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The Last Flight of Liberator 41-1133 Paperback

ISBN-13: 978-0970297204 ISBN-10: 0970297203

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 456 pages
  • Publisher: Winds Aloft Pr (September 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0970297203
  • ISBN-13: 978-0970297204
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.8 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,299,100 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A vast, brilliant panorama of a book....an absorbing and unusual social and military narrative." -- The Book Reader, May 2001

"An important addition to WWII Air Force literature." -- USAF Air Education & Training Command

About the Author

William F. Cass: suburban Philadelphia marketing communications executive. B.A. Washington College, Chestertown, MD. M.B.A. in Marketing from Syracuse University. Married, two grown children. Active Scouter in Chester County Council, BSA. Instrument, multi-engine rated commercial pilot

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Andrew C. Bennett on November 6, 2007
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This book focuses on the crew and events leading up to the crash of B-24 41-1133. It crashed on the Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico on a training flight out of Kirtland Field in Albuquerque on April 22, 1942.

The best aspect of this book is the thorough coverage of pilot training in the pre-war and early war period, complete with the many problems of organization and equipment faced during that time. The coverage for the two student pilots is very complete; there is also quite a bit of information on background and training of the instructors and crew members, although that is much less complete.

The book also covers the events leading up to the crash, and possible reasons for the accident; clearly much of this is open to debate, given there were no survivors.

This is a worthwhile book for those interested in pilot training in the early WWII time period. I found it an enjoyable read.
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Mr. Cass brings the reader directly into this point in time -- just after America's entrance into WWII. The life and times of these young men reflect the typical lives of so many service men during this time. Read this book if you are interested in WWII history and, certainly, before trekking at Philmont and your experience will be vastly richer for it. If you are trekking close to Trail Peak, do not skip it, and do not skip reading this book. And, oh, yes, Chope himself lead the search party (on horseback) to the crash site several days afterwards (it was April, there was lots of snow, and it took several days of fly overs to locate the crash site).
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I bought this book at the Pima Air Museum (Tucson) as an afterthought several years ago. I knew it had to do with a Liberator that went down on the Philmont Scout Ranch in northern New Mexico during the second world war. But I didn't realize how that book would connect me to the crew of that bomber back in 1942. If you like WW II history, U.S. history, stories about Philmont or stories about people doing their best under extraordinary circumstances, this book is a good read. It's not going to win any awards, but it sure kept my attention all the way through. I could almost see myself in the left seat of that behemoth as it cut through the cold, dark sky over New Mexico on that fateful evening...may God bless those men and their families.
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