Book describes just what the title says...from training to bombing missions to POW status and everything in between. It's well researched and well written with personal vignettes that are illuminating and illustrative. It's mostly about 8AF and 15AF (the other European numbered air force) gets short shrift in the deal. Probably, the book would have been too long. I enjoyed learning more about that time in history.
For the WWII enthusiast, this title is a must. Masters of the Air is an excellent read, one of which I enjoyed from cover to cover. There is plenty of insight, information, and detail about the battles fought in the air over Europe, and all told from the first hand accounts of those whom flew the missions. So much detail in fact that (at times) you might get bored or lose your train of thought. I was thoroughly interested from cover to cover but some of the historical anecdotes were very administrative and lacked the personality of the individual crewman which makes for a long(er) read.
There are countless historical pieces which provide the reader/listener with insight from noted reporters such as Cronkrite, and Rooney, and the interviews and personal quotes from such notables as Chuck Yeager, and Tom Landry are enlightening and refreshing. Even learning of the eventual loss of Glen Miller had my ear. From a broader perspective nothing is left out which leads to a very long, long read. Without the excellent, even-toned narration, ones mind might start to drift.
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This is a fantastic look at the battle in the air Germany during World War II. Dealing with a subject fraught with debate and controversy, Miller skillfully navigates through a unique chapter in human history, one never seen before and one we will never see again. Never glamorizing their fight nor demonizing the men for the actions they took Miller tells a story full struggle, triumph, and death. This is a must listen for any one interested in the history of the Second World War.
You hear the voices of the "bomber boys" and those on the receiving end of the raids
The witness accounts of fire storms. Very chilling.
This book has accounts of the heroism of ordinary people
As the years pass, WW2 has receded in to folklore. It has become almost unreal. This book reminds us of what the golden generation gave up for us and what we owe them
Intense, educational, revealing
The flights of heavy bombers into, what appeared and was for most, certain death
A "You Are There" quality
Many moments..Heavies going down, RAF and American fighters going down and winningOne incident does stand out and without giving a total reveal the story Andy Rooney relates about a certain "belly gunner" he saw
An intense book...Educational...scary...mind bending. I've listened twice. Will listen again. Picking up this and that I missed the first 2 times around
The leaders, from Carl Spatz and Ira Eaker, to the Wing and Squadron Commanders and pilots in the planes.
Jimmy Dolittle. While most familiar with his name will recall his Tokyo Raid, this book covers his involvement in the European Air War.
The discussions of the POW camps in Germany, and the "holding" camps for those who ended up in Switzerland. This was an aspect of the book that was unexpected, that made this a more complete history.
This book is a great one-stop source for anyone interested in the History of Daylight Strategic Bombing in Europe.
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The flow; the poignant narrative kept me fully engaged.
Indeed, the sad moment when the belly gunner was crushed to death.
Dean does an excellent job in reading the story.
I really enjoyed this book because the author humanized much of this conflict for me and helped me appreciate just how harrowing air combat was in the 1940s. He offers many specific stories about what individuals went through preparing for and executing very dangerous missions. Beyond that, he also tells in detail what the German civilians endured as a result of Hilter's determination to continue even when it was clear the war was lost. This is much more than just a dry historical recounting of the war as a whole. It is very personal and engaging. I highly recommend this book.
The story provides great insights into the development of bomber warfare. Many recognized names (Dolittle, Yeager, Vonnegut, Gable, Rooney) in common knowledge are placed in the story with the background and their role in the war. The story also portrays the tragedy of leaders with strong wills and poor insight. These stories always make me appreciate the sacrifices those before me made in this war.
The story becomes more muddled towards the end with repeats of events to tell from a different perspective or to make a different point. There was also some confusion (in my mind at least) as to the effectiveness and role bombing played in WWII. As such, I wasn't sorry to get to the end of the book. Otherwise, it was a quick and interesting read.
The narrator did a very good job with a voice and style that was easy to listen to but carried the gravitas expected for this subject.
We have all read or heard of the wonders of Tom Brokaw's "Greatest Generation". We now have that translated into the European air war of World War II. The format and detail of the story line was well developed and consistent as you proceed through the war.
The use of detailed history of events, coupled with the "human" factor of individual stories, made the entire book a pleasure.