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Publisher's Summary

On his 19th birthday, James E. Brown tries to fake to his flight instructor that he has flown before. On his 21st birthday, Brown is on his way home after logging 85 missions in a P-47 fighter over Italy, France, and Germany.

Brown's stories surrounding his training and combat experiences in World War II reveal brushes with death, continuous peril and, ultimately, a coming of age for a young man whose freshman year in college becomes instead a heroic engagement with one of the fiercest enemies his country has ever encountered.

Ever dutiful to the mother who tells him to "write it down, Jamie", Brown notes his experiences in the journal she provides and adds detail later to deliver a firsthand account of life as a pilot in the final months of combat within the European Theater.

Serving as Tail-End Charley - the last man out - in most of the missions he flew, Brown's job was to record results for the interrogation officers afterward. But Brown offers much more insight in this memoir. Follow his triumphs and travails with colleagues who become lifelong compatriots during an indelible period in American history.

©2017 James E. Brown (P)2018 Tantor

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Good read !

Honest, well written and interesting. A very good read, especially if your an aviation fan or a WWII buff.

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Good performance, ok srory<br />

Interesting story about P47 fliers near the end of WWIi. The narrator tried to build up suspense and I kept waiting for more action. Don't get me wrong, author and his colleagues made a great contribution and sacrifice, but a little mundane.

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Outstanding History

This is an outstanding historical account of the men who flew the P-47 “Jug” in the Mediterranean theater of World War II. James E. Brown did a wonderful job of capturing and writing about the story of his and his friend’s training before the war and then the combat they experienced together that followed. Highly recommended for reading or listening pleasure. A very important historical record of that time.

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great book

this was really well done. I'm very interested in history and this fills in a lot of gaps and made it feel like I was there.

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A genuine book

Really loved listening the memoirs. Not just the heroic moments but the comedic experiences too. I only wished I could've see the pictures referenced. I tried to look some up but didn't have any luck.

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Authentic

Although sometimes the tome repeats,it can be a good thing. The author never brags in fact he lessens his roll in the war. I listened to it non stop a rarity for me. It is a hopeful diary of someone living day to day. I recommend his story.

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good story but bob souer sounds like Stephen hawking's computer. needs to be read by someone else that can put the excited into the story.

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Heartfelt memoir of a young man flying fighters

Eloquently written daily memoir of combat aviation over Europe with fond memories of friends long past and conflicting emotions on gruelling missions.

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dry story, astonishingly devoid of energy

boring story of a boring young pilot with a boring repetitive job in one of the best airplanes of ww2. monotone narrator who seems to to have a disdain for inflection and punctuation.
several times different events are retold tandem.
I think the narrator found a way to pad his by the hour billing.

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As it was

This book is well written and well read. The style is matter of fact and undramatic. I suspect that it gives a truly authentic account of life as a fighter bomber pilot in the last months of the war. Dangerous and unglamorous and far removed from the “knight of the sky” fighter pilot image. It also underlines just how well trained USAAF pilots were at this stage of the war. First class.