Deadly Sky: The American Combat Airman in World War II by John C. McManus

By John C. McManus

“McManus is a grasp of the artwork of oral heritage and one of many remarkable historians of worldwide battle II.”—Donald L. Miller, writer of Masters of the Air

John C. McManus, writer of The lifeless and people approximately to Die and September Hope, finds the fear and triumph that shared the fiery skies of worldwide struggle 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, a big collection of fellows who, in approximately 4 years of conflict all around the globe, suffered over 120,000 casualties with over 40,000 killed.
Their tales span the earth into each nook of the strive against theaters in either Europe and the Pacific. And the airplane explored are as diverse, difficult, and mythical because the males who flew them­—from the indomitable heavy-duty warhorse that was once the B-17 Flying castle to the graceful, deadly P-51 Mustang fighter.
In Deadly Sky, grasp historian John C. McManus is going past the widespread stories of aerial heroism, shooting the points of interest 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 vital, thoroughly-researched paintings, McManus uncovers the real nature of fighting—and dying—in the skies over global struggle II.

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Often the B-29 flight engineer was himself a trained pilot. His Who Were These Combat Airmen? job was to sit behind the signs of the plane. John pilot 33 and copilot and monitor the Patterson, a flight engineer, flew missions over Japan as part of the Twentieth Air Force. vital bombing He recalled the learning process necessary to master his complicated job: "There were eleven guys on a B-29 crew, including the Flight Engineer. My position was back-to-back with the copilot. ' There were levers and dials and switches all over the place.

Bomber operations were highly structured and allowed little room for individual initiative, evasion of flak and fighter attacks, or close escorting bombers to their targets and, the DEADLY SKY 28 observation of the results of their work. Theirs was a team activity requiring several individuals to operate a single flying machine ef- The fectively. fighter pilot also functioned as part of a had a great deal of freedom final analysis, the to express his own team but also individuality. " The last sentence of Dow's analysis provides perhaps the most compelling reason why the majority of young come pilot pilots wished to be- The limited degree of independence a fighter enjoyed provided him with at least some measure of control fighter pilots.

By the end of the training, you probablv would have made at least 175 landings. difficult Cadets were liberally washed out of primary flight training for any perceived weakness from airsickness to rough landings to — poor stick-and-rudder techniques. Robert Goebel recalled the dailv stress of watching his fellow cadets fall by the wayside: "The attrition began in earnest now, and the long faces and red eyes at chow in the evening told the story of the fledgling pilots who had had their wings clipped permanently that day.

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