Finding a Fallen Hero: The Death of a Ball Turret Gunner

Finding a Fallen Hero: The Death of a Ball Turret Gunner

by Bob Korkuc
     
 

ISBN-10: 0806138920

ISBN-13: 9780806138923

Pub. Date: 03/28/2008

Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press

An author’s quest to discover what really happened to his uncle in World War II

To all appearances, Anthony “Tony” Korkuc was just another casualty of World War II. A gunner on a B-17 Flying Fortress, Korkuc was lost on a bombing mission over Germany, and his family believed that his body had never been recovered. But when they learned in

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An author’s quest to discover what really happened to his uncle in World War II

To all appearances, Anthony “Tony” Korkuc was just another casualty of World War II. A gunner on a B-17 Flying Fortress, Korkuc was lost on a bombing mission over Germany, and his family believed that his body had never been recovered. But when they learned in 1995 that Tony was actually buried at Arlington National Cemetery, his nephew Bob Korkuc set out on a seven-year quest to learn the true fate of an uncle he never knew.

Finding a Fallen Hero is a compelling story that blends a wartime drama with a primer on specialized research. Author Bob Korkuc initially set out to learn how his Uncle Tony came to rest at Arlington. In the process, he also unraveled the mystery of what occurred over the skies of Germany half a century ago.

Korkuc dug up military documents and private letters and interviewed people in both the United States and Germany. He tracked down surviving crewmembers and even found the brother of the Luftwaffe pilot who downed the B-17. Dozens of photographs help readers envision both Tony Korkuc’s fateful flight and his nephew’s dogged search for the truth.

A gripping chronicle of exhaustive research, Finding a Fallen Hero will strike a chord with any reader who has lost a family member to war. And it will inspire others to satisfy their own unanswered questions.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780806138923
Publisher:
University of Oklahoma Press
Publication date:
03/28/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword   James M. McCaffrey     ix
Preface     xiii
Mourning a Hero     3
The Loss of a Flying Fortress     18
Revelations from Willmandingen     36
Flying Machines and Memories     55
On the Road to Find Out     74
Family Ties     94
With the Men of the 381st     118
The Ball's-Eye View     133
Twelve O'Clock High     147
The Eagle and the Swallow     165
The Earl King's Demand     191
Coming Full Circle     207
The Last Day of the Big Week     213
Notes     235
Bibliography     243
Web Resources     246
Index     249

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