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Deadly Sky: The American Combat Airman in World War II by John C. McManus

By John C. McManus

“McManus is a grasp of the paintings of oral historical past and one of many remarkable historians of global battle II.”—Donald L. Miller, writer of Masters of the Air

John C. McManus, writer of The lifeless and people approximately to Die and September Hope, finds the phobia and triumph that shared the fiery skies of worldwide battle II—from the 1st dogfights over Europe to the final Kamikaze assaults over the Pacific.

This insightful chronicle takes readers contained in the reviews of America’s fighter pilots and bomber crews, a huge collection of guys who, in approximately 4 years of conflict everywhere in the globe, suffered over 120,000 casualties with over 40,000 killed.
Their tales span the earth into each nook of the wrestle theaters in either Europe and the Pacific. And the airplane explored are as assorted, tricky, and mythical because the males who flew them­—from the indomitable heavy-duty warhorse that used to be the B-17 Flying citadel to the smooth, deadly P-51 Mustang fighter.
In Deadly Sky, grasp historian John C. McManus is going past the well-known stories of aerial heroism, taking pictures the attractions and sounds, the toil and worry, the adrenaline and the soreness of the yank airmen who confronted loss of life with each venture. during this vital, thoroughly-researched paintings, McManus uncovers the real nature of fighting—and dying—in the skies over international warfare II.

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But I set myself a rule that I would not leave the tail until we were at least 200 miles to sea, and that — — . usually I stayed much . " and ball turret gunners had to deal with isolation, the gunners on a heavy bomber at least had each other's company. Most bombers had two gunners stationed in the midsection of the plane. Their main job, of course, was to ward off any attacking fightIf the tail waist ers who flew into their radius of fire. Since fighters often chose that section of the all bomber to attack, the waist gunners had times.

Like new bombardiers, graduates of navigation school were commissioned and sent to a gunnery course. performed one of three duties gunner, radio operator, or aircraft engineer. Most men who washed out during classification were sent on to gunnery school or perhaps to radio or engineers' school. Many enlisted airmen were washedout pilot, bombardier, or navigator trainees. Elmer Zeidman, who ended up as a tail gunner in the 487th Bomb Group, washed out of Enlisted combat airmen usually — Who Were These Combat Airmen?

Upon your pilot's graduation from advanced flight training, you received wings and, in most cases, a commission as a second lieu- tenant. For the newly minted pilots, graduation day was a very proud day indeed. It was the culmination of nearly a year of hard work and intensive learning. Those who made it could look back upon each phase of their training and remember many comrades who had washed out or fallen victim to accidents or other. Nearly 40 percent of those accepted for primary flight training never became pilots.

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