“Unsung Eagles offers a rare cockpit perspective of World War II in the air. Jay Stout’s anthology features an extraordinary variety of accounts from airmenmany now deceasedthat will become more valuable as the generation that fought the greatest air campaigns of all time continues to depart the pattern.”Barrett Tillman, author of Whirlwind: The Air War Against Japan, 1942–1945
The nearly half-million American airmen who served during World War II have almost disappeared. And so have their stories. In Unsung Eagles, award-winning writer and former fighter pilot Jay Stout has saved an exciting collection of those accounts from oblivion. These are not rehashed tales from the hoary icons of the war. Rather, they are stories from the masses of largely unrecognized men who―in the aggregate―actually won it.
These are “everyman” accounts that are important but fast disappearing. Ray Crandall describes how he was nearly knocked into the Pacific by a heavy cruiser’s main battery during the Second Battle of the Philippine Sea. Jesse Barker―a displaced dive-bomber pilot―tells of dodging naval bombardments in the stinking mud of Guadalcanal. Bob Popeney relates how his friend and fellow A-20 pilot was blown out of formation by German antiaircraft fire: “I could see the inside of the airplane―and I could see Nordstrom's eyes. He looked confused…and then immediately he flipped up and went tumbling down.”
The combat careers of 22 different pilots from all the services are captured in this crisply written book which captivates the reader not only as an engaging oral history, but also puts personal context into the great air battles of World War II.
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About the Author
Table of ContentsPreface
1 Americans Under Other Flags: John A. Campbell
2 tigers in the Fray: Ken Jernstedt
3 Dive Bombers at Guadalcanal: Jesse Barker
4 Army Fighters Over Guadalcanal: Julius Jacobson
5 North Africa and the Pacific: Hamilton McWhorter
6 The Early Fight: John “Jack” Walker
7 Heroes at Home: Mort Blumenfeld
8 Civilians in Uniform: Rudolph W. Matz
9 Americans Over China: Walt Kaestner
10 Crushing the Reich: Howard “Jack” Dentz
11 Photo Reconnaissance: Willard Caddell
12 Attack and medium Bombers Over Northern Europe: Harry “Bob” Popeney
13 Low Level Fury: Roman Ohnemus
14 Second Battle of the Philippine Sea: Ray Crandall and Richard Deitchman
15 Downed in Yugoslavia: Howard O. Wilson
16 Breakout Across Europe: Robert Macdonald
17 Night Armed Reconnaissance: Alvin E.“Bud” Anderson
18 The Sharecropper’s Son Bombs Hitler: George M. Kesselring
19 Cold and Deadly Sea: Donald Whitright
20 Escorts Over Europe: Herman Schonenberg
21 A Can of Peaches: Emilius Roger Ciampa
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
It's nice to get a solid departure from the "hero" formula and showcase the backbone of US air power. It is also great that a repeated theme from all these in connected men is how they overcame their fears to get the mission done or to not let down their group. The author's decision to jump from the different locales and roles the men had, underscores the scale of the conflict and the amazing growth of the Air Corp to meet these challenges. Highly recommended reading.
A compilation of the Airmen, mostly kids, who did heroic things in WW II that to them, at that time, was , what you did. Fascinating read.
If you like real human interest stories this is the book for you. It is not about the battles but about the pilots individual experiences while flying for their country. These short stories brought to light some details that are missing from the general battle stories which are designed to tell the overview of historical battles. I always read reviews before I purchase a book and I highly recommend this book.
This was interesting and informative from the soldiers stand and visions.
I agree with the previous review. This was a great idea to hear of the exploits and adventures of veteran pilots who are not the celebrated Black Sheep Or Zemkes Wolf Pack. These pilots were the ordinary guys you knew as a neighbor, fellow churchgoer or your friends granddad. I recommend this to you WW2 aviation buffs. I think you'll be pleasantly surprised.
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