Combat crew : The Story of 25 Combat Missions Over Europe From the Daily Journal of a B-17 Gunner. / John Comer.
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- ISBN: 9780984981229 (electronic bk)
- Physical Description: 1 online resource
- Publisher: New York : John Comer, 2012.
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Comer vividly creates his experiences as top-turret gunner/flight engineer in a B-17 Squadron that was thrown against the best pilots the Luftwaffe could offer. In 1943 the Germans were more experienced than the Americans and the Army Air Force had no long-range fighters to protect the B-17's as they flew deep into enemy territory. That Comer survived is a testament to his crew's skill and his luck; his 533d Squadron (8th Air Force, 1st Division, 381st Group) lost three out of every four men on combat status during the six months Comer flew his first twenty-five missions. Comer's powerful narrative is devoted to the men who flew the planes, dropped the bombs, and fired the guns. Their everyday life was filled with terror, friendship, and fatigue. Comer recorded it all in his diary. The reader shares the fears of flight crew as they wonder if their heavily loaded bomber can actually lift off the runway. Many planes didn't make it. Then there are the freezing temperatures in...
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