388th Anthology: Tales of the 388th Bombardment Group (H) 1942-45

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iUniverse, 2001 - History - 348 pages
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The 388th Bombardment Group (H) arrived at Station 136, Knettishall, England, in mid-1943 and sent B-17s against Nazi Germany for two years, until its mission was accomplished. The Group stood down in June, 1945. This is the compelling story of the men of the 388th, the combat crews and the ground support, told in their own words. Here, in this first of two volumes, are their true, detailed and enthralling accounts of air combat and base life, of terror in the skies and mischief on the ground—tales of Knettishall, “The Country Club of the Eighth Air Force,” of leaves in London and forced POW marches, of wartime romances, the horror of combat, personal tragedies and heroic escapes. Tales of fear and pride, loneliness and resolve; tales of life and death. Through personal reminiscences, mission diaries, photographs, daily bulletins, base newsletters, newspaper articles and radio interviews, the 388th Anthology tells the full and exciting story of what it was like to be there as history was made and the world was saved.
 

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Contents

AN HISTORIC PERSPECTIVE
1
AND SO IT WAS
7
STEPPING UP TO THE PLATE
44
I DIDNT HAVE TO GO
52
BACK
67
THE REPLACEMENTS
80
MIDNIGHT REQUISITION
97
AND THEN THERE WAS THE TIME
102
ANY GUM CHUM?
163
THEY WILL NOT CATCH ME
178
FIRST CREW
208
BRINGING LITTLE WILLIE HOME
216
A VIEW FROM THE TOWER
222
THE YEAR I CANT FORGET
224
JUST THREE CAME BACK
264
MARCH 1944
271

FEBRUARY 1944
121
THE INCREDIBLE JOURNEY BACK
129
COL DAVIDS STORY
133
THE MILK RUN
135
THE MISSION DIARY OF AUBREY R STANTON
138
A SOFT LANDING
152
FORECAST CAVUCEILING AND VISIBILITY UNLIMITED
155
GLANCYS BAG
277
MISSION DIARY OF WILLIAM J BRUNK
280
BACK FOR A SECOND TOUR
290
FROM BIG B TO VE DAY
293
THE BOYS WITH THE CLIPPED WINGS
310
A PRISONER OF WAR
315
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