This is an interesting book written by a man who was a B-17 pilot during World War Two. It covers his time growing up in a small miner’s town in Utah, brief college experience, training and twenty-five missions over Europe at a time when about fifty percent of the men who flew the missions were killed in the line of duty.
It was clearly dangerous work. What made things even more dangerous for the author was he was asked to be a path finder and use a specially modified B-17 that used a early version of ground mapping radar to find the target area when weather prevented visual bombing.
High points in this book include descriptions of raids on uboat facilities and an early raid on Berlin. This was particularly interesting because of how soon this took place within the war. It must have been an amazing moment to see Berlin, the heart of Nazi Germany, and know you were among the first to attack the city.
The book is a little light in descriptions of the missions as the book concentrates less on the minute details and more of dangers and issues of flying in the war.
Overall I truly enjoyed the book. It is an easy read but thought provoking. I enjoyed it very much. If you enjoyed this book then I would recommend reading the following books. Shot at and Missed: Recollections of a World War II Bombardier, by Jack R Myers,
Combat Crew: The Story of 25 Combat Missions Over Europe From the Daily Journal, By John Comer.and
Bringing the Thunder: The Missions of a World War II B-29 Pilot in the Pacific by Gordon Bennett Robertson