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Through These Eyes: A World War II Eighth Air Force Combat Diary

4.8 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-1420866445
ISBN-10: 1420866443
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 356 pages
  • Publisher: AuthorHouse (October 5, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1420866443
  • ISBN-13: 978-1420866445
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #372,334 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Douglas P. Cervi on December 4, 2005
An excellent memoir that shares the difficulties of what life was like during the Great Depression and the affect that it had on millions of adolescents in the United States during the 1930's. Sgt. Hutchinson then describes the traumatic experiences for these young men in the air war in Europe and the R and R in London, England. This book is a must read for the young people of today to gain an appreciation for the accomplishments of the "Greatest Generation."
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By J. L. Aylsworth on November 26, 2005
What a great way to educate yourself on the daily life of a WWII veteran. This is a very interesting book! I was riveted with the terrific details and stories. It is amazing that our grandfathers and fathers did such amazing things at such a young age. We truly owe them our respect and admiration. After reading this book, it is easy to see why this generation is called "The Greatest Generation".
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Picture your grandfather sitting in front of the fire telling stories. Picture him falling asleep, waking up, saying, "Where was I?" and then repeating half of the story again. And again. And again. That is this book.

An interesting story (especially growing up in Depression-era Indiana), marred by a total lack of coherent structure, a lack of editing, and a "surplus" of "quote" marks, not to mention any attention to basic grammar. It seems that the excerpts from his journal were more clearly written than the text written years later.
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What a great book! As an aviation fanatic, it was interesting to read about the technical aspects of the "Flying Fortress" from a first hand point of view. The physical rigors of fighting the Germans at 25,000 feet in 40 below conditions and on oxygen for many hours lets one know the sacrifices the air crews made. I also enjoyed reading about what it was like to grow up in the depression. The discipline the young people learned at an early age shows why they are indeed the "Greatest Generation"
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"This is the best personal account of the Depression and WWII I've ever read. The author's first-person account of the impact of the Depression, and his stories of WWII compiled through his diary written as he served as a radio-operator on a B-17 will make you laugh and cry. The author writes with candor and humor as he remembers his childhood, and takes you on an adventure through WWII as seen through the eyes of a combat warrior barely out of his teens. You won't want to put this one down!"
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Through These Eyes fully gives you a sense of what it was like growing up during the depression and the encounters of those (boys) who fought in WWII. Hutch's experiences are priceless and should be read by all to fully understand the sacrifices made by all those who fought for our freedom.
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