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    The Wild Blue Yonder and Beyond: The 95th Bomb Group in War and Peace (Hardback) By (author) Rob Morris, With Ian Hawkins

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    DescriptionThis title recounts the definitive history of the 95th Bomb Group from World War II to today. It includes rare images from the 95th's archives of the men and the planes they flew. It combines oral and archival history to give the story a personal dimension. The 95th Bomb Group (Heavy), the most highly decorated bomb group of World War II, participated in every major mission of the war from May 1943 through the war's end and won an unprecedented three Presidential Unit Citations (known as the Distinguished Unit Citation before 1966). Flying the celebrated B-17 Flying Fortress, the 95th was the first U.S. bomb group to bomb Berlin - a feat that put it in the centerfold of LIFE magazine - and the last group to lose a plane over Europe in World War II. Over 600 men in the 95th never came home. "The Wild Blue Yonder and Beyond" is the first book to cover a World War II bomber group from its inception through the present day. Utilizing interviews with nearly a hundred air war veterans, dozens of unpublished crew memoirs, all the bomb group's official mission reports from the National Archives, and nearly a hundred other sources, the book provides a deep tactical and human understanding of the group. Also included are the stories of the veterans' wives and families, who fought a different kind of war at home, and the residents of Horham, whose tiny English village was suddenly on the war's front lines. Intensely human, exhaustively researched, and lovingly told, this book is certain to be a classic in the field and a resource for anyone interested in the workings of a World War II bomber group.

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    The Wild Blue Yonder and Beyond
    The 95th Bomb Group in War and Peace
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Rob Morris, With Ian Hawkins
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 400
    Width: 150 mm
    Height: 230 mm
    Thickness: 34 mm
    Weight: 776 g
    ISBN 13: 9781597977128
    ISBN 10: 1597977128

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    B&T General Subject: 520
    BISAC V2.8: HIS027140
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    Ingram Subject Code: HM
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/1940
    Libri: I-HM
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    DC22: 940.54/4973
    DC23: 940.544973
    LC classification: D790.253 95TH .M65 2012
    Illustrations note
    72 b&w photos; 30 line drawings; notes; glossary; bibliography; index
    Potomac Books Inc
    Imprint name
    Potomac Books Inc
    Publication date
    27 September 2012
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    Author Information
    ROB MORRIS is a high school history and English teacher with a lifelong interest in the World War II air war. He is the author of Untold Valor: Forgotten Stories of American Bomber Crews over Europe in World War II (Potomac Books, Inc., 2006). He lives near Idaho Falls, Idaho. IAN HAWKINS first became interested in the history of the Eighth Air Force as a young boy growing up in England surrounded by the airfields from which the aircrews flew. He is the author of B-17s Over Berlin: Personal Stories from the 95th Bomb Group (Potomac Books, Inc., 2004). He lives in Bacton, Suffolk, England.