Bomber Pilot: A Memoir of World War II

  • by Philip Ardery
  • Narrated by James Killavey
  • 9 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.

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What the Critics Say

"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

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes. Great story...helps you to appreciate incredible bravery of our bomber crews.


What was one of the most memorable moments of Bomber Pilot: A Memoir of World War II?

Raid over Ploesti, Rumania.


What does James Killavey bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Brought it to life. Excellent reading.


Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

A little bit of each.


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- Loretta

Really enjoyed this book.

If you could sum up Bomber Pilot: A Memoir of World War II in three words, what would they be?

Great real story.


What was one of the most memorable moments of Bomber Pilot: A Memoir of World War II?

The raid over Pelosi.


What about James Killavey’s performance did you like?

Everything. He was very good.


If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Title sounds just fine too me.


Any additional comments?

I usually like books that are personal recollections - especially WW 2.. This is no exception. Good descriptions of air combat from the command pilot's perspective. Was an easy listen and made a long car trip very enjoyable. Found myself taking the "scenic" longer route on the way home, just so I could keep listening.

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- Ronald

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-23-2015
  • Publisher: University Press Audiobooks