Reviews of Emil’s Story: Memoir of a WWII Bomber Pilot. Emil's Story: Memoir of a WWII Bomber Pilot – Kindle edition by Linda Audrey Kantor. Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets. Use features like bookmarks, note taking and highlighting while reading Emil's Story: Memoir of a WWII Bomber Pilot.. Buy online at Aviation Bookstore.
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For years, Linda Audrey Kantor has interviewed World War II veterans and published their stories in various venues to preserve their memories and to honor their heroism. With our Greatest Generation fast fading into history, one such interview gradually evolved into Emil's Story: Memoir of a WWII Bomber Pilot. By turns humorous, poignant, and tragic, this intense adventure focuses the war at a personal level–how it was to grow up on an isolated Minnesota farm during Prohibition, to be drafted first in Koochiching County, to leave a sweetheart behind, to be winnowed like grain through rigorous training schools, to be selected to pilot a B-24 bomber, and finally to fly thirty-five missions over the dangerous skies of Nazi Europe, facing death daily from flak, enemy fighters, accidents, and sheer incompetence. It was Emil's Story, but it also was the story of innumerable young men from farm, village, and city alike who, by choice and by circumstance, banded together to answer their nation's call to save the world from Nazi domination. Come along for the flight.
Reviews of I Just Wanted to Fly: The Story of WWII Glider Pilot Bernard Osborn (The Airborne Memoirs Book 2). I Just Wanted to Fly: The Story of WWII Glider Pilot Bernard Osborn (The Airborne Memoirs Book 2) – Kindle edition by Bernard Osborn, David Pasley, David Baverstock, Mike Peters. Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets. Use features like bookmarks, note taking and highlighting while reading I Just Wanted to Fly: The Story of WWII Glider Pilot Bernard Osborn (The Airborne Memoirs Book 2).. Buy online at Aviation Bookstore.
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Growing up in the 1930s, Bernard Osborn developed a fascination with flying. He would visit nearby airfields and peer through the boundary fences just to catch a glimpse of aircraft. It was on a visit to an Empire Air Day display and seeing a Hawker Hurricane for the first time that spurred his dream to become a fighter pilot.
When Bernard turned 18 he went to volunteer with the RAF to become a fighter pilot, only to realise that almost every other young man in the country shared his ambition to fly. Instead, Bernard was called up and eventually ended up training as a member of a tank crew. It was while serving with an armoured unit that he spotted a notice calling for volunteers for the Glider Pilot Regiment. Determined to become a pilot, he volunteered and began a journey that would see him take part in D-Day and Operation Market Garden, and serve in post-war Palestine.
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The Magnificent Flying Machine: PBY Catalina
The PBY Catalina was designed and built in the heart of the great depression. In 1933 the Navy saw the need for a long range reconnaissance and utilitarian airplane which was amphibious. It could operate from a seaplane tender without expensive ground facilities. It would serve as a patrol bomber on occasion and be able to fly in bad weather. That was a tall order in the early years of aviation. The first version of the plane which was accepted had the pilot and co-pilot still in an open cockpit in the nose of the plane. It had massive struts to support the wing pontoons which combined with the inadequately powered engines, made a slow ungainly flying machine but at its worst, it was the best design available at the time.
This book is the story of how that ugly duckling turned into the most versatile, most feared and most valuable airplane in the Unites States arsenal in World War II. The value of the PBY has been sadly neglected in most accounts of the war in the South Pacific. It destroyed more enemy shipping than the submarines, it spotted and enabled the Navy to be forewarned and given the advantage in major sea battles, and it flew in the worst weather under the most adverse conditions. It was tough, reliable and adaptable. The future pilots and crews made it better.
It is time to give the most valuable aircraft ever built its just rewards. This is my salute to a magnificent machine and the brave men who flew them to unbelievable feats. We must never forget that a machine can be incomparable, but if it does not have the proper handlers it will not perform to its full potential. The young civilians who became the professional pilots of WWII turned a useful plane into an unbelievable tool of warfare. This is a "must read" book of valor and dedication to a cause which determined the fate of the free world. The PBY Catalina is a story of America at its finest!
Reviews of World War II Memoirs: Captain and Navigator, March 1942 – December 1945. World War II Memoirs: Captain and Navigator, March 1942 – December 1945 eBook: Robert Travis Rutledge, Rhoda Everett, Elysia Everett Burns: Kindle Store. Buy online at Aviation Bookstore.
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This is the story of a young man from Tennessee who joins the Army Air Corps in 1942 and becomes the navigator of a B-24 Liberator Bomber, flying 50 combat missions in the European theater of World War II.
Robert Rutledge’s memoir starts in 1942, as a nervous teenager waiting in a bus station to take the Army Air Corps Aviation Cadet’s entrance examination. It ends in July 1944, when a confident veteran of 50 bombing missions over Europe sees the Statue of Liberty upon his return home.
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