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Of Stirlings and Stalags: an air-gunner’s tale By W.E. ‘Bill’ Goodman
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When William ‘Bill’ Goodman died in 2002 little did his daughters know the extent of the memoirs he had been writing in the few years before his death. Bill’s life, from joining... More > the RAF in 1941 at the age of 18 to his demob in 1948, was fraught with adventure. He describes his service with 7 Squadron at Oakington; he then highlights the terrifying events of the night their Stirling was shot down over Holland, his subsequent incarceration at Stalag Luft 3, periods in other camps and, finally, the long debilitating march back home. All this with fascinating commentary, vivid description and the intimacy of his experience. The reader will meet his fellow airmen and POWs, the man who shot down their Stirling on that eventful night, the heroes of the Dutch resistance and, surprisingly, a kindly and caring guard in Stalag Luft 3! A fascinating first-hand account of a young man’s wartime experience.< Less
Fifty Missions Over Europe: The Diary of a B-24 Top Turret Gunner By Janis L. Clark
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This is a transcript of a diary written during early 1944 by a B-24 Engineer/Turret Gunner, stationed at Foggia, Italy with the 15th Air Force. It tells of his missions and the life in camp.
Fifty Missions Over Europe: The Diary of a B-24 Top Turret Gunner By Janis L. Clark
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This is a transcript of a diary written during early 1944 by a B-24 Engineer/Turret Gunner, stationed at Foggia, Italy with the 15th Air Force. It tells of his missions and the life in camp.
Pappy’s War: A B-17 Gunner’s World War II Memoir By John "Pappy" Paris
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Merriam Press Military Monograph 17. First eBook Edition (October 2012). Memoir by a B-17 top turret gunner of the 600th Bomb Squadron, 398th Bomb Group, Eighth Air Force, shot down, POW. Contents:... More > “Big Ass Bird”; “Greetings…”; England; Hamburg—First Blood; Big “B”, Berlin, June 21, 1944; Milk Run; London Town; The Red Lion; Toulouse; Mayday (M’daidez); Bailout; Dulag Luft, Frankfurt; Kriegie; The Black March; Escape; Back Up, Joe!; 398th Bombardment Group (H); Boeing B-17G “Flying Fortress” Flies Again in the Markings of the 398th Bomb Group. 42 photos and illus., 2 appendices.< Less
Memoirs from the Suicide Seat: Letters Home from a WWII B-17 Ball Turret Gunner By John Avrett, Meghan Avrett
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Widely recognized as one of the most dangerous places to serve during World War II, being a member of a B-17 bomber crew flying over occupied Europe must have been an inexplicably hellish experience.... More > The most dangerous of all the air crew positions was undeniably the ball turret gunner. Nicknamed the “suicide seat”, the ball turret was by no means a glamorous place to be and was reserved for only the smallest and the toughest. The following series of letters and artifacts chronicles the final months of life for one B-17 ball turret gunner. The story of the man speaks for itself over the following pages. Standing at a height of 5’ 6” and weighing in at barely 110 pounds, John V. Avrett definitely fit the bill for the position of ball turret gunner. The following letters were transcribed word-for-word from J.V.’s handwritten letters. This work was completed in an effort of both preservation and investigation into the life of an American soldier during the war.< Less
Memoirs from the Suicide Seat: Letters Home from a WWII B-17 Ball Turret Gunner By John Avrett, Meghan Avrett
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Widely recognized as one of the most dangerous places to serve during World War II, being a member of a B-17 bomber crew flying over occupied Europe must have been an inexplicably hellish experience.... More > The most dangerous of all the air crew positions was undeniably the ball turret gunner. Nicknamed the “suicide seat”, the ball turret was by no means a glamorous place to be and was reserved for only the smallest and the toughest. The following series of letters and artifacts chronicles the final months of life for one B-17 ball turret gunner. The story of the man speaks for itself over the following pages. Standing at a height of 5’ 6” and weighing in at barely 110 pounds, John V. Avrett definitely fit the bill for the position of ball turret gunner. The following letters were transcribed word-for-word from J.V.’s handwritten letters. This work was completed in an effort of both preservation and investigation into the life of an American soldier during the war.< Less
My Combat Diary With Eighth Air Force B-17s 390th Bomb Group By Andrew Anzanos
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B-17 "Flying Fortress" Combat Diary of Andy Anzanos, 26 missions, credited with destruction of an ME-110 and damaging an ME-109. Many engine failures and massive rocket attack made for a... More > memorable experience. Loss of all room mates and their aircraft "Liberty Bell-e." Soon after completing his combat missions, Andy was shot down by friendly fire. Also writes of other training experiences. Andy is also a major designer and builder of the 390th Memorial Museum in Tucson, Arizona dedicated to his bomb group.< Less
My Combat Diary with "Liberty Bell-e": Eighth Air Force B-17 390th Bomb Group By Andrew Anzanos
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B-17 "Flying Fortress" Combat Diary of Andy Anzanos, 26 missions, credited with destruction of an ME-110 and damaging an ME-109. Many engine failures and massive rocket attack made for a... More > memorable experience. Loss of all room mates and their aircraft "Liberty Bell-e." Soon after completing his combat missions, Andy was shot down by friendly fire. Also writes of other training experiences. Andy is also a major designer and builder of the 390th Memorial Museum in Tucson, Arizona dedicated to his bomb group.< Less
One Mission to Ploesti By Robert Moore
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On April 5, 1944, Staff Sgt Robert P. Moore Set off on what would be his first and last mission as a Tail Gunner in a B-17. Forced to bail out over Enemy Territory, Robert’s four month journey... More > behind enemy lines is an inspiration to his family and friends.< Less
ZIG-ZAG - The Hampdens of 420(RCAF) Squadron RAF By Peter J Sainty
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Second Edition, revised and expanded. Illustrated. The story of the Handley-Page Hampdens of 420(RCAF)Squadron, Royal Air Force, and the men who flew and maintained them. Includes details of... More > casualties, Prisoners of War and awards.< Less