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Bomber Pilot: A Memoir of World War II Audiobook

Bomber Pilot: A Memoir of World War II

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Publisher's Summary

Winner of the Best Aeronautical Book Award from the Reserve Officers Association of the United States.

"The sky was full of dying airplanes" as American Liberator bombers struggled to return to North Africa after their daring low-level raid on the oil refineries of Ploesti. They lost 446 airmen and 53 planes, but Philip Ardery's plane came home. This pilot was to take part in many more raids on Hitler's Europe, including air cover for the D-Day invasion of Normandy.

This vivid firsthand account records one man's experience of World War II air warfare. Throughout, Ardery testifies to the horror of world war as he describes his fear, his longing for home, and his grief for fallen comrades. Bomber Pilot is a moving contribution to American history.

The book is pubished by The University Press of Kentucky.

©1978 The University Press of Kentucky (P)2015 Redwood Audiobooks

What the Critics Say

"Combines a novelist's eye and a poet's touch." (Air University Review))

"A magnificent story, told simply and without heroics." (Army)

"One of the best early attempts to illustrate the view from the command position." (Flight Journal)

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    Loretta 06-24-15
    Loretta 06-24-15
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    "Fascinating...and true story"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. Great story...helps you to appreciate incredible bravery of our bomber crews.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Bomber Pilot: A Memoir of World War II?

    Raid over Ploesti, Rumania.


    What does James Killavey bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Brought it to life. Excellent reading.


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

    A little bit of each.


    61 of 61 people found this review helpful
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    Ronald 08-08-15
    Ronald 08-08-15
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    "Really enjoyed this book."
    If you could sum up Bomber Pilot: A Memoir of World War II in three words, what would they be?

    Great real story.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Bomber Pilot: A Memoir of World War II?

    The raid over Pelosi.


    What about James Killavey’s performance did you like?

    Everything. He was very good.


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

    Title sounds just fine too me.


    Any additional comments?

    I usually like books that are personal recollections - especially WW 2.. This is no exception. Good descriptions of air combat from the command pilot's perspective. Was an easy listen and made a long car trip very enjoyable. Found myself taking the "scenic" longer route on the way home, just so I could keep listening.

    53 of 53 people found this review helpful
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    Brent 08-14-15
    Brent 08-14-15
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    "Excellent ... all around."
    Would you listen to Bomber Pilot: A Memoir of World War II again? Why?

    Ardery's account of his life as a B-24 pilot is excellent. From all the training it took to simply get into the planes, to combat in the skies over the Mediterranean and Northern Europe, Ardery's account is an even-handed account of what a bomber pilot's life was like.
    The chapter about Ploesti is especially fascinating. James Dugan and Carrol Stewart used Ardery as a source for their book on the subject, and the details of Ardery's part in the
    raid offer some really interesting stuff. Especially intruiging is the background and fate
    of Medal of Honor winner Lloyd Hughes, who was flying on Ardery's wing when when he perished. This book is really good stuff; Steven Ambrose's "Wild Blue" pales in comparison. Ardery doesn't place himself on a hero pedestal, he merely tells of his experiences in a very
    interesting and easy-to-digest style.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The Author


    Which character – as performed by James Killavey – was your favorite?

    Sounded like the author talking to me.


    43 of 43 people found this review helpful
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    Martin 06-24-15
    Martin 06-24-15
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    "Gripping story"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. Gripping story, well written and well read.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The author...duh!


    What about James Killavey’s performance did you like?

    Very good narration ... let the author tell the story without trying to "take over."


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

    Both..in different sections.


    Any additional comments?

    This ranks right up there with my all time favorite WWII flying book..The Wrong Stuff.

    61 of 62 people found this review helpful
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    eulalie 08-08-15
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    "Great book!"
    What made the experience of listening to Bomber Pilot: A Memoir of World War II the most enjoyable?

    The authors presents an excellent recounting of his WWII experience. he is frank, honest, and has an open style. Loved it!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Bomber Pilot: A Memoir of World War II?

    The raid into Poland


    What does James Killavey bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He made me feel like I was there. Very good narration.


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

    Both in different scenes.


    Any additional comments?

    Very enjoyable book

    54 of 55 people found this review helpful
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    Jackie 08-06-15
    Jackie 08-06-15
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    "Wow...these guys were heros!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. Wonderful insight into what it was like in those planes.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The author.


    Have you listened to any of James Killavey’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes. Consistently good.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Nope..too long.


    Any additional comments?

    Normally I stick to Navy books but tried this for a change of pace. Glad I did. It was wonderful..tragic in places but truly showed the heroism of our boys.

    54 of 55 people found this review helpful
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    cindilla Hartford, CT 08-13-15
    cindilla Hartford, CT 08-13-15
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    "Audio even better"
    Where does Bomber Pilot: A Memoir of World War II rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Bomber Pilot: A Memoir of World War II?

    raid in Poland.


    What about James Killavey’s performance did you like?

    Enjoyed it very much. Good narration.


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

    Some of each.


    Any additional comments?

    I read this book a while back and liked it so much I decided to listen, as well.
    If anything...the audio version is better. Get that sense of "being there" more.

    45 of 46 people found this review helpful
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    Madeline 11-18-15
    Madeline 11-18-15
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    "Well done"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Bomber Pilot: A Memoir of World War II to be better than the print version?

    Don't have time to read so this was my only option.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The author, of course.


    Have you listened to any of James Killavey’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I don't think so..He was very competent for this type of book.


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

    Laugh...not so much. Cried a few times at the incredible loss of American lives.


    Any additional comments?

    My husband is in the Air Force but not during a war...Thank God!

    18 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    Stephen Sipe 05-10-17 Member Since 2015
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    "The narrator is so bad I can't listen."
    Would you try another book from Philip Ardery and/or James Killavey?

    If I ever notice this reader again, I will avoid the book. No audio book can succeed with choppy, disconnected reading like this.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Get a different narrator.


    What didn’t you like about James Killavey’s performance?

    Reading not contiguous or smooth.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Bomber Pilot: A Memoir of World War II?

    I don't know, it is probably a great book, but can't stand to hear the narrating.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Travis 01-06-17
    Travis 01-06-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Worst Narration EVER!!"

    Great story but unfortunately the narrator made it almost impossible to finish. He " sings " the story. I will never listen to another book with this narrator!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    "Excellent"

    Very interesting and detailed look into the life of a brave and humble US airman. I found the
    narration not as engaging as other titles but still I'd highly recommend.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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