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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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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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Good performance, ok srory

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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of the preciseness, preparedness and skill behind WWII fighter pilots

I was amazed to learn of the dedication and perseverance behind WWII fighter pilots described from the very personal viewpoint of an actual pilot whose memory was astounding. I was proud to read of the efforts of so many people who did their jobs so well, both in the planes and on the ground. The gore of war was mentioned but not emphasized, as fighter pilots were at a distance from the conflict. I was amazed to learn that Mr. Brown lost 25 pounds during his rather short European duty because food was scarce. Although I normally shy away from war stories, this one was real and personal without seeming overwhelming to read. Thank you, Mr. Brown.

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Outstanding story

Outstanding story telling and great insight into the lives of the young men who fought

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Loved it!

Great story about a humble but heroic example of the greatest generation. highly recommend. dont wait. ..just get it!

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So entertaining - I was sad when it was over

The amazing personal story provided insight on the activities and relationships that form during a critical time of the war. I was so entertained by the experience I was tempted to listen to It immediately again. You start to love each and everyone of his buddies and have genuine affection for the author. What a story he shared.

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The way it was

Good story about the every day lives of World War II fighter pilots as seen from the cockpit of a P47 fighter plane. It provides a perspective of every day strafing and dive bombing which you don’t see another books

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great book.

great narrator great story a must for all who want to know what flying in want 2 was like.

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  • 05-03-18

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.

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  • 09-20-19

Great listen

Thoroughly enjoyed this book, had me smiling from ear to ear at some points. Very interesting from start to finish.

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  • 05-08-19

Touching and amazing story

absolutely loved it! it was a touching story and really gave an insight into what it was like for a ww2 pilot.