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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on August 28, 2011
At the time of the Wham Bam incident I was flying combat missions with a fighter-bomber unit. One of my fellow pilots had a forced landing and we learned he was murdered. Years later the perpetrators were caught, tried by a Military Tribunal and executed. Thus I made a very personal connection to the Freeman book and I applaud the results.
As for those who choose to believe that the Allied bombing campaign invited- even justified- the treatment of the Wham Bam airmen, I can only suggest they tend to overlook who we were fighting; an agressor nation that introduced the bombing of populations centers such as Warsaw and Rotterdam.
Let me also add that the Germans were convicted partly through the testimony of citizens of Russelsheim who were appalled at what they had witnessed. And that the affair was reopened in 1985 by citizens of Russelsheim who erected a marker identifying those Americans who were assaulted and murdered; a way of asking forgivness, I believe, for the sins of earlier Germans.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on July 15, 2011
Freeman did an excellent job bringing to life a tragic story from years past into current time. As I read the story, it was as if the tragedy had just occurred. With the current state of US involvement in two wars, the story brings home the great sacrifices that the Armed Forces had to make and reminds us of the continued sacrifices made today on the nation's behalf. Freeman spoke for those who were unable to speak for themselves. He provided insight to the world of war as well as to the world of the home front through the airmen's families, waiting and praying for the return of their loved ones. You don't have to be a war buff to enjoy this book, the message is clear. Remember those we lost who died for the Freedom we as Americans share today.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on July 27, 2011
This is a well researched and accurate account of a tragic event from WWII. While I had heard much of the story from my brother-in-law while he was alive, he left out many of the horrible details of his ordeal. Since I already "knew the story" - I was surprised to find that I could not put the book down until I'd read all of it. I have ordered copies of the book for my adult children. They saw their uncle as a hero in everyday life - and he and his comrades were true heroes in every sense of the word.
Thank you Mr. Freeman!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on July 15, 2011
I could not put this book down once I started reading it.
Through Gregory Freeman's writing of this particular horrific story of World War II, I came closer than ever to the emotions and tradegies of war. I was wrapped up personally in the lives of soldiers and civilians on both sides of the war.
This story describes how humans cope in the face of fear and how they either react with weakness and anger or display courage and compassion. Most importantly, it is a reminder of those who risk their lives for freedom.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on June 8, 2011
I had very much enjoyed Freeman's past books so I picked this one up as soon as it was released.

Freeman has a way of telling a true historical story but making it read like a gripping novel. The Wham Bam Boys featured meticulously created characters and a gripping story--I couldn't put it down once I got it. It is amazing that such an amazing story hadn't been told yet. Two thumbs way up for another great read from Freeman.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on August 26, 2014
This was a sad book. But when you realize what is going on in our world today you feel nothing will change with the inhumanity of human beings. Just look at Iraq ,Sierra, Israel, Palestine and on and on. But until the world brings God back into it's life we are not out of the woods.
Gregory Freeman is a fine author and really can tell a story.
I gave it four stars only because it made me so sad to read.
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on March 29, 2013
This book is extremely well written and talks about one of the last missions of World war 11 and the very first war crimes trial once the war ended. It also fast forwards fifty years as the town that was bombed collectively attempts to atone for their actions against the bomber crew. Fans of second world war history will find this an exciting read.
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on January 12, 2014
This is the detailed account of how a German civilian mob descended upon a helpless POW US bomber crew and the horror of what happened. Freeman is a great writer and has done thorough research on the fate of each man and the German women and men of the frenzied mob who committed a murderous act so brutal that even the average SS man would cringe. The story is well developed and you get to know the crew of the WHAM BAM THANK YOU MAM. You also get to know the facts of what the German civilians of Ruesselsheim experienced in the previous nights RAF bombing to their city. "Bomber" Harris commander of the RAF bomber force sought to break the will of the Germans by indiscriminately fire bombing German cities each night. The will of the Ruesselheim population was not broken but in this horrifying documented episode the social fabric and moral order of a particular population of Germans unraveled and the animal rage that erupted resulted in a war crime almost too terrible to think about. But to honor the victims Freeman recreates with great exactitude the fate of these doomed airmen step by step as it unfolded. His account of the Dachau Trial of the Germans who committed the crime is in itself an important illustration of how we Americans melt out justice to the vanquished and I feel the military court was thorough and just. I highly recommend this to be read and it ought to be a movie.
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VINE VOICEon September 5, 2011
The Last Mission of the Wham Bam Boys: Courage, Tragedy, and Justice in World War II by Gregory Freeman is the story of the nine man crew of a B-24 shot down over Germany on their very first combat mission. After being captured, the men were being transported to a Luftwaffe POW camp when their train journey was interrupted by bomb damage. The crew were forced to disembark from the train and walk through the town of Rüsselsheim, which had been recently bombed. As they marched through the town they were assaulted by local townspeople in retaliation for the recent bombing and all but tow men were killed. After the war, the US Army found out about the attacks and prosecuted the civilians convicting and executing several of them for their roles. It was the first war-crimes trial of WWII and, interestingly the prosecution was conducted by Leon Jarworski, who later in life, was the Watergate Special Prosecutor.

The book was a good workmanlike story. Well written with a good tight narrative it did a good job of retaining interest while laying out the facts in a surprisingly objective way. I enjoyed the book.
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on September 29, 2014
My uncle, William Dumont, was a crew member on this plane who was murdered in Russelsheim in August, 1944. I grew up learning about how he had died and how difficult the experience had been for my mother and her family. So, as the 70th anniversary of his death approached, I was trying to see what items had been published, if any, about this event. I found Mr. Freeman's story telling about the details and, especially, the court-martial to be very interesting and added some details that I did not already know. He relied most heavily on the families of the survivors, but should have checked on some assertions. I asked both my mother and uncle if anyone from the crew had contacted them, and both said none had done so. He also makes some generalized assertions about what was happening with the families while their sons/brothers were declared MIA. It would have been nice had he attempted to contact some surviving family members of the crew, apart from the pilot's daughter and spouse, to add some specificity to their stories as well.
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