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It is 1942, the Japanese war machine has rolled up nearly all of the Pacific Theater, and American forces are clinging to what little unconquered territory remains. While US Marines claw their way across Guadalcanal, small contingents of US Army airmen make their way to the lonely, embattled Allied airbase on Papua New Guinea. Their mission: to defend Australia from invasion, harass Japanese supply lines, fly perilous bombing missions over enemy-held strongholds, and make reconnaissance runs to provide intelligence for America's nascent island-hopping campaign.
Among these men are pilot Captain Jay Zeamer and bombardier Sergeant Joseph Raymond Sarnoski, whose swashbuckling reputations precede them. Zeamer, who cannot convince his superiors to give him his own plane, teams up with Sarnoski to recruit a crew of fellow misfits to rebuild a dilapidated B-17 bomber from spare parts in the base's junkyard. They christen the plane Old 666, naming it from its tail identification numbers. In June 1943, Zeamer and Sarnoski and their crew volunteer for a 1,200 mile suicide mission into the heart of the Japanese Empire that may well change the course of the war - but that only one of the two friends will survive.
In Lucky 666, Drury and Clavin bring to vivid life one of the last great untold stories of World War II. Featuring personal letters, diaries, US Army Air Force after-action reports, even the translated Japanese Imperial Air Force's official account of the longest dogfight in history, Lucky 666 is a tale of friendship, heroism, and sacrifice set against the horrific backdrop of vicious aerial warfare, wounded crewmates, and a white-knuckle emergency landing in the jungles of New Guinea - a must-listen for anyone who loves pulse-pounding narrative nonfiction.
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By Joshua on 06-07-17
A good picture of the WWII air war in the Pacific
Have you read Catch 22? This book exposes the reality of the surreal setting of Heller's novel. I had no idea that the sense of abandonment and disarray in Heller's book had any basis in fact, but it is well documented here. Beyond good documentation, if you enjoy technical information there is great description of the qualities and design of the famous "Flying Fortress". Add spectacular, terrifying, descriptions of air combat, a good job of character development, and the result is a fascinating book. I came away with much greater insight and enormous respect for the capabilities of the men and machines fighting in that terrible war
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
By Greg Hansen on 05-08-17
LOVED THIS BOOK!
This is a great story about some truly great men. There is never really a down period in the story so it kept me interested the entire time & then seemed to end way too fast. I will definitely be looking more into this subject. The performance was also very good. I listened to a lot of books that are good & interesting but find myself totally bored with the narration. That was not the case at all with this book.
5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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By Charles Nichols on 06-04-17
History is the most inportant thing we have.
If you could sum up Lucky 666 in three words, what would they be?
God Bless Them.
Who was your favorite character and why?
My favorite character. The whole crew of course! Why, few generals stood tow to tow with the enemy and in the end who wins wars.
What does Jeremy Bobb bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?
Jeremy makes me think of the little guy, the guy that won the war. The men and woman that fought or worked for the common goal. PEACE.
If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?
Even misfits will fight for peace. Why isn't this a move yet!
Any additional comments?
IF we could only remember to stop and think before we act. History is the lesson there for us to learn by. But still we just can't get along.