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Dumb but Lucky!: Confessions of a P-51 Fighter Pilot in World War II

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

More than just flying

This book was easy to read and was captivating. He focused on more than just his flying, which he continually scrutinized. Lucky? Yes. Dumb? No. His high flying antics excited us, while his vivid descriptions of downtime humored us. I can recall at least a dozen times w...
This book was easy to read and was captivating. He focused on more than just his flying, which he continually scrutinized. Lucky? Yes. Dumb? No. His high flying antics excited us, while his vivid descriptions of downtime humored us. I can recall at least a dozen times where I laughed out loud. Great book, highly recommended.

posted by Azpiazu609 on March 31, 2009

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3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

Little Excitement

Overall, Mr. Curtis did complete 50+ missions in flying p-51s out of Italy. Unfortunately, (or fortunately for him) he saw very little action. I read the entire book but it appears the only action he had was taking part in strafing a train and taking a hail-mary shot at...
Overall, Mr. Curtis did complete 50+ missions in flying p-51s out of Italy. Unfortunately, (or fortunately for him) he saw very little action. I read the entire book but it appears the only action he had was taking part in strafing a train and taking a hail-mary shot at a ME 262 (all indications are he did not hit it and the 262 did not engage him). I am not going to re-read the book but I don't think he even a single confirmed air-air kill. Most of his missions were "butt-burners" and "bladder-busters", as he put it. The other pilots in his unit thought he was "prudish" (he went on to be become a priest of some sort). So we don't get hear about wild parties and dames. The best parts of the book were his exploits during pilot training and his consideration of how lucky he was, compared to other pilots in his unit. In addition, his experiences were probably similar to thousands of others who flew the p-51 and other fighters. Overall, if you are looking for a high-flying wwII action book, this isn't the book for you.

posted by HiFly on January 2, 2011

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  • Posted March 31, 2012

    Definitely different

    This book tells a bit different storybut one that tells what average citizen soldoer does .. make mistakes and how to come to grip with it. More personable than a lot books I've read.+

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 5, 2005

    P 51 Lucky

    This was a very good book to read on vacation . It's an easy read. It was very insiteful as to the everyday life of a fighter pilot in 1944 .

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2008

    A reviewer

    I found this book to be very readable, but lacking in detail about the actual flying. While the book does cover the subject, I found the content of the authors life while in Italy to be of greater depth.

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