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The wild blue: the men and boys who flew the B-24s over Germany

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The very young men who flew the B24s over Germany in World War II against terrible odds were an exemplary band of brothers. In The Wild Blue, Stephen Ambrose recounts their extraordinary brand of heroism, skill, daring, and comradeship. Stephen Ambrose describes how the Army Air Forces recruited, trained, and chose those few who would undertake the most demanding and dangerous jobs in the war. These are the boys -- turned pilots, bombardiers, navigators, and gunners of the B24s -- who suffered over 50 percent casualties. Ambrose carries us along in the crowded, uncomfortable, and dangerous B24s as their crews fought to the death through thick, black, deadly flak to reach their targets and destroy the German war machine or else went down in flames. Twenty-two-year-old George McGovern who was to become a United States senator and a presidential candidate, flew thirty-five combat missions (all the Army would allow) and won the Distinguished Flying Cross. We meet him and his mates, his co-pilot killed in action, and crews of other planes -- many of whom did not come back. As Band of Brothers and Citizen Soldiers portrayed the bravery and ultimate victory of the American soldier from Normandy on to Germany, The Wild Blue makes clear the contribution these young men of the Army Air Forces stationed in Italy made to the Allied victory.
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subject_facetB-24 (Bomber)
B-24 bomber
Bomber pilots -- United States -- Biography
Bombing, Aerial -- Germany -- History -- 20th century
Dakota Queen (B-24 bomber)
Flight crews -- United States -- Biography
Large type books
McGovern, George S. -- (George Stanley), -- 1922-
McGovern, George S. -- (George Stanley), -- 1922-2012
United States. -- Army Air Forces -- Biography
United States. -- Army Air Forces. -- Squadron, 741st -- History
World War, 1939-1945 -- Aerial operations, American
World War, 1939-1945 -- Regimental histories -- United States
title_displayThe wild blue : the men and boys who flew the B-24s over Germany
title_fullThe wild blue : the men and boys who flew the B-24s over Germany / Stephen E. Ambrose
The wild blue : the men and boys who flew the B-24s over Germany [electronic resource] / Stephen E. Ambrose
The wild blue [text (large print)] : the men and boys who flew the B-24s over Germany / Stephen E. Ambrose
title_shortThe wild blue
title_subthe men and boys who flew the B-24s over Germany
topic_facetAerial operations, American
B-24 (Bomber)
B-24 bomber
Bomber pilots
Bombing, Aerial
Flight crews
History
McGovern, George S
Regimental histories
World War, 1939-1945