- Hardcover: 256 pages
- Publisher: Crowood (May 15, 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1840371358
- ISBN-13: 978-1840371352
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,074,429 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Day We Bombed Switzerland: Flying with the US Eighth Army Air Force in World War II Hardcover – May 15, 2000
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I'd recommend this book for history buffs, airplane fans, even people interested in knowing more about Jimmy Stewart. I think almost anyone would find something interesting in this very readable account. Bravo!
As the author points out in his closing paragraphs, first hand accounts of these historically momentous events are harder and harder to come by, and they provide a unique clarity of the historical facts which is hard to find in secondary source works. I recommend this highly to historians of the period and to those with an interest in WW2 aviation.
Several times during "the" war American heavy bombers strayed into Swiss air space and dropped their loads on that neutral nation, so says author Jackson Granholm, in his book, "The Day We Bombed Switzerland." Five hundred pound explosives made the chocolates bounce but added little to the war effort. Evidently this happened several times and a chastened Uncle Sam always opened his wallet and paid the bill. In the final days of the war an unfortunate B-24 crew dropped a stick on a small town just adjacent to the German border and the locals threw a snit. It was not a yodeling affront.
A trial was called for and a trial it was. The Americans and British rolled out the big talent and a few of the crew members were roasted slowly on the spit of justice. The court room was packed.
This book is extremely readable. I rolled it around in my mind for several days and nights regretting the time when it would be finished and put on my bookshelf. The history of the crew was examined in appropriate detail along with the author, Jackson Granholm, whose expert rating in navigation and first rate education netted him the job as "defense." This book is from his notes of the trial and the investigation of the crew, the weather, the officialdom in charge and the enemy. It was a scholarly and lively pursuit.
The very lives of a competent and brave crew were at stake as was some of the reputation of The United States Army Air Corps and the U. S. as well.
Enough tension and color? Not yet. The Commanding Judge in the trial was none other that Jimmy Stewart, famed American actor and Squadron Commander.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
That was the way it was! A great story by a super Group Bombardier.Published 4 months ago by Charles H Booth Jr.
Compelling story -- well-written. It educated me about a little known WWII drama.Published 10 months ago by robert t gerringer
The reviewer of Jackson Granholm's book, "The Day We Bombed Switzerland," intimated that the author and the crews of the 458th Bomb Group were a bunch of "idiots. Read morePublished on January 6, 2003 by Charles H. Booth, Jr.
...It is fair to say that the author has a good story to tell and gives a good description of USAF bomber crews during WWII. Read morePublished on October 18, 2002
... My father flew 30 missions as navigator with the 755 Squadron 458th Bombardment Group from February - June 1944. I was very pleased to finally see a book about this Bomb Group. Read morePublished on January 4, 2002 by Darin Scorza
I just finished reading, "The Day We Bombed Switzerland" and it is one of the best books I've EVER read! Read morePublished on September 21, 2000 by Catherine Janese
This book captured my heart. I loved the day to day drama and humor provided by Mr. Granholm. His experiences, although tragic at times, helped create the future I live in... Read morePublished on August 20, 2000 by Tito Valanese