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    DescriptionStephen E. Ambrose, acclaimed author of "Band of Brothers "and "Undaunted Courage," carries us along in the crowded and dangerous B-24s as their crews fought to destroy the German war machine during World War II. The young men who flew the B-24s over Germany in World War II fought against horrific odds, and, in "The Wild Blue, " Ambrose recounts their extraordinary heroism, skill, daring, and comradeship with vivid detail and affection. Ambrose describes how the Army Air Forces recruited, trained, and selected the elite few who would undertake the most demanding and dangerous jobs in the war. These are the boys--turned pilots, bombardiers, navigators, and gunners of the B-24s--who suffered over fifty percent casualties. With his remarkable gift for bringing alive the action and tension of combat, Ambrose carries us along in the crowded, uncomfortable, and dangerous B-24s as their crews fought to the death through thick black smoke and deadly flak to reach their targets and destroy the German war machine. Twenty-two-year-old George McGovern, who was to become a United States senator and a presidential candidate, flew thirty-five combat missions (all the Army would allow) and won the Distinguished Flying Cross. We meet him and his mates, his co-pilot killed in action, and crews of other planes. Many went down in flames. As "Band of Brothers" and "Citizen Soldiers" portrayed the bravery and ultimate victory of the American soldiers from Normandy on to Germany, "The Wild Blue "illustrates the enormous contribution that these young men of the Army Air Forces made to the Allied victory.


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    Title
    The Wild Blue
    Subtitle
    The Men and Boys Who Flew the B-24s over Germany 1944-45
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Stephen E. Ambrose
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 299
    Width: 152 mm
    Height: 229 mm
    Thickness: 19 mm
    Weight: 340 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780743223096
    ISBN 10: 0743223098
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    LC classification: D790 .A786 2002, D790.A786
    Edition statement
    Touchstone ed
    Publisher
    SIMON & SCHUSTER
    Imprint name
    SIMON & SCHUSTER
    Publication date
    16 September 2002
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Review quote
    Larry King "USA Today" Brilliant...It is a terrific story.