~ Memories of World War II ~
AVIATION / WORLD WAR II / MEMOIRS /
First Edition – May 2014 ISBN: 978-0-9818238-3-6
Read Review by Allen Benzing, B-24 Team Leader and Historian, Commemorative Air Force, August 2014
This book features ten veterans who share their memories of their World War II experiences. These men lived through the inherent dangers of the war—whether attacking a surfaced German submarine, bailing out of a disabled bomber or a fighter plane on fire, landing cargo gliders behind enemy lines amidst gunfire, fighting in vicious aerial combat, or tending to the wounded and dying after a horrendous kamikaze attack on the USS Saratoga. Veterans include: a radar operator and a radio operator who served together on a B-24 Liberator; a B-17 engineering officer; four glider pilots who flew the Waco CG-4A and British Horsa; and three fighter pilots who flew the P-51 Mustang, P-40 Warhawk, and F6F Hellcat. Their stories unfold largely in their own words—whether derived from verbal interviews or from poignant and detailed handwritten journals. Typed excerpts from these remarkable journals are included; much of this personal history has not been previously published. Foreword by Budd Davisson, Editor-in-Chief, Flight Journal.
6”x9” paperback, 264 pages, more than 270 photos.
Part One – Air Crew Members
Chapter 1 – Homer Marion Barnes, 8th Antisubmarine Squadron and Squadron H 2510th AAFBU Gone West – August 11, 2012
Chapter 2 – Fenton L. Robinson, 8th Antisubmarine Squadron, 373rd Bomb Squadron of the 308th Bomb Group, and Squadron AO 3505th AAFBU Gone West – September 24, 2009
Chapter 3 – Chester Leigh “Chet” Peek, 412th Bomb Squadron of the 95th Bomb Group
Part Two – Glider Pilots
Chapter 4 – George Edward Boyle, 319th Troop Carrier Squadron, 1st Air Commando Group Gone West – April 17, 2016
Chapter 5 – George Leonard “Lennie” Williams, 87th Troop Carrier Squadron of the 438th Troop Carrier Group Gone West – October 7, 2014
Chapter 6 – Norman Carroll “Boots” Wilmeth, 91st Troop Carrier Squadron of the 439th Troop Carrier Group Gone West – July 7, 2014
Chapter 7 – George Irvin Theis, 98th Troop Carrier Squadron of the 440th Troop Carrier Group
Part Three – Fighter Pilots
Chapter 8 – Anthony Henry “Tony” Goebel, 487th Squadron of the 352nd Fighter Group
Chapter 9 – Cary Benjamin “Ben” Jones, 316th Fighter Squadron of the 324th Fighter Group
Chapter 10 – Clarence Paul Ratliff, Fighting Squadrons VF74, VF48 AND VF34 [Awarded France’s Legion of Honor medal, June 16, 2016]
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