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Product Details

  • Paperback: 276 pages
  • Publisher: Potomac Books Inc.; 1st Potomac Ed edition (April 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1574889990
  • ISBN-13: 978-1574889994
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6.1 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #247,952 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This strong collection of tales of heroism is long overdue, for it salutes airmen who conducted Medal of Honor-worthy acts of courage, but whose stories were never told. Rob Morris does a terrific job of bringing these stories to life, and the variety of his subject matter is both intriguing and entrancing."

"Rob Morris has compiled a fascinating collection of first-hand accounts by veterans of the Mighty Eighth and the U.S. Fifteenth Air Force. . . . A major contribution to the history of the Second World War."

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Provides a fascinating collection of eyewitness histories from Eight and Fifteenth Air Force veterans

More About the Author

Rob Morris is a high school teacher and military historian who lives in Ammon, Idaho. His first book, 'Untold Valor: Forgotten Stories of American Bomber Crewmen over Europe in World War II' (Potomac, 2006), is now in its fifth printing and remains a popular book in the genre. Morris next co-wrote 'Combat Bombardier' with 95th Bomb Group bombardier Leonard Herman in 2007. In 2012, his seminal history of the WWII 95th Bomb Group, 'Wild Blue Yonder and Beyond' (Potomac 2012), commissioned by the Group, was published.

In 2013 Morris added to his writing credits, including 'Untold Valor: World War Two in the Pacific' (Fonthill); 'The Battle of Gettysburg' (Instinctive); 'Presidents of the United States' (Instinctive); and 'The Civil War Chronicles (Instinctive).

In 2014, Morris elected to attempt to publish as an Independent (or Indie) author as an experiment. His first offering was 'Marinell' about a 339th Fighter Group P-51 Mustang and the people who knew her, published in June. His second, published in July, was a revised and expanded edition of Dan Culler's classic POW memoir 'Black Hole of Wauwilermoos' entitled "Prisoner of the Swiss: A WWII Airman's Story". In September 2014 he published his first novel, 'I'll Be Seeing You' about the air war over Europe in World War Two. Ongoing 2014 projects include helping AFL/NFL legend Ron McDole write his memoir about the Golden Age of Football and researching a book about the AC-47 Spooky Gunship in Vietnam.

Morris has also written numerous magazine articles for World War Two History Magazine, Idaho Falls Magazine, and Dispatches: The Magazine of the Military Writers of America. He is the Grand Prize winner of the 2013 'A Novel Approach' Writing Contest sponsored by the Military Writers of America and writer Jack Woodville London. Morris contributed to the book '501 Jazz Greats'. He is a pilot, has been married for nearly 30 years to the same girl (Geri), and together they have three children and five grandsons.

Rob is a 1981 graduate of the University of Montana, Missoula. He has taught school for 30 years in Medicine Bow, Wyoming and Idaho Falls, Idaho.

Customer Reviews

I would definitely recommend this book to anyone interested in WWII history.
Gail L. Thompson
Morris's painstaking and thorough research ensures that the stories are accurate as they reveal previously-unknown facets of the WWII experience.
Marilyn Walton
That's why it's heartening to come across books like Rob Morris' UNTOLD VALOR.
Michael OConnor

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59 of 62 people found the following review helpful By Michael OConnor TOP 500 REVIEWER on August 10, 2006
Format: Paperback
It's sad to see the ranks of our WWII veterans steadily dwindling away. With them die so many unique memories of now-faraway battles and ordinary men accomplishing extraordinary feats.

That's why it's heartening to come across books like Rob Morris' UNTOLD VALOR. Fascinated by WWII air battles, Morris did just what was needed to save memories of those times, tracking down and interviewing countless veterans who flew in 8th and 15th AF bombers over Europe.

Morris covers a wide variety of American experiences in the air war over Europe, relating stories of Jewish airmen at war, the 'Memphis Belle' vs. 'Hell's Angels' B-17 controversy, 8th AF internees in Switzerland, the story of Hermann Goering's nephew who flew B-17s in the 8th AF, and so on.

It's an interesting collection of stories and a nice tribute to those vets who flew with the 8th and 15th Air Forces.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Marilyn Walton on July 3, 2007
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Untold Valor is the very aptly-chosen title of the marvelous book by author Rob Morris. After years of research, Morris has told some of the most hidden stories of WWII. The stories, unfamiliar to many who seek WWII reading material, reflect the sacrifice, suffering, triumph and yes, valor of the subjects. Morris's painstaking and thorough research ensures that the stories are accurate as they reveal previously-unknown facets of the WWII experience.

Far beyond the traditional wartime stories, Morris focuses on the untold experience of the Jewish POW, for instance, carrying the added burden of fear of reprisals from an anti-Semitic dictator. He tells of brave crews who survived the chilling and notorious Schweinfurt raid losing so many of their Blood 100th comrades. And Morris sought out and discovered a most unlikely and unexpected B-17 pilot following his movements throughout the war.

The author has brought to light the issue of the Swiss internees who found that neutral Switzerland was not the safe haven and refugee they had expected it to be. The reader is taken into the heart of Switzerland with ex-internee, Dan Culler, as he endures one of the most harrowing confinements in a non-enemy country, only to lose the support of his own country at the war's end. In some instances, Morris ventures to take a hard look and give in-depth analysis of the strategic bombing policy during the war succinctly pointing out its flaws and the circumstances that caused the curtailment of bombing raids on oil refineries.

Few ever asked what happened to the displaced persons rescued from Hitler's death camps. Many, turning a blind eye to them, failed to recognize their pitiful plight.
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38 of 42 people found the following review helpful By LB on December 23, 2006
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Flying at 26,000', walking on flack, goggles fogging, the IP, the run, turn to rtb. The flack, the fighters, the hits, exploding planes. Bail out. Capture. Rob Morris tells it all from the interviews of survivors of the brutal days as POW's.

These stories are only a few that could be told but Rob to got to the heart of them. A Jewish crew member flying on a mission over Schweifurt, Gus Mencow was with the group that lost 228 B-17's. On and on as only Rob could pull it together.

A fantastic collection of stories of valor.

Thanks Rob for a memorable book.

Least we forget.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Les Poitras on January 19, 2009
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Reading this book has been a very special experience for me. My beloved grandfather, who was a ball-turret gunner on B-17s during WWII, passed away in 2007. Along with this loss, came the realization that I had not learned enough about his experience in the ball-turret, or enough about the history about the seemingly super-humanly brave men who manned the various aircraft of WWII. Their bravery and their losses in WWII were staggering, as was the often lifetime suffering for those wounded physically or psychologically. These are extraordinarily special men with special stories. They are a breed apart.

I found this book while searching for the phrase "ball-turret". In my search, I discovered this was the only book with a chapter dedicated to the subject. Like the ball-turret chapter, what you will find here are well-written, extremely important, soul-wrenching stories that might have been lost to history had the author not intervened to tell them.

After finishing the book, I decided to email the author to thank him for writing a chapter about the ball-turret and let him know how much I enjoyed and appreciated his book. Much to my pleasure and surprise, I received a warm response. We have been emailing back and forth ever since, along with a couple of the airmen written about and mentioned in the book that Rob to which Rob put me in contact with.

What is special about Untold Valor is the painstaking research Rob went through to make sure the stories were accurate as possible. In many cases, Rob developed close personal friendships with the airmen he writes about and was often a guest at their house for days at a time during his research.
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