NINE YANKS AND A JERK: The incredible saga of one of the most legendary planes in the U.S. 8th Air Force flown by Major James M. Stewart and the aircrews under his command in World War II

NINE YANKS AND A JERK: The incredible saga of one of the most legendary planes in the U.S. 8th Air Force flown by Major James M. Stewart and the aircrews under his command in World War II

by SCOTT E CULVER

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NEWLY UPDATED. WORLD WAR II 70TH ANNIVERSARY COMMEMORATIVE EDITION. Foreward written by Eric Shawn, Fox News Anchor and Senior Correspondent. Newly added photos, graphics, and expanded pages included. 'Can an airplane embody the American spirit of freedom? The lumbering B-24, "Nine Yanks and A Jerk," certainly symbolizes the resilience and optimism of our nation during a dark time. It was shot at and kept flying. It was hit and kept flying. And then on April 12th, 1944, it suffered a final, fatal blow. But the ideals of democracy and freedom that sent it into the air still resonate to this day." from Eric Shawn War...U.S. airmen...a famous motion picture star...an iconic American airplane...aerial combat...flak...a direct hit...critical damage...an emergency landing...shot down...escape and evasion...a famous news correspondent's father... What do these things all have in common? A legendary plane called Nine Yanks and a Jerk. The day before their mission, 13 out of the 25 planes sent out by the 445th Bomb Group did not return from combat to their base at Tibenham, England. That was 130 men, ten men per bomber, who did not return to their home base. They were either wounded, killed, taken prisoner, or had to evade capture. Many of them never returned home from the war. It meant that dozens of men would never live to marry, have families, or see their loved ones again. It was one of the worst losses in U.S. 8th Air Force history by a heavy bomber group up to that point. The chances of survival of a 30-mission tour of duty for a ten-man bomber crew were less than twenty-five percent. This is the story of one of the crews under Jimmy Stewart’s command, the Williams crew, and one of their most dangerous missions when they flew deeper into a heavily-defended Germany than any previous mission. Flying in the lead plane in their formation was none other than Major James “Jimmy” M. Stewart, the famous movie actor-turned-bomber pilot, their squadron commander. This is the detailed account of that mission and the incredible story of one of their squadron’s most uniquely named planes and other brave crews who flew it in WWII. Continues 70 years later with a veteran's son retracing his father's footsteps and flight paths in tribute across Europe and the U.S. as he honors and pays his respects to the airmen, as well as getting the full story from the families involved. "A tale of two adventures, one high over Nazi Germany in WWII and the other moving across continents and countries as a loving son traces his father's footsteps..." U.S. Air Force veteran, Bill, Ohio Contains over 200 photos and illustrations (over 130 in color).Read more at WWW.SONOFAGUNNERB24.COM

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781495184635
Publisher: Scott Culver
Publication date: 11/24/2015
Pages: 180
Sales rank: 584,558
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.38(d)

About the Author

Scott Culver's interest in World War II began with his father's telling of his wartime service and combat experiences to him as early as the age of five. His interest grew over the years as his father, Henry J. Culver, Sr., shared his experiences as a ball turret gunner, waist gunner, and assistant engineer on a B-24 Liberator crew in more detail. Scott developed a love for history, especially World War II history, as a result. Inspired by his father's patriotism and wartime service, Scott followed in his father's footsteps and enlisted in the United States Air Force after graduating from high school. After completing his Air Force Basic Training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas, he served with the Military Airlift Command (MAC) division, where he served in ground support squadrons with the 438th Field Maintenance Squadron and in the 438th Transportation Squadron, both at McGuire Air Force Base in New Jersey. Scott also was able to fly on various missions during his service in the largest aircraft in the world at the time, the C-5 Galaxy transport plane. He also flew in the C-141 Starlifter transport repeatedly. While on active duty, he attended college in his off-duty hours and was able to accumulate college credits. After receiving an Honorable Discharge from his military service, Scott used his veteran's benefits and completed his college studies in the educational field, having earned two B.A. degrees with honors - one in Elementary Education, and another in Psychology. He later acquired a qualification in Middle School Social Studies. He has taught both American and World History courses, and Language Arts, in the elementary and middle school levels. He taught in private and public schools for over 20 years. Scott has spent the last four and a half years traveling the United States and Europe, several times each, retracing his father's WWII footsteps and flight paths. He interviewed his father's fellow crew members' families, as well as their last surviving combat crew member, George Snook. Many other individuals related to this work were interviewed as well. A considerable amount of those efforts are contained in this work. He continues to travel, research, and write for his larger work entitled, Daylight Raiders. The latter volume encompasses his father's entire life, especially his complete WWII training and 30 combat missions over Nazi occupied Europe.

