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

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


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ISBN-13: 9780806138923
Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press
Publication date: 03/28/2008
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Bob Korkuc is an electrical engineer who lives in Amherst, New Hampshire.

James M. McCaffrey is retired as Professor of History at the University of Houston–Downtown and is author of several books, including Inside the Spanish-American War: A History Based on First-Person Accounts.

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

What People are Saying About This

Robert Korkuc has written a book that succeeds magnificently on two levels: as a relentless search for a loved one in World War II and as an intimate portrait of a bomber crew. The book grabs the reader from page one and never lets go.--Donald L. Miller, author of Masters of the Air: America's Bomber Boys Who Fought the Air War against Nazi Germany

A riveting story of what must have been one of the most dangerous and vulnerable jobs in all of war. --Ken Burns

A moving, well-researched personal journey into the world that the author's uncle, a B-17 ball turret gunner, experienced in World War II. Anyone who wishes to understand the deep psychic effect that a soldier's death can have on so many people, during and after the war, should read this excellent book. --John C. McManus, author of Deadly Sky: The American Combat Airman in World War II

Korkuc illuminates the wide, interlocking circles of grief that every act of combat creates and the enduring wounds carried by those who fight our wars and those who love the fighters. --Gregory J. W. Urwin, author of Facing Fearful Odds: the Siege of Wake Island

Mr. Korkuc takes us on a seven-year quest to learn the fate of his uncle, one of the thousands of American airmen lost in the air war over Europe in World War II. Moving from one clue to another, Korkuc ultimately gains final resolution on how his uncle perished and achieves closure on a family tragedy. --W. Raymond Wood, author of Or Go Down in Flame: The Death of a Navigator over Schweinfurt

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