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Posted: 5/18/2002 3:35:10 PM EST
Well not really a review, just thought I'd let you know if you are interested in the history of the Army Air Corps and the role played by the B-24 Liberator, then you should give this book a read.

It's the story of George McGovern, who served as a B-24 Pilot in the 15th Air Force. He ended up station at Cerignola, Italy and flew 35 bombing missing from there. After 35 missions you were allowed to come home. Shortly after he flew his last mission over Linz, Austria, Germany surrendered.

McGovern stated that the thing they most feared were the German 88mm Flak guns, those were very deadly. There was no defense against them once you reached your Initial Point and turned you had to fly straight and level for the bomb sights to accurately drop the bombs.

Anyway you might enjoy it. The B-24 was a great heavy bomber. It did not get nearly the publicity that it deserved. Within a year after the war ended most B-24s had been cut up into scrap. According to the book there are currently only 2 flying B-24 left.
Link Posted: 5/18/2002 4:07:55 PM EST
Outstanding book.

I liked it better than B.O.B.

Must have been cause my Grandfather flew 24s.
Link Posted: 5/18/2002 4:17:22 PM EST
Is this the book by Ambrose? Or is this the one he plagerized from?
Either way i've heard it was a good read.
Link Posted: 5/18/2002 4:18:48 PM EST
My father was the nosegunner on a B24, but I have to admit this book was a bit on the boring side.  BOB was much better, as was D-Day and Citizen Soldiers.
Link Posted: 5/18/2002 4:23:55 PM EST
Is this the book by Ambrose? Or is this the one he plagerized from?
Either way i've heard it was a good read.
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Yes its by Stephen Ambrose, I neglected to mention that.

My father was a B-24 pilot during the war. I always wondered how you could fly all those missions and never make Captain, but thats exactly what happened to McGovern and my father.
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