By John C. McManus
“McManus is a grasp of the artwork of oral historical past and one of many amazing historians of worldwide warfare II.”—Donald L. Miller, writer of Masters of the Air
John C. McManus, writer of The useless and people approximately to Die and September Hope, unearths the phobia and triumph that shared the fiery skies of worldwide conflict II—from the 1st dogfights over Europe to the final Kamikaze assaults over the Pacific.
This insightful chronicle takes readers contained in the reviews of America’s fighter pilots and bomber crews, an immense collection of fellows who, in approximately 4 years of battle everywhere in the globe, suffered over 120,000 casualties with over 40,000 killed.
Their tales span the earth into each nook of the wrestle theaters in either Europe and the Pacific. And the airplane explored are as diverse, tricky, and mythical because the males who flew them—from the indomitable heavy-duty warhorse that used to be the B-17 Flying castle to the smooth, deadly P-51 Mustang fighter.
In Deadly Sky, grasp historian John C. McManus is going past the well-known stories of aerial heroism, shooting the attractions and sounds, the toil and worry, the adrenaline and the discomfort of the yank airmen who confronted loss of life with each undertaking. during this very important, thoroughly-researched paintings, McManus uncovers the genuine nature of fighting—and dying—in the skies over international warfare II.
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Extra info for Deadly Sky: The American Combat Airman in World War II
Joseph gineer in the 483d Bomb Beswick, a top turret gunner/en- Group, found dedication truly amazing. " To do this, these important attributes American combat airmen had gerness. But they also What were to possess as youth, physical fitness, intelligence, had to possess a such and ea- unique kind of character. they like? America's wartime propaganda machine often portrayed them as glamorous, devil-may-care flyboys laughing in the face of death. This is more myth than reality, although a few fighter pilots did fit that stereotype.
In the ditional duty. European theater, radio operators often had one adThey threw strips of aluminum foil, known as "chaff," out of the plane to jam runs, his German radar. " One of the most harrowing jobs on a B-17 or B-24 crew was ball turret gunner. Both of those aircraft came equipped with a turret under their bellies. It was electrically powered into place during a mission so that the plane's vulnerable underbelly would be de- the side of the plane. . the tinsel fended. In order for that to happen, a physical stature, and no man with courage, small traces of claustrophobia had to climb into the tiny turret.
He would pick up radio signals from beacons on the ground and relay the information to the navigator. Hank Koenig his engineer: . . outlined the typical responsibilities of a radio operator: "With few on constant radio alert throughout the mission and was required to keep himself fully informed of the progress of the mission at all times. Working with complex radio codes, he could often pick up and report changes in enemy fighter locations affecting the bomber stream. He also worked exceptions, the radio operator was .
Deadly Sky: The American Combat Airman in World War II by John C. McManus