Marauder: Memoir of a B-26 Pilot in Europe in World War II

Marauder: Memoir of a B-26 Pilot in Europe in World War II

by Louis S. Rehr, Carleton R. Rehr
     
 

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Under the leadership of a dedicated pilot, the B-26 Marauder was a formidable weapon in the campaign to defeat Hitler's armies, and, in the words of his first copilot, "Lou was the best there was. He created a spirit among the crew that made us really want to fly the mission and be disappointed if we had to abort." This memoir begins with Captain Rehr's arrival in pre…  See more details below

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Under the leadership of a dedicated pilot, the B-26 Marauder was a formidable weapon in the campaign to defeat Hitler's armies, and, in the words of his first copilot, "Lou was the best there was. He created a spirit among the crew that made us really want to fly the mission and be disappointed if we had to abort." This memoir begins with Captain Rehr's arrival in pre-invasion England in May 1944 and ends with the completion of Major Rehr's aircraft disarmament duties in postwar Germany in July 1945. Rehr, a squadron commander with the 323rd Bombardment Group, earned 12 air medals, five battle stars, two Distinguished Flying Crosses, and the Croix de Guerre with Silver Star. He describes his experiences, including five night-bombing missions he volunteered to fly in 1944 and accounts of attacks by Me-262 jets in late April of 1945. The narrative also recollects two summers in 1936 and 1938, when, as a teenager touring Germany, he observed the influence of Nazism.

This memoir is the result of forty years of research on the combat history of the B-26, contributions from comrades, an extensive collection of rare photographs, artifacts including newspaper articles and letters, and all military records and documents relating to Rehr's part in World War II. One appendix describes where readers can find images and restorations of the B-26. A second gives brief follow-ups on the men described in the narrative, often with their remembrances of the events outlined.

About the Author
Louis S. Rehr served with the Air Force reserves until 1958, when he was discharged with the rank of lieutenant colonel. He now lives with his wife Carleton in Makaha, Hawaii.

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Editorial Reviews

Dave 'Prophet' Williams
Rehr has a smooth writing style and manages to describe the interior of a Parisian brothel with the same candor as he does dodging Axis flak at 13,000 ft. Rehr does an excellent job of describing the devastating capabilities of Germany's Me262 jet...excellent photographs...each image has been carefully chosen to punctuate the commentary leaving nothing to the imagination...a fast-paced read with excellent insights to the leadership personality and the performance of a thoroughbred medium bomber. Look for some great commentary on the Ardennes Offensive, D Day's aftermath, and Adolf Galland's JV 44
The WWII Aviation Booklist
The WWII Aviation Booklist - Dave 'Prophet' Williams
Rehr has a smooth writing style and manages to describe the interior of a Parisian brothel with the same candor as he does dodging Axis flak at 13,000 ft. Rehr does an excellent job of describing the devastating capabilities of Germany's Me262 jet...excellent photographs...each image has been carefully chosen to punctuate the commentary leaving nothing to the imagination...a fast-paced read with excellent insights to the leadership personality and the performance of a thoroughbred medium bomber. Look for some great commentary on the Ardennes Offensive, D Day's aftermath, and Adolf Galland's JV 44
Air Power History
well written...recommend[ed]
Stone & Stone Second World War Books
solid...Rehr's book certainly resonates with more restraint, responsibility, and vision than most pilot memoirs...the author, assisted by his wife, has turned in work as meritorious as his service in the skies over Europe in 1944-45

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786473021
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
08/31/2012
Pages:
230
Product dimensions:
6.90(w) x 10.00(h) x 2.00(d)

Meet the Author

The late Louis S. Rehr served with the Air Force reserves until 1958, when he was discharged with the rank of lieutenant colonel. He is buried at Arlington National Cemetery. Carleton R. Rehr lives in South Harwich, Massachusetts.

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