How They Lived and Died [Signed by Both Authors]

McGuire, Melvin W. and, Hadley, Robert

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ISBN 10: 1881325067 / ISBN 13: 9781881325062
Edité par Yucca Tree Press, Las Cruces, NM, 1993
Etat : Very Good Couverture rigide
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Xxii, [2], 424 pages, well illustrated, cloth, DJ, very good. Stated first printing. Signed by both McGuire and Hadley. From the DJ: "Much has been written about the U. S. Army Air Corps in World War II, but the contributions of each aircrew member to that effort have been largely neglected. Also, the importance of the unity of the crew has not been sufficiently emphasized. BLOODY SKIES is the story of a Fifteenth Air Force, Second Bomb Group (H) , Twentieth Squadron, B-17 crew that often flew the notorious "Old Flak Holes," and how they learned to respect and trust each other. Training made them cohesive, crisis and tragedy bonded them. They arrived at Amendola, Italy, on the day their entire squadron, the Twentieth, and others of the Second Bomb Group, had been wiped out by the Luftwaffe. That legacy was their introduction to war. Through McGuuire and Hadley the reader will watch these enthusiastic, bright-eyed, cocky boys lose that brightness and confidence. When fatigue and weariness became so overpowering and seem to go deep into the bones, it is only their pride in themselves, their crew, and their country that keeps them returning to the skies to face another day of that dreaded flak and German fighters." ; Signed by All Authors. N° de réf. du libraire 33557

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Titre : Bloody Skies: a 15th AAF B-17 Crew: How They...

Éditeur : Yucca Tree Press, Las Cruces, NM

Date d'édition : 1993

Reliure : Hardcover

Etat du livre :Very Good

Etat de la jaquette : Very Good

Edition : First Edition

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Much has been written about the U.S. Army Air Corps in World War II, but the contributions of each aircrew member to that effort have been largely neglected. Also, the importance of the unity of the crew has not been sufficiently emphasized.

BLOODY SKIES is the story of a Fifteenth Air Force, Second Bomb Group (H), Twentieth Squadron, B-17 crew that often flew the notorious "Old Flak Holes," and how they learned to respect and trust each other. Training made them cohesive, crisis and tragedy bonded them.

They arrived at Amendola, Italy, on the day their entire squadron, the Twentieth, and others of the Second Bomb Group, had been wiped out by the Luftwaffe. That legacy was their introduction to war.

Through McGuuire and Hadley the reader will watch these enthusiastic, bright-eyed, cocky boys lose that brightness and confidence. when fatigue and weariness became so overpowering and seem to go deep into the bones, it is only their pride in themselves, their crew, and their country that keeps them returning to the skies to face another day of that dreaded flak and German fighters. There appeared to be no way to survive.

In the midst of the horrors of aerial combat, they can still find humor living in the 'Amendola Ritz,' compassion for those innocent victims of every war--the children, marvel in the early morning song of a bird, and enjoy the historical sights of Rome.

These ten men, from the economic, cultural, and geographic spectrum of 1940s America, were representative of the best their country had to offer. They vehemently deny any claim to hero status. The Soldier's Prayer was their credo:

Let me fight well today, O Lord,

Let me do nothing to bring shame or disgrace on my

family, my comrades, my unit, my country.

Let me conduct myself in such a manner that there

is no dishonor.

Let me not be wasted, but if I die, let me die like

a soldier should.

Review:

Laugh and cry with McGuire and his crew mates. 'Lady Luck' was the llth member of this crew until the day she deserted them. Bloody Skies captures the humor, tragedy, and ordinariness of life on a B-17 combat air crew flying out of Italy in the latter days of World War II.

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