We Were Crewdogs IV - We Had To Be Tough (B-52)

We Were Crewdogs IV - We Had To Be Tough (B-52)

by Tommy Towery
     
 
Released in June 2008, Volume 4 is a set of 42 stories by 36 former B-52 Crewdogs, that continues the real life, first person stories of what it took to be a BUFF Crewdog. Included are stories of crashes, Chrome Dome flights, Arc Light missions, and Linebacker II memories. It's one of the best collections yet and a must have for anyone who lived this life or wonders

Overview

Released in June 2008, Volume 4 is a set of 42 stories by 36 former B-52 Crewdogs, that continues the real life, first person stories of what it took to be a BUFF Crewdog. Included are stories of crashes, Chrome Dome flights, Arc Light missions, and Linebacker II memories. It's one of the best collections yet and a must have for anyone who lived this life or wonders what it took to live it.


There are currently six (6) volumes of the We Were Crewdogs Series available as eBooks:

We Were Crewdogs I - The B-52 Collection
We Were Crewdogs II - More B-52 Crewdog Tales
We Were Crewdogs III - Peace Was Our Profession
We Were Crewdogs IV - We Had To Be Tough
We Were Crewdogs V - We Flew The Heavies
We Were Crewdogs - The Vietnam Collection

Dedicated To: Col. George Golding USAF, (Ret.)

Foreword - Lt Gen Buck Shuler, Jr.

Military Career

Peace is our Profession – But Why? - Bill Fritz

Peace Through the Generations - Karl Nedela

The Real Veterans on the Crew Force - Marv Howell

Draft Dodger to Crewdog - Art Thompson

Crew of the Quarter - Dyess E-15 - Craig Mizner

The Consequences of One Low-Level Abort - Dale Fink

Those Early Buff Days - Bill Jackson

A Dream Realized - John Cate

The "Flame" - Gary Henley

Cold War

Chrome Dome Missions - 24-Hour Airborne Alert - Roland E. Speckman

Chrome Dome Dis-asster! - Bob Stewart

A Memorable Chrome Dome - Derek H. Detjen

Carswell Quips - Ken Schmidt

Get Off My Airpatch! - Bill Jackson

B-52 Operation Port Bow at Kadena AB, Okinawa - James Bradley

Flight Suit Load - Walt Marzec

First Alert Tour - Buck Shuler, Jr.

The Day the Music Died - John Cate

The Schedule - Doug Cooper

Jaws Bites CCTS - Rich Vande Vorde

Engine Fire on Final - Lothar Deil

It's a Small World After All - Bill Dettmer

She's A Tough Old Bird - Ben Barnard

B-52 Crash Survivor - Gregory Smith

The Last Flight of BUFF 574 - Gary Miller

Four Klaxons in 24 Hours - John Morykwas

Southeast Asia

Reflex Alert on the Rock - 1964 - Nick Maier

Early Arc Light - Peter Seberger

First Sam - Larry Moeller

Don't Shoot Three - It's Two - Glenn Russell

A Night on the Town - Wade Robert

Pucker Time Out of Guam - Bill Ehmig

LB II: Birthday at Angels Three Zero - Charles Haigh

The Rules Were Different at U-Tapao - Marv Howell

The B-52 Wheel Well Door - Kenneth Boone Sampson

A Seiko Watch, a Pair of Brass Candlesticks, and a Divorce - Tommy Towery

Engine Running Spare - Gery Putnam

Lest We Forget

Long Live B-52 Gunners - Dick Gaines

Stratofortress - George Thatcher

The Combat Crews - George Thatcher

The Boneyard - George Thatcher

Semper Fly - George Thatcher

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940012621320
Publisher:
www.wewerecrewdogs.com
Publication date:
01/30/2011
Series:
We Were Crewdogs , #4
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
788,962
File size:
1 MB

Meet the Author

Major, USAF (Ret.) earned a B.S. degree in Journalism in 1968 from Memphis State University where he also earned a commission as a 2nd Lt. through the AFROTC program. Attended Navigator Training and Electronic Warfare Officer Training at Mather AFB, CA. Following B-52 CCTS training in B-52F models at Castle AFB, CA he was assigned to the 20th Bomb Squadron at Carswell AFB, TX flying B-52C and B-52D models. He served as a 7th Bomb Wing Combat Intelligence briefer and a Penetration Aids staff officer while grounded from flying status for kidney stones. He was deployed for six months to Guam as part of “Operation Bullet Shot” and was assigned to 8th Air Force Bomber Operations as an Arc Light mission planner. Three month after returning from his first deployment he was sent on a second six-month TDY to Guam where he worked as an Arc Light planner in the 43rd Bomb Wing Bomber Operations. It was during this assignment that he flew on B-52 combat missions as a staff officer and helped plan Linebacker II missions. Upon return to full flight duty status he was assigned to a B-52D crew at Carswell AFB, TX. Shortly thereafter he deployed to Guam and Thailand with his first crew and later progressed from crew duty to instructor to standboard duty on Crew S-1. In 1976 he and his crew received the Mathis Trophy, awarded to the top bomber unit based on combined results in bombing and navigation in the SAC Bomb-Nav Competition. Following his B-52 assignment he was transferred to the RC-135 program at Offutt AFB, NE and flew operation reconnaissance missions from forward operating bases. In 1983 he was assigned to a four-year tour as an Electronic Warfare Intelligence officer and briefer at RAF Mildenhall, UK. Upon his return to the states he spent his last year of active duty as an Electronic Warfare Intelligence officer with the 55th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing at Offutt AFB, NE. During his career he logged over 1,600 hours in B-52s and over 5,000 hours total flight time. His decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf cluster, the Air Medal with eight oak leaf clusters, the Armed Forces Expeditionary Service Medal, the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal and the South Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm. On December 31, 2008 he retired from his position as a computer specialist at the University of Memphis and lives in Memphis, Tennessee, with his wife Sue who graciously allows him to devote many hours to his writing hobby.

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