Table of Contents

CONTENTS
WORLD WAR II 70TH ANNIVERSARY COMMEMORATION 1945-2015
THE CASE FOR DAYLIGHT PRECISION BOMBING AND THE CASABLANCA DIRECTIVE
THE MISSION HISTORY
DEDICATION AND INTRODUCTION
AIRCREW POSITIONS ON A B-24 LIBERATOR HEAVY BOMBER
PREFACE
THE BIG PICTURE - OPERATION POINTBLANK
BIG WEEK - OPERATION ARGUMENT
THE AMERICAN BOMBER BASE AND AIRFIELD AT TIBENHAM, ENGLAND
THE WILLIAMS CREW
THE 445TH BOMB GROUP COMMANDERS
THEIR FAMOUS 703RD BOMB SQUADRON COMMANDER
THE TARGET FOR TODAY IS... NURNBERG, GERMANY
445TH BOMB GROUP COMBAT CREWS AND PLANES LOSSES CHARTS
JIMMY STEWART'S MORTAL STORM
PREPARE FOR A LONG DAY OF COMBAT- THE MISSION CONTINUES
445TH BOMB GROUP FORMATION CHART FOR POSITIONS AT GROUP ASSEMBLY
'BOMBS AWAY'
TARGET MAPS
THE UNEXPLODED SHELL'S IMPACT
A SPARKLING, EMERGENCY LANDING
NINE YANKS AND A JERK REVISITED YEARS LATER
MISSION SUMMARY
AN IRONY IN AN INFAMOUS REGION
HITLER'S REICH IN RUINS
QUOTES FROM JIMMY STEWART AND THE WILLIAMS CREW ABOUT THE MISSION
A FEW WORDS ABOUT THE GROUND CREW CHIEF - GRANT MURRAY
NEWS RELEASES ABOUT THE MISSION
THE EFFECTS OF BIG WEEK: BIG "B" - BERLIN - AND BEYOND
NINE YANKS AND A JERK'S ORIGINAL CREW
HOW NINE YANKS AND A JERK GOT ITS NAME
JIMMY STEWART FLEW IN NINE YANKS AND A JERK
DECALS FOR NINE YANKS AND A JERK / JIMMY STEWART'S WWII MILITARY SERVICE
AFTER THE 445TH BOMB GROUP
NINE YANKS AND A JERK'S FINAL MISSION
CLOCK POSITIONS AROUND A HEAVY BOMBER
WHAT HAPPENED ON THE GROUND TO THE LAST CREW THAT FLEW NINE YANKS
AND A JERK? WHAT ABOUT THE REMAINS OF THE PLANE?
THE INCREDIBLE STORY CONTINUES...
NINE YANKS AND A JERK AND AIRCREW MEMORIAL
MY FIRST VISIT TO THE CRASH SITE OF NINE YANKS AND A JERK
MY SECOND VISIT TO THE CRASH SITE IN 2015, AND AN INCREDIBLE DISCOVERY
CLOSURE: IN MEMORY OF STAFF SERGEANT MARTIN CLABAUGH AND THOSE WHO
NEVER RETURNED
APPENDIX
PRINT ORDERING AND AIRCREW MEDALS DESCRIPTIONS
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
BIBLIOGRAPHY
INDEX
ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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