Monday, April 17, 2017

Deadly Sky

Deadly Sky: The American Combat Airman in World War II by John C. McManus  480 pp.

This is another excellent book on World War II by Dr. McManus. This time he covers all aspects of the experiences of bomber and fighter crews in the European, African, and Pacific theaters. Every facet of this book is taken from primary sources, either interviews with the airmen, or taken from their writings, journals, and letters home. Their stories disabuse any notions created by movies and the media of flying in wartime as glamorous. The hardships most faced were real and many times horrendous. Many of the stories are heart-wrenching as crews dealt with the loss of fellow crew members and other flyers in their units. In spite of the seriousness of the topic there are the occasional amusing anecdotes as well. As always, McManus has written a readable account while still including lots of facts and information.

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