Black Thursday: The Story of the Schweinfurt Raid

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Heraclean Publishing #ad - Superb!” ny timeson thursday, 1943, october 14, two hundred and ninety one B-17 Flying Fortresses set out for a strategic bombing raid on the factories in Schweinfurt. Sixty of those planes never returned and six hundred and fifty men were lost during the course of that mission. It was the greatest failure that the United States Air Force had ever suffered and became known as “Black Thursday”.

Martin caidin’s black thursday: The Story of the Schweinfurt Raid is a brilliant account of that day that should never be forgotten. This book uncovers in thrilling detail the build-up to that fateful raid as the ground crew prepare the aircraft and the aviators are briefed on their mission ahead. By consulting with first-hand accounts and interviewing survivors Caidin’s book takes the reader to the heart of the action as the planes burst into battle in the skies above Western Europe.

Black Thursday: The Story of the Schweinfurt Raid #ad - It is documented in the same careful kind of research which makes the whole book so successful. He passed away in 1997. The ‘longest day’ for the B-17’s in World War II. Caidin was an airplane pilot as well, and bought and restored a 1936 Junkers Ju 52 airplane. Excellent!” kirkus reviewsMartin Caidin was an American author and an authority on aeronautics and aviation.

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Twenty Million Tons Under the Sea: The Daring Capture of the U-505

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Laticlave Press #ad - Winston churchillgerman U-Boats were causing havoc for the Allied fleets across the oceans of the world. The battle of the atlantic had been ongoing since the beginning of the war and the Royal Navy, United States Navy and Allied merchant shipping were taking heavy casualties against these underwater terrors.

The u-505 had been launched on 25 May 1941. Over the next three years she went on to sink a total of eight ships. But the upper hand that once had been held by U-Boats was beginning to weaken and tide began to turn in favor of the Allied navies. Daniel gallery, in his brilliant memoir, explains how he led Task Group 21.

Twenty Million Tons Under the Sea: The Daring Capture of the U-505 #ad - 12 in the battle against the U-Boat threat. Commanding the uss guadalcanal he led his crew to sink three of these menacing submarines, but his greatest achievement was to capture the U-505 off the coast of Africa. He was the first american officer to capture an enemy warship since the War of 1812, and this victory gave the United States Navy not only a great victory but also the codebooks, Enigma machine and other secret materials found on board critically assisted the Allied codebreakers.

Excellent in several ways: it provides a fine quick survey of the whole Atlantic war, and, most dramatically, it describes the operation of the German U-boat service, it tells how an American task force under Admiral Gallery achieved the unique feat of capturing a German submarine. Publishers’ weekly “one of the best non-fiction books about World War II.

Raleigh news & observer“One of the war’s most exciting memoirs. Chicago news“A first-rate adventure tale.

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Sink 'Em All: Submarine Warfare in the Pacific

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Maecenas Books #ad - It is that sort of book-written by a prime authority who holds strong opinions and is not afraid to air them; whose treatment is always suggestive and strikes sparks in every chapter. The naval reviewsink ’em all, was originally published in 1951 by Vice Admiral Charles A. Navy submarine operations in the Pacific by the flag officer responsible for their direction throughout the war.

Navy commander of the Pacific submarine fleet during World War II. Lockwood also recounts his efforts to improve the provisions and after-patrol accomodations of the submariners, and of his on-going struggle to improve the effectiveness of torpedoes and other tools vital to the war effort. It is a balanced and surprisingly objective account adequately supported by statistics and containing some interesting conclusions.

Sink 'Em All: Submarine Warfare in the Pacific #ad - The naval reviewcharles andrews lockwood may 6, 1890 – June 7, 1967 was a vice-admiral and flag officer of the United States Navy. Lockwood, the U. S. This is a book of substantial importance. Lockwood, knew the skippers and crews of the submarines, in his leadership role, and retells their wartime successes and tragedies with an intimacy and realism often missing in second-hand accounts.

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Serenade to the Big Bird

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Eyrie Books #ad - Instead of returning to America when leave was due to him, he requested to be transferred to fighters. Burned up. He was awarded the air medal and the Distinguished Flying Cross and was a veteran of thirty-five bomber missions. He died at the age of 23. They ran into flak and had the daylights scared out of them, and burned out their guns shooting down 109's and Focke-Wulfs.

Perhaps the best to come out of World War II. The philadelphia inquirer“The serenade is a simple and moving story of the war in the air. Shot to hell. The big bird was a Flying Fort. One guy got out of that. At the age of twenty-two, Bert Stiles joined the American Air Force. Two years later he began his life as a co-pilot of a B-17 Flying Fortress, flying high over Germany and bombing cities far below.

Serenade to the Big Bird #ad - In his moving memoir of that time stiles takes you right to the heart of life as a young bomber pilot in World War Two; the terror of being under fire from flak and German planes, the disillusionment in their mission, the thoughts of girls back home and those they’d met on their travels, the dreams of the future and the overwhelming tiredness that hung over every member of the crew.

