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    The True Story of Catch 22: The Real Men and Missions of Joseph Heller's 340th Bomb Group in World War II (Hardback) By (author) Patricia Chapman Meder

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    DescriptionProof that any resemblance to persons living or dead in Joseph Heller's Catch-22 is, in fact, actual After the publication of his best-selling novel Joseph Heller usually chose to deny that any of his richly drawn characters were based on his actual war mates. However, to those who served with Heller in the 340th Bomb Group the novel's characters were indeed recognisable; from the hard-drinking, vengeful, and disillusioned Chief White Half Oat; young, sliced-in-half Kid Sampson; shrieking, frenzied Hungry Joe; to Colonel Cathcart, Doc Dreedle, Yossarian and that capitalist supreme, Milo Minderbinder. In this book we finally encounter the real men and combat missions on which the novel was based. Blending fact, fancy, and history with full-blown original illustrations and rare, previously unpublished photos of these daring USAAF flyers and their Corsican-based B-25 Marauders, along with descriptions of the 340th's real wartime events, the work includes twelve men of the Bomb Group relating twelve richly told tales of their own. Now all of the men upon whom Heller based his characters are gone. However, the last survivor, George L. Wells, was an extraordinary combat pilot and the model for Catch-22s Capt. Wren, and he is the common thread who weaves through this book, allowing the reader to truly feel the war and even thumb through George's well-worn mission book describing attacks on Axis ports, ships, bridges, and the notorious Brenner Pass. Author Patricia Chapman Meder has been a professional artist in both fine and commercial art for the past 35 years,13 of them in Europe. When Catch-22 was published it was quickly apparent that this book was based on the Bomb Group her father commanded in World War II. This true-life parallel book thus begged to be written.


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    Title
    The True Story of Catch 22
    Subtitle
    The Real Men and Missions of Joseph Heller's 340th Bomb Group in World War II
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Patricia Chapman Meder
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 288
    Width: 152 mm
    Height: 229 mm
    Thickness: 21 mm
    Weight: 508 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781612001036
    ISBN 10: 1612001033
    Classifications

    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1KBB
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC subject category V2: HBWQ
    BIC time period qualifier V2: 3JJH
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.4
    BIC E4L: WAR
    LC subject heading:
    BIC subject category V2: HBJK
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    BIC subject category V2: JWG
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    DC22: B
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15590
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 01
    LC subject heading:
    B&T General Subject: 520
    BISAC V2.8: HIS027140
    LC subject heading:
    Ingram Subject Code: HM
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/1940
    Libri: I-HM
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15570
    BISAC V2.8: HIS027100
    BIC subject category V2: FZC
    B&T Approval Code: A44702534, A14204062
    LC subject heading:
    BIC subject category V2: 1KBB
    LC subject heading:
    BIC subject category V2: 3JJH
    DC22: 940.54/4973
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    BISAC V2.8: HIS027110
    DC23: 940.5449730922
    LC classification: D790.253 340TH .M43 2012
    Illustrations note
    illustrated throughout
    Publisher
    Casemate Books
    Imprint name
    Casemate Books
    Publication date
    01 August 2012
    Publication City/Country
    Havertown