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Deadly Sky: the American Combat Airman in World War II

by McManus, John C.

  • ISBN: 9780891416784
  • ISBN10: 0891416781

Deadly Sky: the American Combat Airman in World War II

by McManus, John C.

  • List Price: $32.95
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Publisher: Presidio Press
  • Publish date: 01/01/2000
  • ISBN: 9780891416784
  • ISBN10: 0891416781
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Description: They came from nearly every city, town, and state in America. They were the sons of the elite, the impoverished, and everyone in between. Regardless of their background they all had one thing in common: all had volunteered to fight in the air against America's World War II enemies. These were America's combat airmen, the bomber crews and fighter pilots who took to the skies to bring the war to the Axis.

During the twenties and thirties aviators had become lionized by American's people starting with First World War combat veterans like Eddie Rickenbacker and continuing with figures like Charles Lindbergh. Many a young man looked skyward with envy as he watched a barnstormer flinging his plane through the air. Naturally, romantic notions of service in the Army Air Corps, and its Navy and Marine Corps counterparts, made aerial service appealing to a large portion of the draft-age population.

The truth, as it often does, belied the romantic notions of the young combat airmen. Manned flight was still in its infancy and was plenty dangerous even if no one was shooting at you. Add enemy fighters and flak and you had a truly deadly brew. The Army Air Forces alone suffered over 120,000 casualties, of whom more than 40,000 died.

Using the same approach as in Deadly Brotherhood, his previous book on combat soldiers and marines, author McManus examines the dangerous world of the American combat airmen in World War II. In this dramatic and exciting narrative he covers all services and all theaters of operations.

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