Half a Wing, Three Engines and a Prayer
B-17's Over Germany 2nd Revised edition
By (author) Brian D. O'Neill
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Half a Wing, Three Engines and a Prayer by Brian D. O'Neill
Book DescriptionIn 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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Book DetailsISBN: 9780071341455
(228mm x 152mm x 29mm)
Imprint: McGraw-Hill Professional
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education - Europe
Publish Date: 1-May-1999
Country of Publication: United States
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The 303rd Bombardment Group was one of the first B-17 units to be assigned to the Eighth Air Force in England in September 1942. This title includes a comprehensive listing of missions flown, combat losses and medal winners together with numerous first hand accounts.
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Author Biography - Brian D. O'Neill
Brian D. O'Neill, is the General Counsel of Curtiss-Wright Corporation, the famous aviation company that manufactured the Curtiss P-40 fighter and the B-17's Wright Cyclone engines during World War II. Before becoming an attorney, he served with the U.S. Navy as a detroyer gunner officer and shipyard repair officer. An avid student of Eighth Air Force history, he resides in East Windsor, New Jersey.
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