The Bomber Boys
Heroes Who Flew the B-17s in World War IIBook - 2009
In World War II, there were all too many ways for a fighting man to die. But no theater of operations offered more fatal choices than the skies above Nazi-occupied Europe. Inside a B-17 bomber, thousands of feet above the earth, death was always a moment away. From the hellish storms of enemy flak and relentless strafing of Luftwaffe fighters, to midair collisions, mechanical failure, and simple bad luck, it was a wonder any man would volunteer for such dangerous duty. But some very brave men did.
Some paid the ultimate price. Some made it home. But in the end, all would achieve victory.
Author Travis L. Ayres has gathered a collection of previously untold personal accounts of combat and camaraderie aboard the B-17 bombers that flew in countless sorties against the enemy, as related by the men who lived and fought in the air - and survived. They are stories of heroism, sacrifice, miraculous survival, and merciless warfare. And they should all be remembered.