A book of terrific impact.

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Helmet for My Pillow: From Parris Island to the Pacific

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Choctaw Books #ad - Marines are the greatest fighting men on earth!” Leon UrisRobert Leckie signed up for service with the United States Marines on January 5, 1942. Wake island had fallen and America was still reeling from the tragedy of Pearl Harbor. This vivid and personal account of one marine’s journey through the course of the war in the Pacific in World War Two.

Leckie provides vivid, and at times humorous, details of his training in South Carolina, through to being assigned to first terrifying duties as a fighting marine. He was thrust into the heat of battle at Guadalcanal before seeing action across many islands of the Pacific until he was eventually wounded and evacuated from the island of Peleliu.

Helmet for My Pillow: From Parris Island to the Pacific #ad - Yet this fascinating autobiography is not simply about leckie’s fighting life over the duration of the war as it also records the camaraderie of his fellow soldiers, Australia, the adventures that he enjoyed during his time off service in Melbourne, along with the day to day life of a normal marine.

Helmet for my Pillow is a grand and epic prose poem. One hell of a book! The real stuff that proves the U. S. Sledge’s with the old breed: at peleiu and Okinawa this book formed the basis for the HBO miniseries The Pacific. Robert leckie was an American author and historian.

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One Damned Island After Another: The Saga of the Seventh

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Brigadier Books #ad - They were there; they saw it happen. On 19th october 1940, later known as the seventh air Force, the Hawaiian Air Force, was established to provide air defense of the Hawaiian Island and to engage with threats in the Pacific. Just over a year later the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor devastated this force.

They fought at midway, the philippines, truk, Guadalcanal, Tarawa, Kwajalein, Eniwetok, Saipan, Iwo Jima, Palau, and finally Tokyo. Clive howard and joe whitley’s history of this remarkable air force covers from the events at Pearl Harbor through to V-J Day, covering every single island that the force landed on in between.

They listened to demand of corporal earl nelson’s article “heroes don’t win wars”, that criticised the press and radio that only recorded the fantastic achievements of men who wore medals; “Why don’t they talk about the guy who is just a soldier?” So with humor and insight Howard and Whitley have provided us with a history of the Seventh Air Force that doesn’t focus on only the glorious achievements of some men, nor does it simply record the accounts of the “brass hats”, but instead gets to the heart of what the men of this extraordinary force did and thought.

One Damned Island After Another: The Saga of the Seventh #ad - Clive howard and joe whitley were both sergeants and served as correspondents for the Seventh Air Force. Out of a total of 231 aircraft of the Hawaiian Air Force, 64 were destroyed and not more than 79 were left usable. In this huge area and against a fearsome opponent, entirely over water and, at first, the men of the Seventh were forced to fly the longest missions in any theater of war, without fighter escort.

Their book one damned Island After Another was first published in 1946.

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U.S.S. Seawolf: Submarine Raider of the Pacific

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Understated Publishing #ad - S. Ingram, U. Horan, author of more than forty books, died in 1981. The narrow passageways were suddenly filled with men and then as suddenly cleared as each man fitted into his assigned position. The uss seawolf was one of the greatest submarine raiders of all time. Having narrowly avoided the attack on Pearl Harbor the Seawolf set out for the seas of the Pacific to wreak havoc on Japanese shipping.

Joseph melvin eckberg was on the Seawolf from her maiden voyage and remained with her until January 1943. Frank went on to become a prominent ghostwriter and passed away in 1998. Aaaap! aaaap! The battle-station alarm blared through the boat. Eckberg died four years before him in 1977. U. S. S. Seawolf: submarine Raider of the Pacific was first published in 1945.

U.S.S. Seawolf: Submarine Raider of the Pacific #ad - Half-naked, their bodies gleaming in the yellow light, the men tumbled out of their bunks. Navy commander-in-Chief. Gerold frank and james horan were professional authors who wrote down Eckberg’s story after meeting him on a slow train between New York City and New London, Connecticut, in August 1943. As chief radioman he was instrumental in assisting Captain Frederick Warder to find and destroy enemy targets.

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At Close Quarters: PT Boats in the United States Navy

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Milesian Publishing #ad - Best-known as the boat that future president John F. In at close quarters, bulkley uses the fastidious records kept by the US Navy to compile a book which serves as not just a record of the role of the PT boat's role in WWII but also as a lesson to future military and naval scholars. Bulkley, mostly in new guinea and the philippines, a retired USNR captain now deceased, commanded PT boats in the southwest Pacific, from June 1942 to the war's end.

They played their part with zest in the far reaching, powerful Navy team. The thorough and competent account herein of over-all PT boat operations in World War II, a distinguished PT boat commander, compiled by Captain Robert Bulkley, should therefore prove of wide interest. The crews of no other vessels experienced so high a degree of personal engagement with the enemy.

