The Wrong Stuff: The Adventures and Misadventures of an 8th Air Force Aviator

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University of Oklahoma Press, Jan 1, 2002 - History - 358 pages
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Between April and July 1944, Truman Smith Flew thirty-five bombing missions over France and Germany. He was only twenty years old. Although barely adults, Smith and his peers worried about cramming a lifetime’s worth of experience into every free night, each knowing he probably would not survive the next bombing mission. Written with blunt honesty, wry humor, and insight, The Wrong Stuff is Smith’s gripping memoir of that time. In a new preface, the author comments with equal honesty and humor on the impact this book has had on his life.

 

  

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B17's story Pilot and Reflections Another great anti war book Read full review

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A fun read that is an unusual blend of the historic and the colloquial. Smith gives one of the most readable accounts of WWII available. Read full review

Contents

FOREWORDS
1
PREFACE
3
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
6
INTRODUCTION
9
WHO WHERE WHEN
15
THE FLAK
35
THE FIGHTERS
53
THE WEATHER
69
TOP SECRET
207
FLAK FARM
227
NOT YET
247
CH IS BREAKDOWNS
263
A LITTLE MISTAKE
279
SKUNK HOLLOW
299
THE BULGE
315
BACKWORDS
327

THE WORST
83
A BUSY WEEK
99
LONDON TOWN
117
PRE DDAY
135
JAKE
153
BUZZ BOMBS
169
UP DOWN
187
ENCORE
339
DEJA VU
347
SKYWAR
350
POST SCRIPTUM
352
MISSIONS
353
INDEX
355
Copyright

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About the author (2002)

Truman J. Smith (1924-2011) was a Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Air Force and a member of the Distinguished Flying Cross Society. In 1958 he founded the Air Force Radio-TV network, which reached Europe, North Africa, and the Near East.

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