An Emotional Gauntlet: From Life in Peacetime America to the War in European Skies

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Stuart J. Wright Tells the Gripping Story of A World War II American Aircrew Flying Missions from England in A B-24 Liberator Bomber They Nicknamed Corky. This is a True Account Based on Years of Research and Correspondence with Crewmembers and Their Families. Wright Adds a Dimension Rarely Explored in Other World War II Memoirs and Narratives, Beginning the Chronicle During Peacetime, When the Men of the Aircrew are Introduced As Civilians-Kids During the 1920S. As They Mature Through the Years of the Great Depression to Face a World at War, Questions are Raised about "Just" and "Unjust" wars, Imperialism, and Patriotism. Jingoistic Sentimentality is Resisted in Favor of Objectivity, as the Feelings and Motivations of the Crewmembers are Explored. The Chinese American Air Gunner Had Hoped to Serve in the U.S. Army Air Force to Fight Against the Japanese Invaders of His Homeland, the Jewish Navigator Felt Compelled to Join the Battle Against Nazi Germany. In Recounting the Harrowing Conditions and Horrors of Bombing Missions Over Europe, an Emotional Gauntlet Emphasizes the Interpersonal Relationships within the Crew and the Spirit These Men Shared. Corky's Crew Served with Operations Officer Major James Stewart (the Hollywood Movie Star). They often Returned from Arduous Bombing Missions to Sleep in Half-Empty Huts-Their Friends in other Planes had Not Been so Lucky. Pilot Jack Nortridge Regularly Assured His Crew, "If You Fly with Me, I'm Going to Bring You Home." This Book is a Testament to Their Strength and Determination.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780299205249
  • Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
  • Publication date: 3/21/2008
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 358
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Stuart J. Wright is a writer and musician based in London. He has flown in the last flying B-24 in the world. This is his first book.

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations xi
Foreword xv
Acknowledgments xvii
Introduction xviii
Part 1 The Meeting of the "Loveable Bastards"
1 Shadows on the Horizon 3
2 Boise, Idaho 22
3 A League of Nations 37
4 Pocatello, Idaho 46
5 Riverside, California 56
Part 2 "If You Fly with Me, I'm Going to Bring You Home"
6 On the Road to the Big League 69
7 Somewhere in England 88
8 In the Air and On the Ground 106
9 At Dawn for Gotha 116
10 Prisoner of War 128
Part 3 Flak/Fighters
11 Hosts in the Sky 151
12 Jimmy Stewart, Leadership, and the Liberty Run 176
13 The Battle of Brunswick 202
14 "Our Prayers That Night Were Shared" 218
15 Paris and London 229
Part 4 Fear/Faith
16 Milk Runs and Maximum Efforts 241
17 Flame Leap 258
18 "Great Crusade" 269
19 Hamburg and Berlin 278
20 Homecoming 290
Epilogue: Twilight's Last Gleaming 297
Appendix Crew Personnel 311
Notes 314
Glossary 318
Bibliography 321
Index 327
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