Robert bulkley robert bulkley’s definitive history of patrol torpedo boats in World War Two is exceptionally detailed, meticulously researched, and is a must-read for any naval enthusiast. He gave to the research into the records, into the memories of other participants, and to the writing itself the same zest.

At Close Quarters: PT Boats in the United States Navy #ad - He knew and loved these small, fast craft with hornet sting. He analyses the role of pt boats in some of the major sea battles in the Pacific, opening with Pearl Harbor, through to their involvement in the Mediterranean, the D-Day operations in the English Channel as well as the Solomons campaign and the conquest of New Guinea.

Bulkley joined the pt division of the Navy in 1941, and immediately fell in love with the small and deadly weaponized boat. As a result he produced a shipshape manuscript.

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Patton And His Third Army

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Shiloh Publications #ad - May god have mercy upon my enemies, because I won’t. General George S. He passed away in 1968. Wallace was there to witness all of this as he served, and went on to earn five battle stars, with the Third Army through the course of its movements into Germany. His book, patton and his third army is a remarkable account of this fascinating leader and his troops that changed the course of World War Two and revolutionized warfare.

Wallace uncovers the actions of the third army from its preparations in Britain, to its first engagements with the enemy, through to the major battles around the Falaise Pocket and countering the German offensives, breaking across the Moselle into Germany until they eventually subdued the Nazi forces.

This book provides fascinating insight into the strategies used by Patton to defeat the Germans. Through the course of the war he was awarded the legion of Merit and Bronze Star from the United States, the Croix de Guerre with Star of Vermeil from France and also made part of the Order of the British Empire.

Patton And His Third Army #ad - It is full of direct quotes from patton that demonstrate his determination to win, such as: “When you have an adversary staggering and hanging on the ropes, don’t let up on him. Wallace was an American army officer and architect. Pattonat the start of the war the Nazi armed forces was one of the most feared war machines in history.

He served under patton as an assistance chief of staff and retired from the army as a Major General in the United States Army Reserve. That is the way to get this dirty business over quickly and at the smallest cost.

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Condition Red: Destroyer Action in the South Pacific

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Frigate Publications #ad - He established the identity of lost aircraft and, by flashing messages, directed our planes safely to the carriers. After the war bell became a business executive and later at the age of 68 he became an Episcopal priest. As we passed hutchinson reef the loud-speaker in the pilot house blared forth with “Condition Red over Guadalcanal.

Condition Red. Many planes. What was it like to be trapped upon a ship and constantly under threat of attack from Japanese forces?Frederick J. His books room to swing a cat, a history of the early American navy, and Condition Red were published in 1938 and 1943 respectively. Directed the fire of his battery with outstanding efficiency, destroying at least two Japanese dive bombers and damaging others.

Condition Red: Destroyer Action in the South Pacific #ad - Immediately following the engagement and during the night, he conducted a search for lost planes, taking his ship into enemy waters and away from the protection of friendly forces. Tales of himself and the men, of successive south pacific engagements, of the function of destroyers, of periods without sleep, alone and in group action, of early difficulties of poor charting, of shore landings, of ‘coconut shoots’ and many a ding dong with the enemy.

Kirkus reviewsthe valor that bell demonstrated during the battle of ontong Java in August 1942 earned him the Medal of Honor, and later during USS Grayson’s operations at Guadalcanal in February 1943 he received a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart. He died at the age of 91 in Miami in 1994. Bell, commander of the uss grayson during World War Two, dramatically exposes the mental and physical strain that his crew and ship underwent through the course of the first few years of conflict.

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The Saga of Pappy Gunn

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Lycaon Books #ad - Kenney's book uncovers the remarkable life of Pappy Gunn and his exploits through the Second World War, explaining why many generals, admirals and soldiers acknowledged that he was one of aviation's great pioneers. Pappy gunn is a loving tribute by the youngest son of one of the United States’ greatest heroes, one that highlights the humanity of a man who was a legend in his own time.

Historynet‘an affectionate biography of an almost legendary air force hero’ — Kirkus ReviewsGeorge Churchill Kenney 1889 –1977 was a United States Army Air Forces general during World War II. If any piece of equipment from the airplane itself to any of its hundreds of accessories failed to work, the universal answer was “Pappy can fix it, ” and Pappy could and did.

The Saga of Pappy Gunn #ad - His major work was general kenney reports 1949, a personal history of the air war he led from 1942 to 1945. Colonel paul irvin “pappy” Gunn was a fearless fighter who demonstrated his qualities of leadership. He is best known as the commander of the allied Air Forces in the Southwest Pacific Area SWPA, a position he held from August 1942 until 1945.

This is the story of an extraordinary character. He was one of the great heroes of the Southwest Pacific in World War II, a mechanical genius, and one of the finest storytellers I have ever known. Four-star general Kenney pays tribute to a remarkable man in this biography. To the youngsters fresh from the training fields and untried in air combat he was an example, an inspiration, a confidence builder, and an invaluable man to have around.

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