- Paperback: 544 pages
- Publisher: Quail Ridge Press (May 19, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1934193313
- ISBN-13: 978-1934193310
- Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6 x 1.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,138,316 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Not Home for Christmas: A Day in the Life of the Mighty Eighth
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The skies around Misburg were filled with German fighters and flak. Despite having fighter escorts, many bombers found themselves being shot from the sky. Many of the crews were killed or captured; some were murdered by furious civilians. Relying on first-person interviews from survivors as well as testimonies from relatives and other crew members, Meurs paints a picture of what it was like for the crews of the 8th Air Force on this bloody day.
I found "Not Home For Christmas" to be an informative book, but it did have some drawbacks. There are many spelling and grammatical errors throughout which makes it difficult to follow. Further, there is very little input from the author. Instead, he relies solely on the first-person accounts while adding very little of his own thoughts. On the other hand, the first-person accounts are very eye-opening, and I learned a great deal from them. For example, Americans who were captured by the German military were usually treated fairly well, unlike prisoners of the Japanese, who were constantly tortured, starved, and many times, killed. Once the American POWs neared liberation, many Germans threw down their arms and surrendered to the former POWs.Read more ›
He was taken prisoner on Nov. 26th. This is significant to me as I was born on Nov. 25th 1952. I now wonder if he thought about that day every year around my birthday and what were those memories.
This book is very interesting as it was written as an accounting of that time through the eyes of the men that were there and also from the perspective of their families as the story was told to them.
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This was the story of a raid that my father took part in during WW II. It seems to be well researched and gave me a far better idea of what was actually going on.Published on November 30, 2013 by Amazon Customer