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Half a Wing, Three Engines and a Prayer: B-17's Over Germany (Aviation Week Books) (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 1. Mai 1999


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  • Taschenbuch: 454 Seiten
  • Verlag: Mcgraw Hill Book Co; Auflage: Revised. (1. Mai 1999)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0071341455
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071341455
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 15,2 x 2,9 x 22,9 cm
  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 4.8 von 5 Sternen  Alle Rezensionen anzeigen (6 Kundenrezensionen)
  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 301.357 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
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In 1943, when the outcome of World War II hung in the balance, B-17 crews of the Eighth Air Force flew harrowing, unescorted daylight bombing missions deep into Occupied Europe and Germany. These devastating raids have long been storied in film and fiction, but here is a firsthand, blow-by-blow account of these perilous missions as they really happened. In these pages, you'll see the events unfold as they were recorded and recalled by one crew's officers and enlisted men (pilot, copilot, navigator, radioman, and gunners), corroborated by other crews they flew with, and painstakingly correlated with the official records of the men's 303rd "Hell's Angels" Bomb Group.The publication of "Half a Wing, Three Engines, and a Prayer" in 1989 prompted a flood of fresh recollections, correspondence, and personal records from other veterans of the 303rd. This Special Revised Edition incorporates that wealth of new material into a vivid, thorough recreation - complete with actual combat photographs - of one of the most dramatic chapters in military aviation history.

New in this Special Revised Edition are: new veteran interviews; expanded coverage; revised data; 90 photographs & illustrations; and an epilogue: crewmen's post-war careers. "A well-researched, highly readable account of a B-17 combat crew's experience...excellent." - Roger A. Freeman, author of "The Mighty Eighth". "The best collection of stories about a B-17 Bomb Group that has ever been published." - Harry D. Gobrecht, President, 303rd Bomb Group Association and author of "Might in Flight: Daily Diary of the Eighth Air Force's 'Hell's Angels' Bomb Group".

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In 1943, when the outcome of World War II hung in the balance, B-17 crews of the Eighth Air Force flew harrowing, unescorted daylight bombing missions deep into Occupied Europe and Germany. These devastating raids have long been storied in film and fiction, but here is a firsthand, blow-by-blow account of these perilous missions as they really happened. In these pages, you'll see the events unfold as they were recorded and recalled by one crew's officers and enlisted men (pilot, copilot, navigator, radioman, and gunners), corroborated by other crews they flew with, and painstakingly correlated with the official records of the men's 303rd "Hell's Angels" Bomb Group.

The publication of Half a Wing, Three Engines, and a Prayer in 1989 prompted a flood of fresh recollections, correspondence, and personal records from other veterans of the 303rd. This Special Revised Edition incorporates that wealth of new material into a vivid, thorough recreation -- complete with actual combat photographs -- of one of the most dramatic chapters in military aviation history.


New in this Special Revised Edition:
* New veteran interviews
* Expanded coverage
* Revised data
* 90 photographs & illustrations
* Epilogue: crewmen's post-war careers

"A well-researched, highly readable account of a B-17 combat crew's experience...excellent." -- Roger A. Freeman, author of The Mighty Eighth

"The best collection of stories about a B-17 Bomb Group that has ever been published." -- Harry D. Gobrecht, President, 303rd Bomb Group Association and author of Might in Flight: Daily Diary of the Eighth Air Force's 'Hell's Angels' Bomb Group


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Von Douglas Ruppel am 17. Februar 2000
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I want to publicly thank Brian O'Neill for the time he took in developing the "Half a Wing, Three Engines and a Prayer". For my father, Sgt Edward Ruppel (my he rest in peace) this was very difficult for him to talk about the war. Over the years he would talk to me from time to time about some of the things that happened, but as a rule he wouldn't say very much about the war. Brian was able to get alot of the stories to print. I remember something my dad said to Brian," your asking me to bring back memories that has taken me almost 40 years of my life to forget" Maybe the true inner stories can never be told, but Brian you have shown at least the what really happened. May he truely rest in pease now that his story has been told.
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This is an excellent account of the American Air effort over Europe during 1943-44. The author follows the wartime experiences of one crew from the 303rd "Hell's Angels" Bomb Group using personal accounts and official records. This book is very much like Gerald Astor's 'The Mighty Eight' and is as just as good, if not better. The story of Sgt Joseph Sawicki, pages 207 to 217, brings home the horror and absolute bravery of these men. I would hope that one day soon Sgt Sawicki's exceptional bravery is recognised and he receives the medal of Honour, even though its over 50 years too late! Recommended to all who enjoy this period of history and well done to the author!
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Von Ford J. Lauer III am 28. November 1999
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My grandfather, Colonel Ford J. Lauer, established the 303rd Bomb Group and served as its first commanding officer in 1942. He did not deploy overseas with the group however, rather he was transfered to establish another group. I have read countless histories of the air war and this is one of the best. It is impossible to publish too much about the sacrifices and valor of the men who fought in the skies of World War II. Those men flew before the cockpit was a video game. Colonel Lauer deployed overseas in March of 1943 with the 15th Air Force. He commanded the 99th Bomb Group throughout 1944. Colonel Lauer was one of the pioneer B-17 pilots at Langly Field in the late '30s.
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