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Shelves in bookstores are filled with memoirs from the Second World War. Even so, few capture as vividly the danger, excitement, and stress of air combat as does Truman Smith s The Wrong Stuff. --Mark K. Wells, USAF Academy
If you thought gallantry and valor were the only stuff war is made of, think again. Truman Smiths The Wrong Stuff will let you know right away that the Hollywood version of war is just that: the stuff of good movies. He makes one statement which is not understood by anyone who has not served in combat: 'In order to out-bad the bad guys, you ve got to be badder than they are.' --Tulsa World
Writing bluntly and sometime profanely, Smith, a retired lieutenant colonel in the Air Force, talks honestly about his experiences, ventures that happened also to thousands of other Air Force veterans...If nothing else, the book proves that the nation s greatest resources are its young people, ready and willing to serve their country. --St. Joseph (MO.) News-Press
Truman J. Smith (1924–2011) was a Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Air Force and a member of the Distinguished Flying Cross Society. In 1958 he founded the Air Force Radio-TV network, which reached Europe, North Africa, and the Near East.
This is a magnificent story of one man's service with the Eighth Air Force flying missions over German-occupied Europe and on into Germany. Read morePublished 17 days ago by Roger J. Buffington
After I read it, I thought "if I had any inkling it was like this, I wouldn't have read it'
Very dry every day life. Read more
One man's very candid, insightful, and entertaining account of his experiences during WWII. I wish my father had left such an account.Published 23 days ago by Amazon Customer
A fun and sad novel. Had some hellarious parts. Had to avoid things around the house. Just couldn't put the book down.Published 1 month ago by Sam Kirkland
This I simply a fantastic book about the experiences of a young man serving as a pilot in the US Army Air Force during World War Two. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Toe Tag
This makes me I start to thinking. I was in the 8 th Airforce later. Went in 12/12/51 and got out on 12/1/54. Am proud of "our" history!Published 1 month ago by Leslie F. MIlls
My dad was a B24 pilot, also in the 8th Army Air Force. I was born in 1951 and grew up listening to my dad's tales of the Great Depression and WWII. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Gotta Tellya
I had just read Anthony Beevior's outstanding World War II when I was introduced to this. It proved together perfect predicate. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Gene Morphis
Best WW-II 8th Air Force account I have read in many years. I'm glad the author survived and thank him for his service and for sharing some of his experiences.Published 2 months ago by Mac_Cat