On September 6, 1943, three hundred and thirtyeight B-17 "Flying Fortresses" of the American Eighth Air Force took off from England, bound for Stuttgart, Germany, to bomb Nazi weapons factories.
Dense clouds obscured the targets, and one commander's critical decision to circle three times through heavy fire would prove disastrous. Forty-five planes went down that day, and hundreds of men were lost or missing.
Sharing the first-person accounts of six of the B-17 airmen, award- winning author Robert J. Mrazek vividly re-creates the fierce air battle-and reveals the astonishing valor of the airmen who survived being shot down, and the tragic fate of those who did not.
|Publisher:||Penguin Publishing Group|
|Product dimensions:||5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.20(d)|
|Age Range:||18 Years|
About the Author
Robert J. Mrazek is a navy veteran and former congressman from the North Shore of Long Island. While in Washington, he authored a number of pieces of landmark legislation. Since his retirement from Congress, Mrazek has served on the boards of several companies and charitable organizations, including ten years as chairman of the Washington-based Alaska Wilderness League.
Table of Contents
The Greek 34
The Golden Eagle 91
Into the Valley 99
The Blind Leading the Blind 106
A Ride in the Whirlwind 113
And the Sky Rained Heroes 124
Est Nulla Via Invia Virtuti 131
Theirs Not to Reason Why 138
To the Last Beat of the Heart 146
Hard Landings 154
The Last One Left 161
Remains of the Day 180
The Day After 194
The Back of the Tiger 205
Hitting the Road 221
Greek Holiday 230
Friends and Enemies 237
Desperate Journey 244
The Telegram 251
On the Run 255
Against All Odds 267
Cloak and Dagger 269
The End of a Tour 277
Additional Photo Captions and Credits 373
What People are Saying About This
"Mrazek's well-told and splendidly researched account of the Stuttgart raid is bolstered by narrator David Drummond's appealing and razor-sharp performance." -Library Journal Starred Audio Review
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Great read, excellent history lesson
If you enjoy reading WWII history you'll love this book.