9780451232274

To Kingdom Come : An Epic Saga of Survival in the Air War over Germany

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  • ISBN13:

    9780451232274

  • ISBN10:

    0451232275

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 3/1/2011
  • Publisher: Penguin Group USA
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Summary

The breathtaking, never-before-told, true story of a historic air- force bombing mission in 1943 Germany. On September 6, 1943, three hundred and thirty-eight B-17 "Flying Fortresses" of the American Eighth Air Force took off from England, bound for Stuttgart, Germany, to bomb Nazi weapons factories. Dense clouds obscured the targets, and one commander's critical decision to circle three times over the city-and its deadly flak-would prove disastrous. Forty-five planes went down that day, and hundreds of men were lost or missing. Focusing on first-person accounts of six of the B-17 airmen, award- winning author Robert Mrazek vividly re-creates the fierce air battle- and reveals the astonishing valor of the airmen who survived being shot down, and the tragic fate of those who did not.

Table of Contents

Prelude
Happ. 2
Irap. 14
The Warriors
Redp. 24
The Greekp. 34
Andyp. 42
Bobp. 51
Tedp. 58
Jimmyp. 67
The Mission
Juggernautp. 78
The Golden Eaglep. 91
Into the Valleyp. 99
The Blind Leading the Blindp. 106
A Ride in the Whirlwindp. 113
And the Sky Rained Heroesp. 124
Est Nulla Via Invia Virtutip. 131
Theirs Not to Reason Whyp. 138
To the Last Beat of the Heartp. 146
Hard Landingsp. 154
The Last One Leftp. 161
Slipstreams
Remains of the Dayp. 180
Eventidep. 187
The Day Afterp. 194
The Back of the Tigerp. 205
Interludep. 213
Hitting the Roadp. 221
Eclipsep. 227
Greek Holidayp. 230
Friends and Enemiesp. 237
Desperate Journeyp. 244
The Telegramp. 251
On the Runp. 255
Against All Oddsp. 267
Cloak and Daggerp. 269
The End of a Tourp. 277
Rebp. 287
Epiloguep. 295
Appendixp. 319
Acknowledgmentsp. 333
Sourcesp. 337
Bibliographyp. 363
Additional Photo Captions and Creditsp. 373
Indexp. 375
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