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

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
* 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
* Suggestions for Further Reading and Research

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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.