One of Thousands: A Navigator In the European Air War

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Jules “Julie” Lasner volunteered for service after the United States entered World War II, and he was trained as a navigator in a B-17 Flying Fortress. Lasner flew twenty-seven missions over occupied Europe during the final phases of a strategic bombing campaign against Germany, dodging the Luftwaffe’s anti-aircraft defenses in the cold, wintry skies. Based on interviews with Lasner as well as his wartime correspondence, this book offers a glimpse into his experiences as a member of the 8th Air Force. Along with thousands of others, he pounded the Third Reich around the clock in a four-engine bomber over the last eight months of the war. This account offers an insider’s look into the state of the German air defenses as well as some of the effects of the strategic bomb offensive. Lasner’s story shows that one person’s experiences and decisions affect many people, and it also reveals how he was affected by total war. Go beyond the statistics that... More > so often dehumanize conflict with One of Thousands.< Less
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  • By Christian Schwinghammer
    May 15, 2015
    An interesting and intimate look at the US bombing campaign over Germany during the last six months of WWII from the view of a Jules Lasner from New York. Lasner was a Lieutenant and navigator in a B-17 Flying Fortress belonging to the 602nd Bombardment Squadron, 398th Bomb Group in the 8th Air Force and participated in 27 bombing raids over Germany from late autumn 1944 until the war's end. The book is biographical account of Lasner's experiences, both as a navigator but also as an American Jew, encountering anti-antisemitism in the USAAF, both in the States and when deployed in England.The book also goes into great detail when it comes to the 27 bombing missions over Germany, especially when it comes to successes and losses when encountering the German Air Defenses in the form of heavy Flak (AA) defenses around and in German cities and factory areas as well as the attacks by the weakened but still potentially lethal Jagdfliegers of the Luftwaffe who throwed all that could take off... More > agains the B-17 formations, including the Me 262 Jet Fighter. The Author has made many in depth interviews wit Jules Lasner which are the base of this book. Highly recommended reading...< Less
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April 15, 2015
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