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Andrew Scott McClanahan

I've lived in Austin, Texas, for over 10 years, not Houston. World War II is my lifelong interest since my father was a combat veteran in the 8th Air Force. I grew up with pilots, bombardiers, and navigators. They told me many stories of their experiences and I cannot get enough of books and documentaries.

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  • The Forgotten 500

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Gregory A. Freeman
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (527)
    Performance
    (219)
    Story
    (226)

    Here is the astonishing, never-before-told story of the greatest rescue mission of World War II: when the OSS set out to recover more than 500 airmen trapped behind enemy lines. During a bombing campaign, hundreds of American airmen were shot down in Nazi-occupied Yugoslavia. Local Serbian villagers risked their own lives to give refuge to the soldiers, and for months the airmen lived in hiding, waiting for rescue.

    Ron says: "an amazing tale"
    "A wonderful and little known story."
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    What did you like best about this story?

    The magnitude of this story and its exclusion from WWII documentaries makes it truly amazing. The timeline and buildup to the climax made this a compelling book.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The Army Air Corps' finest hour.


    Any additional comments?

    The Stalinist in Britain did a great disservice to American Airmen and true patriots fighting both the Nazis and the Communists.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • To Kingdom Come: An Epic Saga of Survival in the Air War Over Germany

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Robert J. Mrazek
    • Narrated By David Drummond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    On September 6, 1943, 338 B-17 "Flying Fortresses" of the American Eighth Air Force took off from England, bound for Stuttgart, Germany, to bomb Nazi weapons factories. Dense clouds obscured the targets, and one commander's critical decision to circle three times over the city---and its deadly flak---would prove disastrous. Forty-five planes went down that day, and hundreds of men were lost or missing.

    Andrew Scott McClanahan says: "38 Planes Were Sent Out. Only 2 Returned."
    "38 Planes Were Sent Out. Only 2 Returned."
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    What did you love best about To Kingdom Come?

    The battle descriptions.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The weaving of many lives into one mission.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The narrator will drive you nuts at first, but stick with it. His style really works in the combat sequences.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The combat sequences had a profound affect on me.


    Any additional comments?

    The book takes some time to get going. Like the squadrons of Boeings forming over England, the characters are gathered in a large intro to the fateful mission. Keep with it. What these men went through deserves patience.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Masters of the Air: America’s Bomber Boys Who Fought the Air War Against Nazi Germany

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Donald L. Miller
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (331)
    Performance
    (290)
    Story
    (291)

    This is the dramatic story of the American bomber boys in World War II who brought the war to Hitler’s doorstep. With the narrative power of fiction, this is a harrowing ride through the fire-filled skies over Berlin, Hanover, and Dresden. Fighting at twenty-five thousand feet in thin, freezing air no warriors had encountered before, bomber crews battled new kinds of assaults on body and mind. Air combat was deadly but intermittent: periods of inactivity and anxiety were followed by short bursts of fire and fear.

    Olaf says: "Facts and Emotions Masterfully Combined"
    "The Mighty Eighth story is told in full"
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    What did you love best about Masters of the Air?

    This is a long book with many details. There are so many stories. If just one book about the Mighty Eighth is bought, this is definitely the one.


    What other book might you compare Masters of the Air to and why?

    The Wild Blue


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    A Sacrifice for Their Country Beyond Imagination


    Any additional comments?

    There is one sentence in this book that made a great impression on me:

    "Mass education made the 8th Air Force."

    Our nation's public education system before the war created so many quality Air Corp officers, America completely overwhelmed the Luftwaffe.

    The air battles over Europe defy comprehension. This book expands that impression an order of magnitude.

    I will listen to it again.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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