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Lightning Strikes: The Story of a B-17 Bomber (Fortunes of War) Paperback – June 25, 2005


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  • Series: Fortunes of War
  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Cerberus Publishing Ltd.; 1st edition (June 25, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841450340
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841450346
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 0.4 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,068,517 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Michael OConnor TOP 500 REVIEWER on October 7, 2008
Format: Paperback
"Lightning Strikes" was a Boeing B-17F, s/n 42-3073, assigned to the 410th BS, 91st BG, 8th AF. Flown by various crews, she logged 26 missions beginning with a 15 September 1943 strike on Romilly-sur-Seine before being lost on the 21 February 1944 mission to Gutersloh. British author Andy Hartles traces the life and times of this Flying Fort and her assorted crews in this fascinating volume published by Cerberus Publishing in 2003.

Intrigued by a wartime photo of "Lightning Strikes" taken near his home, Hartles decided to recreate the journey that brought the Douglas-built aircraft to Bassingbourn and ended in the skies over Germany. Using a wealth of documentation, first-person reminiscences and evocative photos, he did just that.

What makes LIGHTNING STRIKES such a unique book is that, while we've all read about 8th AF crews flying/sharing a particular aircraft, here, for the first time, is a volume that matches crew to craft. The multi-crew narrative that results makes for a fascinating tale.

LIGHTNING STRIKES also brings home the cost of the 8th AF's air war more strikingly than any other Mighty Eighth book I've read. Including the crew that ferried '073 to England, 15 different crews - 161 airmen - were assigned to "Lightning Strikes." Of that total, 20 were KIA, 12 MIA and 41 POW! Just over half completed their tour.

LIGHTNING STRIKES packs a wallop of a story in just 176 pages. It provides a fresh, unique and sobering perspective on the Mighty Eighth, a subject that's almost been done to death. Pick up a copy; you won't regret it! Highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By TempestS on April 28, 2013
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Not a very long book, but for any one interested in the subject, its far more fascinating than the title would suggest. You find out about various crews and men through the perspective of one aircraft, and this B17s story is a microcosm of the Daylight B17 experience. Though in essence a log of the aircraft, its written in a easy style that keeps you engaged.
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