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Untold Valor: Forgotten Stories of American Bomber Crews over Europe in World War II Paperback – April 1, 2006
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"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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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.
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.Read more ›
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.
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.Read more ›
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Great book...tribute to our WWII Vets...Fast shipping...ThanksPublished 3 months ago by Marty Hammonds
A n excellant portrayal of the Outstanding Young Men that anserd the call of their Nation to go War.Published 4 months ago by Walter Oldham
Strange book. These stories should be more generally known, but it's like something exploitative in order to further an agenda, I know not what. Read morePublished 13 months ago by BallyHoo