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Missions Remembered: Recollections of the World War II Air War Hardcover – March 1, 1998

ISBN-13: 978-0070016491 ISBN-10: 0070016496 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 220 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional; 1 edition (March 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0070016496
  • ISBN-13: 978-0070016491
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.2 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,929,741 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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All combat pilots reserve one story for fellow flyers and close friends. "We prepared to attack--gun switches on, revolutions per minute high, fuel rich, sun goggles down, and hand on trigger. We got in position for a high-side run on the three nearest bombers. I rocked my wings and peeled off to make a run, and each of the other three Wildcats followed one by one."--Bill Burch over Guadalcanal. "The Zero began to flatten out. I fell in behind with all guns firing. The Zero began smoking and what appeared to be a piece of cowling headed directly toward me so I pulled up sharply to the left to avoid hitting the object, and when I dropped my right wing to look down, no Zero was visible, only pieces."--Frank Davis over Tinian. "I felt a terrific jolt and saw a big flash of fire. I was only 15 or 20 feet off the ground and I didn't know exactly what had happened, but I had to hold the stick clear over to the right to keep the plane from rolling violently to the left. I checked my left wing and there was a gaping hole in it just about where the insignia was supposed to be."--Herman Freeman over Anzio. "I jettisoned the canopy, disconnected oxygen and radio connection, as I recalled the procedures for bail out. One was to slow the airplane and dive out toward the trailing edge of the left wing. I stood up, but there was fire and molten aluminum coming back from the engine. I sat down, reconsidered my bail out procedure, rolled the airplane over, and dropped out."--Tom Ridley over Czechoslovakia. Here are 85 electrifying tales told by 33 men of The Middle Tennessee WWII Pilots Association.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 30, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This book is a collection of stories written by fighter pilots, in all theaters of operation, during WWII. There is the mission that resulted in the death of young Joe Kennedy. The ceremonial fly over above the Battleship Missouri as General Douglas MacArthur accepted the Japanese surrender. There are stories of ditching at sea, dogfights over Germany and stories of escape and evasion. This is a timeless book that will always merit the attention of those who have an interest in the Air War of WWII.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By William B Baker on July 5, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This book is a must read for anybody who flys. It is a series of short two or three page stories by flyers before the age of jets. It is the kind of book a busy person can read to fill in those times when you are waiting to do something else since most stories are complete in just a few pages. These a combat stories telling what damage fighter planes can do and what dangers the pilots endure.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By cudaviper on November 27, 2009
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A great book with many short stories about the missions our countries air warriors fought. Good details put you in the story from a first person view. We must never forget the men from that time that put their lives on the line every day so we may enjoy the freedoms we have today. Visit an air show, talk with any of them where ever you can find them, take photos or videos, help keep their memories alive for future generations.
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By Irene Joy Sorenson on April 21, 2014
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I bought this book for my husband who was a bomber pilot during WW11. He is really enjoying the book and knows one of the pilots It also talks about some of the places where he did bombing. Good war stories. He loves it.
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