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Bringing the Thunder: The Missions of a World War II B-29 Pilot in the Pacific (Stackpole Military History Series) Paperback – November 10, 2006


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  • Series: Stackpole Military History Series
  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Stackpole Books (November 10, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811733335
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811733335
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.9 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (113 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #921,663 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Gordon Bennett Robertson, Jr., flew B-29s in World War II and is president of the 29th Bomb Group Association. He lives in California.

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Story was well written.
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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Randolph P. Snyder on December 28, 2006
Format: Paperback
I purchased a copy of this book when it first appeared on the booklists. Being a pilot and an aircraft historian, I completed the book in one long night. To say that Col. Robertson is a terrific writer is an understatement. This book is extremely well writen and holds your attention throughout. I have read many books on WWII and the air engagements within that conflict. I can say without equivication that this is the finest book of that genre. Do not miss this outstanding story!
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful By David R. Braden on December 1, 2006
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This is unquestionably one of the very best books written about the aerial battle over the Japanese homeland that eventually defeated the Japanese Empire and brought about the end of World War II. Airplane Commander Gordon Benett Robertson, Jr. eloquently describes his training and the missions of the B-29 Superfortresses of the 20th Air Force. The story of this magnificent aircraft and its crews is must read for all historians.

David Braden, Past President

20th Air Force Association
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Bernardo Wu on April 27, 2008
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The author, former B29 pilot in WWII, tells us about his 35 missions with the 29th Bomber Group, 314th Bomb Wing, 21st Bomber Command, 20th US Army Air Force, from March thru August 1945. Besides his own career as a military instructor and pilot, Robertson presents several curiosities about the day-by-day life, inicially in several training bases in ConUs and later, in a huge air base on the island of Guam. Included is an epilogue, where are related the post-war fate of several of his crew members and other people related to his combat tour in the Pacific Theater of Operations.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey T. Munson on January 19, 2010
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With the capture of the Marianas Islands (Saipan, Tinian, and Guam), the United States possessed bases for their new B-29 Superfortress bombers. These planes could now hit targets deep within Japan. Flying at speeds well in excess of 300 mph and packing a formidable armament of remote-controlled machine guns, these planes could defend themselves extremely well in battles with Japanese fighters. Plus, they could haul bomb loads approaching 20,000 pounds to targets in Japan.

In this fine book, author Gorden Robertson Jr. gives a first-hand account of what it was like to pilot one of these massive bombers deep into Japan. Flying 35 missions during his tour of duty, Robertson and his crew faced flak, fighters, and the constant fear of mechanical failure. Many of Robertson's missions were flown at low altitude, which made their plane even more vulnerable. Despite these constant threats, Robertson and his crew managed to survive the required 35 missions. Some writers believe that the European theater was more difficult for bomber pilots to fly in, but the Japanese also inflicted heavy damage on the B-29s.

I am a big fan of first-person accounts of events in World War II, and author Robertson does a fine job of describing what it was actually like to pilot a B-29. He details each of his crew's 35 missions and describes his encounters with fighters, searchlights, and flak. He also tells the reader what it was like to land a crippled plane on Iwo Jima. The story reads like a novel, and I learned a great deal that I didn't know before about the B-29 offensive.

I give this fine book my highest recommendation. Fans of World War II aviation will surely enjoy reading about Robertson's missions.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By . Thibodeaux on March 11, 2012
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I thank the author for sharing all of this with us. Now I understand so much more about that part of the war. I never realized the extent of the fire bombing raids over Japan or the danger involved. My salute goes out to all of those involved.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By House of Chaos on November 21, 2012
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This book is good. Starts out with the details of a mission then jumps back to his pre war days getting bit by the flying bug, training, more training then goes into his actual deployment mission by mission becoming slightly redundant a times but still interesting. He gives you breathers at times by interjecting stories about Air Corp life, living conditions etc. I'm not prude but I found the chapter dealing with his rejoining his wife a little too detailed and almost novel like in nature. The other fallback of this book was the little attention to the other members of the flight and ground crews also really lacking in details of the B-29 itself except for the engines.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Dick Stanley on November 27, 2009
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Pilot Gordon Bennett Robertson Jr.'s first fire-bomb run over Tokyo in March, 1945 took him through boiling thermals produced by the burning city 5,000 feet below. They bounced his B-29 up and down and then flipped the sixty-ton bomber onto its back. He was able to recover only through a Split-S maneuver he'd practiced flying fighters in training.

And so it goes through thirty-five missions over the Japanese Empire in Robertson's always tense, sometimes thrilling memoir which kept me up late finishing it over several nights. I've long had a special interest in the B-29, but never before felt that I was on the flight deck with the pilots in their helmets and flak suits threading their way through blinding search-light beams and the hail of shrapnel from the anti-aircraft bursts.

Robertson, president of the 29th Bomb Group's reunion association, helped put it to rest last year after twenty-two years because the surviving membership is getting too old to cope with it any more. Their memorabilia is on display where most of them first met the big bomber, in the Bombers On The Prairie Museum at their old training field in Pratt, Kansas. But this book surely will live on, a testament to the young men who flew the big silver birds that finally helped bring Imperial Japan to its knees.
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