The pilots were known as “suicide jockeys” and the aircraft they flew were called “flak bait.” Towed behind modified bombers or transport aircraft, Allied combat gliders were used in some of the riskiest missions of World War II, landing miles behind enemy lines with specially trained assault forces. In Silent Wings at War, John L. Lowden combines his own recollections with those of fellow veterans to create a vivid, gritty, jocose memoir of war as he and other glider pilots and their passengers knew it. These true tales of courage, as well as command blunders, make a substantial contribution to WWII literature.
|Publisher:||Smithsonian Institution Press|
|Product dimensions:||6.01(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.55(d)|
About the Author
John L. Lowden flew as a second lieutenant in the 1st Allied Airborne Army in Europe during World War II. His awards include the Air Medal with Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster, the Presidential Unit Citation, the Bronze Arrowhead of initial assault troops, and seven unit battle stars. He lives in Wilmington, N.C.
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The politicians and generals had their historians who captured history from the sterile heights of their lofty positions, but the fighting men making the history were seldom visible from those heights. Accordingly, most historical accounts are too sterile and far from complete, especially those accounts of war. WW II Combat Glider Pilots were ignored by the Army Air Force because they were too much like ground soldiers and the Army ignored them because they were too much like aviators. This book gives voice to a few amazing Glider Pilots and their engagements while exposing their essential contributions to our victory. They were, indeed, brave, skilled and heroic men who flew into harms way in cloth covered gliders as pilots and fought their way home as foot soldiers. Although poorly lead and badly utilized at times, their actions saved lives, shortened the war and brought honor to those who those who serve -- especially those who fly and fight. Read it to understand how the invisible makes victory visible.