Half a Wing, Three Engines and a Prayer

Half a Wing, Three Engines and a Prayer

by Brian D. O'Neill

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Half a Wing, Three Engines and a Prayer by Brian D. O'Neill

Incorporating a wealth of new material, here is the riveting story of the bombing raids that broke the back of Nazi Germany, praised as "a well-researched, highly readable account of a B-17 combat crew's experience ... excellent." (Roger A. Freeman, author of The Mighty Eighth)

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780071341455
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
Publication date: 04/30/1999
Edition description: REVISED
Pages: 454
Sales rank: 1,284,127
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.15(d)

About the Author

Brian D. O'Neill, is the General Counsel of Curtiss-Wright Corporation, the famous aviation company that manufactured the Curtiss P-40 fighter and the B-17's Wright Cyclone engines during World War II. Before becoming an attorney, he served with the U.S. Navy as a detroyer gunner officer and shipyard repair officer. An avid student of Eighth Air Force history, he resides in East Windsor, New Jersey.

Table of Contents

Special Edition Acknowledgments
Acknowledgments
Foreword
Introduction

Chapter 1: Hullar's Crew

Chapter 2: The ETO

Chapter 3: Moleworth and the 303rd Bomb Group

Chapter 4: Introduction to Combat: Amiens, August 15, 1943 and Le Bourget, August 16, 1943

Chapter 5: "We're Veterans After That One!": Schweinfurt, August 17, 1943

Chapter 6: "This One Was Going to Be a 'Milk Run'": Gilze Rijen, August 19, 1943

Chapter 7: "They Didn't Have a Prayer!": Watten, August 27, 1943

Chapter 8: "By This Time Things Were Really Screwed Up": Amiens, August 31, 1943

Chapter 9: "And I for One Said a Little Prayer": Stuttgart, September 6, 1943

Chapter 10: "A Horrible Fiasco": Nantes, September 16, 1943

Chapter 11: "Don't Let That Happen to You": Emden, October 2, 1943

Chapter 12: "Black Week" Begins: Bremen, October 8, 1943

Chapter 13: "We Were All So Scared": Munster, October 10, 1943

Chapter 14: "Schweinfurt Again!": Black Thursday, October 14, 1943

Chapter 15: Schweinfurt Postmortem: October 15-19, 1943

Chapter 16: "I Could Even See England": Duren, October 20, 1943

Chapter 17: A Week at the "Rest Home": October 22-27, 1943

Chapter 18: "Those Lightnings Were Beautiful That Day": Wilhelmshaven, November 3, 1943

Chapter 19: The Silence Before the Storm: November 4-25, 1943

Chapter 20: The Battle of Bremen Begins: November 26, 1943

Chapter 21: Star Dust: Bremen, November 26, 1943

Chapter 22: Sawicki's Sacrifice: Bremen, November 29, 1943

Chapter 23: The Battle of Bremen Continued: December 1-December 16, 1943

Chapter 24: "Half a Wing, Three Engines, and a Prayer": Bremen, December 20, 1943

Chapter 25: Jersey Bounce Jr.: Bremen, December 20, 1943

Chapter 26: "Rocket Area in France": Vacqueriette, December 24, 1943

Chapter 27: "We Had 10/10 Clouds jUnder Us the Whole Time": Ludwigshafen, December 30, 1943

Chapter 28: Combat Stress: The Tour Takes Its Toll

Chapter 29: Duel With a Smokescreen: Kiel, January 4, 1944

Chapter 30: "The Biggest Ball of Flame I Have Ever Seen": Kiel, January 5, 1944

Chapter 31: Laurels and Disaster: Oschersleben, January 11, 1944

Chapter 32: Aftermaths of Oschersleben, January 11-13, 1944

Chapter 33: Hell's Angels: January 14-20, 1944

Chapter 34: "A 'No Ball' Target in France: Beaulieu, January 21, 1944

Chapter 35: A Mission With Lewis E. Lyle: Frankfurt, January 29, 1944

Chapter 36: Fowler's Fate: Frankfurt, January 29, 1944

Chapter 37: The Last Mission: Bernberg, February 20, 1944

Chapter 38: The Beginnings of Victory: "Big Week" and Beyond

Chapter 39: Epilogue: Old Soldiers Who Don't Fade Away
APPENDIX I
* Honor Role of 303rd Bomb Group (H)
* Personnel Killed, Wounded, or Missing in Action During the Hullar Crew's Tour: August 12, 1943 - February 20, 1944
APPENDIX II
* Suggestions for Further Reading and Research
Index

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This is one of the best books I've read about B-17's. It is impossible to put down.It only took me three days to read it and im only 13 years old.