Gordon Bennett Robertson, Jr., flew B-29s in World War II and is president of the 29th Bomb Group Association. He lives in California.
Bringing the Thunderby Gordon Bennett Robertson Jr.
The B-29 bomber was made to soar in thin, cold air, dropping its massive bomb load from heights so great that the crews might
The B-29 bomber was made to soar in thin, cold air, dropping its massive bomb load from heights so great that the crews might never see their targets through the clouds below. That was just fine with Ben Robertson, pilot in command of one of the big four engine bombers hammering Japan to its knees in a nonstop bombing campaign in the Pacific. When General LeMay ordered the B-29s to switch tactics from daylight, high-altitude bombing runs to nighttime, low-level runs, Ben's attitude changed. What was once seen as simply dangerous--bombing Japan--now seemed a whole lot more like suicide.
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I recently completed reading Bringing the Thunder and was interested and engaged by the story throughout. The book is autobiographical within a particular period of the author's life. His writing style is good without alot of extraneous wordage and is therefore fairly easy to read. Additionally, the book follows a timeline and is broken into chapters and within the chapters,one to five page vignettes of his WWII bomber pilot experiences. The book is quite personal and within the authors experience niche is very informative. If you are interested in this area of history, I can positively recommend the book.
The author gives the reader an insight into the heart and soul of the men that flew the B-29 Superfortress over the Empire of Japan. The reader feels the emotion the author feels when he sees his comrades in arms machine gunned as the hang helpless in their parachutes. This is a book that you will not soon forget.