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Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by johnny k, Aug 6, 2020.
that would describe the life on the plane. Thank you, come again !
We had a family friend, the late Charles Alling, he wrote "A Mighty Fortress," about his WW2 experiences as a bomber pilot.
thanks. just bought a copy.
I had read quite a bit but was still surprised when I went through B-17 at an air show. I had not understood how small the crew area was.
Had a similar experience touring the Constellation, sister ship to the Constitution, in Baltimore harbor.
Most military equipment is designed to maximize utilization and crew as an afterthought
Decision Over Schweinfurt: The U.S. 8th Air Force Battle for Daylight Bombing Hardcover – January 1, 1977
Thomas M Coffey (Author)
When I was a kid I belonged to the military book club - 3 books a month for like 7 bucks. As soon as I seen the thread title, this popped out from another life time ago. Right what your looking for about life on the plane, the cold, having to wear oxegen, the combat damage from inside the plane. It really painted a picture.
Thirty Seconds over Tokyo
Where Eagles Dare
Knights of the Air
@johnny k Thanks! I can put you in touch with his daughter, who helped him write it, if you have follow-up questions.
There is also a remarkable novel by a WW1 fighter pilot, Winged Victory by Victor Maslin Yeates, which is a heck of a read. Not quite what you asked for but very, very good.
From the British side.
IMO, one of the best. There's nothing I've read from Len Deighton that wasn't at least good. This one is great. I still have my copy.
Here's a few to be getting on with:
Bomb Aimer Over Berlin by Lesley Bartlett,
The Eighth Passenger by Miles Tripp, (I've read it about twenty times)
The Crew by David Price,
Diary of a Bomb Aimer by Campbell Muirhead.
You'll probably find them all on eBay.
I read that one, and didn't like it. But i think i have enough infos for now on. Thanks.
My Wars, by Col Richard Bushong, USAF. It's not a big fat book and it's not written in the slick, dramatic style of a modern novel (it's a documentary) but it's a good one.
I met Col Bushong at Pima Air Museum in Tucson, AZ when I was out at Davis Monthan AFB on a business trip. He was in his 80s and worked as a volunteer in the B-17 display facility, where they have a complete aircraft.
It was early in the morning on a weekday; there was nobody else in the place so I had the Colonel all to myself. We chatted for more than two hours, got some coffee, and chatted some more. He had many hours in the B-17--as well as other aircraft--and had lots of stories. As I thanked him for his time and his service to the US, I noticed his name on a small stack of books. I grabbed one and paid for it, and he said, "gimme that book." He wrote a very nice personal note inside the front cover and handed it back to me. The book came with a CD that contains more material (interviews, photos, etc.).
I just looked and Amazon has it:
I read Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand a few years ago and loved it. It’s not a book about the plane specifically but that’s where I learned about 17s. If you want a book about the soldiers that may be of interest.
Still amazed at the technology back then.
My father was a B-17 bombardier and some good books have already been mentioned above. I really liked this one. It’s not specifically about “life as a bombing crew” but it is a great read.
The author, Joseph Heller, flew 60 combat missions in a B25 in Italy...
+1 for sure, such a great book.
For a perspective on bombing from the ground level, Kurt Vonnegut Jr.’s book “Slaughterhouse Five” is unmatched...and like “Cathc 22” is based on the author’s experiences.