Winner of the Best Aeronautical Book Award from the Reserve Officers Association of the United States.
"The sky was full of dying airplanes" as American Liberator bombers struggled to return to North Africa after their daring low-level raid on the oil refineries of Ploesti. They lost 446 airmen and 53 planes, but Philip Ardery's plane came home. This pilot was to take part in many more raids on Hitler's Europe, including air cover for the D-Day invasion of Normandy.
This vivid firsthand account records one man's experience of World War II air warfare. Throughout, Ardery testifies to the horror of world war as he describes his fear, his longing for home, and his grief for fallen comrades. Bomber Pilot is a moving contribution to American history.
The book is pubished by The University Press of Kentucky.
"Combines a novelist's eye and a poet's touch." (Air University Review))
"A magnificent story, told simply and without heroics." (Army)
"One of the best early attempts to illustrate the view from the command position." (Flight Journal)
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Fascinating...and true story
Yes. Great story...helps you to appreciate incredible bravery of our bomber crews.
Raid over Ploesti, Rumania.
Brought it to life. Excellent reading.
A little bit of each.
Yes. Gripping story, well written and well read.
Very good narration ... let the author tell the story without trying to "take over."
Both..in different sections.
This ranks right up there with my all time favorite WWII flying book..The Wrong Stuff.