Between April and July 1944, Truman Smith Flew thirty-five bombing missions over France and Germany. He was only twenty years old. Although barely adults, Smith and his peers worried about cramming a lifetime’s worth of experience into every free night, each knowing he probably would not survive the next bombing mission. Written with blunt honesty, wry humor, and insight, The Wrong Stuff is Smith’s gripping memoir of that time. In a new preface, the author comments with equal honesty and humor on the impact this book has had on his life.
|Publisher:||University of Oklahoma Press|
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About the Author
Truman J. Smith (1924–2011) was a Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Air Force and a member of the Distinguished Flying Cross Society. In 1958 he founded the Air Force Radio-TV network, which reached Europe, North Africa, and the Near East.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Truman Smith fights his battles over the European World War II 'flak' and 'bandit' filled skies. As a 20 year old co-pilot/pilot, Smith completes his combat tour in only eight months. What started out as a 25 flight mission tour, ended up as 35 tours of combat for Smith and his crew. However, some B-17 crew members never make it through one combat mission let alone 35! His experiences during 1944-45 include: enemy fighter pilots 'bandits', the Nazi SS, sub-zero temperatures, anoxia, loss of self control, fatigue, mid-air collisions, mechanical malfunctions, lack of fuel, the Alps, and Rose. Can the war alone turn a farm boy from Oklahoma into a man? Can a woman wearing a Red Cross uniform do it? Read and find out his outcomes. This memoir is full of DETAILS!!!
I have read many accounts of the Mighty Eigth Air Force Heavy Bombers and this is by far the best personal account I have had the pleasure to enjoy in print. If one takes nothing more from this book other than to be 'HAPPY and to have 'FUN'... then the author has been successful! I will forever cherish my first reading of this wonderful personal account as I plan to revisit this prose often throughout my remaining lifetime. My one regret is that my father didn't have the chance to enjoy this book as much as I did. Like the author... he survived the war also... only to be taken from us 40 years later. Lastly... thank's 'Smitty' for caring enough to put to words what so many of the families and survivors didn't know how to ask for. Thank You Very Much!!!
I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Smith and his wife at their home. I thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon and hearing of his tales as a bomber pilot. The book was entertaining and well written. It is well worth the money and time to pick this book up. Mr. Smith has since passed away and we lost a truly great gentleman.