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We Bought a WWII Bomber: The Untold Story of A Michigan High School a B-17 Bomber & The Blue Ridge Parkway! Paperback – July 30, 2015
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"A fascinating, little known story about the home front in World War 2. All students of History should take note about what can be done when one puts their mind to it." - Donald M. Goldstein, Ph.D., Co-author of At Dawn We Slept and Miracle At Midway
"I read Sandra's book. It is well written and researched. I recommend it for the history, the human faces and stories, and the superb writing." - Julie Murphy, Ph.D. Licensed Professional Counselor
"Can a group of high school students change the course of history? They could-and did-during World War II when they persuaded their school and town to help them raise money to buy two planes and several landing craft. This exciting story, in a time when we all helped each other and when brave young men fought to preserve freedom, tells of a harrowing final flight of the bomber that they bought." - James T. Webb, Ph.D., President of GreatPotential Press, anamateur historian, and a civilian pilot with 4,000+ hours of flight time.
"...You have published this book at a time in life when our national spirit is low...Maybe this book will help ignite 'I'm proud to be an American!'" - Sallee Wiltrakis Ballard, SHS Class of 1962
"Thank you for writing We Bought A WWII Bomber. I gave it to my 95-year old father for his birthday. The book prompted him to speak of his WWII experiences for the first time. My brother and I sat mesmerized for over two hours amazed to learn all he had lived through." - Bruce Fisher, Son of a WWII Veteran
"Sandra Warren's account of one 'special' B-17 bomber that crashed in the tiny mountain community of Meadows of Dan near the Blue Ridge Parkway in Southern Virginia is nothing short of remarkable. Her dedication to uncovering the full story of along neglected piece of local history here is praiseworthy, but her extensiveresearch highlights the overall story of national unity in support of World War II on the home front as well." - John Reynolds, Patrick County Historical Society, VA
"I was a nine year old child in London in 1944 and my family and friends all thought Americans had lots of extra food because they sent it to us. We, the English, were starving because of the German U-boat raids. I'm shocked to learn that Americans sacrificed so that we could eat!" - Frederick Hardy, Charlotte, NC
"When I was seven years old, I attended the dedication of 'The Spirit of South High.' Following graduation, I became a Naval Aviator logging over 15,000 hours of flight time. I can well empathize with the B-17 crew having myself survived a night ditching in a large,underpowered aircraft similar to the B-17.The final chapter of 'The Spirit of South High' has been written. It is a great story of community commitment and the story of those crew members that have to fly these aircraft." - Richard J. Van Gemert, South High School Class of 1954, Governor, International Flight Safety Association, Recipient, John Doswell Award from the National Business Aircraft Association for lifetime achievement in aviation.
From the Author
This book was a labor of love. From the very beginning through the entire process, facts, sometimes hard to believe, unfolded before me in a timely fashion. When I needed a bit of information, the telephone would ring and the person on the other end would have what I was looking for or would direct me where to look. The people in Michigan and Virginia were all so willing to give up their time to answer questions and give their side of the story. I felt honored to meet folks eager to share their story, who were children during World War II, and speak to "The Spirit of South High's" pilot and one of the co-pilots, both 99-years young. I feel privileged to have been able to preserve this little known story from home front America during World War II.
If ever a book was charmed, it's this one. I do hope you enjoy it.
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