The Wild Blue Yonder and Beyond: The 95th Bomb Group in War and Peace

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The 95th Bomb Group (Heavy), the most highly decorated bomb group of World War II, participated in every major mission of the war in Europe from May 1943 through the war’s end and was awarded an unprecedented three Presidential Unit Citations. Flying the celebrated B-17 Flying Fortress, the 95th was the first U.S. bomb group to bomb Berlin—a feat that put it on the centerfold of Life magazine—and the last group to lose a plane over Europe in World War II. Over six hundred men in the 95th never came home. The ...
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Overview


The 95th Bomb Group (Heavy), the most highly decorated bomb group of World War II, participated in every major mission of the war in Europe from May 1943 through the war’s end and was awarded an unprecedented three Presidential Unit Citations. Flying the celebrated B-17 Flying Fortress, the 95th was the first U.S. bomb group to bomb Berlin—a feat that put it on the centerfold of Life magazine—and the last group to lose a plane over Europe in World War II. Over six hundred men in the 95th never came home. The Wild Blue Yonder and Beyond is the first book to cover a World War II bomb group from its inception through the present day. Utilizing interviews with nearly a hundred air war veterans, dozens of unpublished crew memoirs, all the bomb group’s official mission reports from the National Archives, and nearly a hundred other sources, author Rob Morris (assisted by air war historian Ian Hawkins) provides a deep tactical and human understanding of the group. Also included are the stories of the veterans’ wives and families, who fought a different kind of war at home, and the residents of Horham, whose tiny English village was suddenly on the war’s front lines. Intensely human, exhaustively researched, and lovingly told, this book is certain to be a classic in the field and a resource for anyone interested in the workings of a World War II bomb group.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781597977128
  • Publisher: Potomac Books
  • Publication date: 7/28/2012
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 1,060,051
  • Product dimensions: 9.22 (w) x 6.14 (h) x 1.33 (d)

Meet the Author

Rob Morris is a high school history and English teacher with a lifelong interest in the World War II air war. He is the author of seven books, including Untold Valor: Forgotten Stories of American Bomber Crews over Europe in World War II (2006). He lives near Idaho Falls, Idaho.

Ian Hawkins first became interested in the history of the Eighth Air Force as a young boy growing up in England surrounded by the airfields from which the aircrews flew. He is the author of three books (including B-17s over Berlin: Personal Stories from the 95th Bomb Group (H) (1990). He lives in Bacton, Suffolk.

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Table of Contents

Preface ix

Acknowledgments xiii

1 The Creation of an Air Force 1

2 Across Oceans and Continents 19

3 Alconbury and Early Missions 31

4 Mission Day 39

5 Then Came Kiel 57

6 The British 69

7 Cold Sky 85

8 DNIF: Duties Not Involving Flying 91

9 From Kiel to the Eve of Regensburg 103

10 Replacement Crews 109

11 Wives and Mothers 117

12 Sudden Death 129

13 Entertainment and London 135

14 Regensburg Shuttle Mission 149

15 Black Week 159

16 POWs, Part I 177

17 Internment in Switzerland and Sweden 191

18 Escape and Evasion 199

19 MIA 211

20 Pathfinders and Aphrodites 221

21 Big Week 231

22 "Big B" 239

23 D-Day 253

24 The Russia Shuttle Missions 259

25 Final Combat Missions 269

26 POWs, Part II 285

27 Manna/Chowhound Missions 293

28 Coming Home 305

29 The Legacy Lives On 311

Glossary 321

Notes 329

Selected Bibliography 347

Index 359

About the Authors 367

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