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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.
The Wild Blue
A Sacrifice for Their Country Beyond Imagination
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.
The battle descriptions.
The weaving of many lives into one mission.
The narrator will drive you nuts at first, but stick with it. His style really works in the combat sequences.
The combat sequences had a profound affect on me.
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.
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.
The Army Air Corps' finest hour.
The Stalinist in Britain did a great disservice to American Airmen and true patriots fighting both the Nazis and the Communists.
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