Simultaneously exhilarating and terrifying, Tom's War: Flying with the U.S. Eighth Army Air Force in Europe, 1944 portrays the training and combat experiences of Thomas D. Hammond. Hammond, a child of the Great Depression, braved the flak-filled skies of Europe in 1944 as copilot of a B-17 Flying Fortress for the U.S. Army.
Hammond represents tens of thousands of young Americans who were proud to risk their lives in the skies over Germany. Although Hammond came home, many did not, including two of his close friends. Hammond's son, author James T. Hammond, brilliantly immortalizes his father's wartime memories in Tom's War.
"Tom's War . is an excellent read. It is [a] comprehensive, well researched, and insightful documentation of the lives of several 8th Air Force flight crews, bringing home the hopes and despair of the airmen as they strive to destroy enemy targets and survive to finish a tour of combat and be the lucky ones to return safely to family and friends."-Eugene Fletcher, a former 95th Bomb Group combat pilot and author of The Lucky Bastard Club
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Journalist James Hammond takes us along on his father¿s true life journey from a simple home in rural South Carolina to the co-pilot seat of an American flying fortress bomber that braved the perilous skies over Nazi Germany in World War II. Based on a remarkable collection of research materials, including original flight logs and interviews with his dad¿s old crew, Hammond¿s vivid chronological tale relates the dangers, comraderie, horrors and heroism experienced by members of the B-17 bomb groups that relentlessly pummeled Hitler¿s intractable war machine. The indifferent brutality of shattering metal flak is balanced by excerpts from a series of tender war-time letters between the young aviator based in England and the woman back home who would later become his wife. This is not just a piece of history, but a piece of our nation¿s heart.