The Bomber Boys: Heroes Who Flew the B-17s in World War II

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True tales of heroism and the men who fought and died in the skies of World War II Europe.

In World War II, there were many ways to die. But nothing offered more fatal choices than being inside a B-17 bomber above Nazi-occupied Europe. From the hellish storms of enemy flak and relentless strafing of Luftwaffe fighters, to mid-air collisions, mechanical failure, and simple bad luck, it's a wonder any man would volunteer for such dangerous duty. But many did. Some paid the ...

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Overview

True tales of heroism and the men who fought and died in the skies of World War II Europe.

In World War II, there were many ways to die. But nothing offered more fatal choices than being inside a B-17 bomber above Nazi-occupied Europe. From the hellish storms of enemy flak and relentless strafing of Luftwaffe fighters, to mid-air collisions, mechanical failure, and simple bad luck, it's a wonder any man would volunteer for such dangerous duty. But many did. Some paid the ultimate price. And some made it home. But in the end, all would achieve victory.

Here, author Travis L. Ayres has gathered a collection of previously untold personal accounts of combat and camaraderie aboard the B-17 Bombers that flew countless sorties against the enemy, as related by the men who lived and fought in the air-and survived.

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Ayres, a navy veteran, relates the previously unpublished wartime exploits of five men who served in the 8th Air Force, each in separate squadrons and crews. Ayres interviewed these men over a long period of time, presenting their stories freshly and vividly. These men flew many B-17 combat missions; their bravado as well as their fears and apprehensions are palpable here. At least two of these men bailed out over Germany; one escaped alone through enemy territory to Spain, while the other slammed into the Alps when his parachute failed to open. Both survived. Another tells of his participation in the food drops into Holland and the Netherlands. Another essential read for all World War II history buffs; highly recommended.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451228710
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/6/2009
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 639,313
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Travis L. Ayres is a U.S. Navy and Vietnam War veteran.
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    It is a good book, it can make you rethink how brutal or nice the enemy was to the crew it tells first hand acouts like " i went to the store and nobody saw me " that's how the story is i recommend it i also recomend the adventure of the u-202
    I'm 11 years old! ;)

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  • Posted November 1, 2010

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    Definitely worth reading - Great Book

    Bought this book a few months ago for my Nook and just got around to reading it. Once I started I did not want to put it down. Tremendous reading. It was gut-wrenching at a couple of points at what soldiers went through. Would highly recommend this book.

    I live in CT and didn't realize that the author was living in CT when he wrote this and a few of the main focal points were also from CT. Definitely added to the enjoyment of the book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2013

    A great account of personal heroism.

    Truly inspiring.

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  • Posted March 16, 2012

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    Highly Recommended

    Great stories of live and death on a B-17.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 10, 2005

    Bomber Boys

    when I was reading this book, I felt like I was really there, when I finally could put it down (sleep was calling) I was suprised to see I was really in the year 2005. I seldom read non fiction but this was really great. Looking forward to reading his next book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 19, 2005

    Bomber Boys

    This book was incredible. When I was 25 my bigest concern was what to wear when I went out on Saturday Night - not to be in charge of a bunch of men whose life depended on me.This book makes me think of that saying 'The home of the free because of the Brave'. And I think Mr. Ayres has done a fine job in showing us just that. I thank him for sharing these mens lives with us.

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