The Wild Blue: The Men and Boys Who Flew the B-24s Over Germany 1944-1945 (Google eBook)

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Simon and Schuster, Aug 14, 2001 - History - 304 pages
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Stephen E. Ambrose, acclaimed author of Band of Brothers and Undaunted Courage, carries us along in the crowded and dangerous B-24s as their crews fought to destroy the German war machine during World War II.

The young men who flew the B-24s over Germany in World War II fought against horrific odds, and, in The Wild Blue, Ambrose recounts their extraordinary heroism, skill, daring, and comradeship with vivid detail and affection.

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 boys—turned pilots, bombardiers, navigators, and gunners of the B-24s—who suffered over fifty percent casualties.

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.

As Band of Brothers and Citizen Soldiers portrayed the bravery and ultimate victory of the American soldiers from Normandy on to Germany, The Wild Blue illustrates the enormous contribution that these young men of the Army Air Forces made to the Allied victory.
  

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

User Review  - Jeff - Goodreads

"The Wild Blue, The Men and Boys Who Flew the B-24s Over Germany", Stephen Ambrose. 2001. For many, the introduction to Stephen Ambros was his appearance in the 1974 British documentary "The World At ... Read full review

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

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A curious mixture of a book. Sold as a historical book on the American Air Force during the 2nd world war, but it comes out as a wartime biography of ex-president hopeful George McGovern. The good ... Read full review

Contents

AUTHORS NOTE
17
PROLOGUE
21
CAST OF CHARACTERS
25
CHAPTER ONE Where They Came From
27
CHAPTER TWO Training
49
CHAPTER THREE Learning to Fly the B24
77
CHAPTER FOUR The Fifteenth Air Force
105
CHAPTER FIVE Cerignola Italy
127
CHAPTER EIGHT The Isle of Capri
199
CHAPTER NINE The Tuskegee Airmen Fly Cover
209
CHAPTER TEN Missions over Austria
225
The Last Mission
237
EPILOGUE
253
NOTES
265
BIBLIOGRAPHY
279
INDEX
283

CHAPTER SIX Learning to Fly in Combat
153
CHAPTER SEVEN December 1944
173
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
301
Copyright

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About the author (2001)

Dr. Stephen E. Ambrose was a renowned historian and acclaimed author of more than thirty books. Among his New York Times bestsellers are Nothing Like It in the World, Citizen Soldiers, Band of Brothers, D-Day - June 6, 1944, and Undaunted Courage. Dr. Ambrose was a retired Boyd Professor of History at the University of New Orleans and a contributing editor for the Quarterly Journal of Military History.

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