- Hardcover: 224 pages
- Publisher: Sutton Publishing; First Edition edition (November 6, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0750933607
- ISBN-13: 978-0750933605
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.8 x 10 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,624,367 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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My Uncle John N Littlejohn Jr was the Captain of this WWII Bomber.
Looking forward to Unraveling stories of all the other Bombers included...
Other stories in the book tell of midair collisions, flak damaged planes landing in the drink, and a recreation of Annie's artwork for a TV show titled 'Time Team'. Next to the remains dug from a site, cameras pan across a reclining lady, just as she appeared on the B-17 'Sleepy Time Gal' before the crash.
There are details of formation flying, turbulence in clouds, airplane system failures and those dreaded telegrams sent to relatives back home. More conventionally, there are chapters dedicated to parachuting into occupied countries, life in prison camp, return to U.S., and visits to their old haunts by veterans.
See also: Night of the Intruders: First-Hand Accounts Chronicling the Slaughter of Homeward Bound Usaaf Mission 311,B 17: Flying Fortress,B-24 Liberator at War.
McLachlan books combine vintage combat reports, current-day first-person reminiscences by airmen and civilians and aviation archaeology reports to produce wonderfully detailed acounts of, for example, the tragic March 1945 mid-air between two 392nd BG Liberators that left only four survivors.
Along with the chapter devoted to the 392nd tragedy, McLachlan presents eleven other stories including the saga of a 385th BG crew that barely survived their imprisonment in Buchenwald(!); the bravery of a 487th BG B-17 pilot who gave his life to save not only his crew but the inhabitants of an English village; the errors that led to the loss of 'Skipper an' the Kids,' a 388th BG lost on a routine training mission; the story of the young English artist Anne Haywood and her relationship with the 385th BG; the 448th BG B-24 crew, downed by Me262s, that owed their lives to the common decency of a Wehrmacht officer; and so on.
There are no gay, dashing flyboys waging glorious air battles in EIGHTH AIR FORCE BOMBER STORIES. The airmen - and civilians - in McLachlan's book are ordinary people struggling to survive and carry out their duty.
Some live, some die, others are scarred for life. Till the end of his life, for instance, one 34th BG pilot never forgave himself for trying to bring his flak-damaged B-24 back to England rather than diverting to Sweden. Over the English Channel he ordered his crew to bail out of their rapidly failing Liberator. The pilot was able to nurse the B-24 to England. His nine-man crew all drowned in the Channel.
EIGHTH AIR FORCE BOMBER STORIES will inform you, will touch you like few other volumes on the Mighty Eighth. It comes Highly Recommended.