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I enjoy reading biographies of famous World War One and World War Two generals. I also enjoy reading the memoirs of the average soldier from these two Wars. These firsthand accounts by the ordinary soldier are great ways to understand these two Wars better.
Many of these memoirs are weak and fragmented trying to paste together memories from long ago. Therefore, I always am looking for those stores that are taken from a day to day diary. This is such a book; it provides us with the day to day viewpoint of a B-17 turret gunner/mechanic. Comer tells the story of his 25 mission in the early days of the American campaign against the Nazis. Comer tells us about his crew members and ground crews. I had the feeling that I was riding right beside Comer on his missions. Comer did a tour flying mission in Italy for a total of 80 combat missions. Comer died in 2005 in Texas.
I understand that with the help of his son he first self published the book in 1985. It was then bought by the William Morrow publishing company and was published internationally quite successfully. Recently it has been published as an e-book and an audiobook again with great success. Patrick Lawler did a good job narrating the story. The book is of average length of about eleven hours.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
Would you listen to Combat Crew again? Why?
Yes, I love the book and the narrator did a fantastic job.
What did you like best about this story?
The story line is gripping from beginning to end.
Any additional comments?
I've read this book twice in book form and was so excited to see it on Audible. This is so well written from the perspective of the perfect position on the crew. The Flight Engineer had his hands in everything on the aircraft and it's nice to get the story from his point of view rather than the usual pilot point of view.
I don't write many reviews but I would highly recommend this book to anyone I know.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
A charismatic narration of an engineer/gunner's war. Probably what audio-books were made for. Buy it!
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Listened to this twice in a month, whoa, never done that before. John Comer's gripping story is a must-read for any history buffs with an interest in this period. Made my palms sweat and my heart race. Narration is superb, well-paced, expertly delivered.