• The Wild Blue

  • The Men and Boys Who Flew the B-24s Over Germany
  • By: Stephen E. Ambrose
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey DeMunn
  • Length: 8 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 08-10-01
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
  • 4 out of 5 stars 4.1 (264 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Best selling historian Stephen Ambrose describes how the Army Air Forces recruited, trained, and chose those few who would undertake the most demanding and dangerous jobs in the war. These are the boys - turned pilots, bombardiers, navigators, and gunners of the B-24s - who suffered over 50 percent casualties.
Ambrose carries us along in the crowded, uncomfortable, and dangerous B-24s as their crews fought to the death - through thick, black, deadly flak - to reach their targets and destroy the German war machine. Twenty-two-year-old George McGovern, later a United States senator and a presidential candidate, flew 35 combat missions (all the Army would allow) and won the Distinguished Flying Cross. We meet him and his mates, his co-pilot killed in action, and crews of other planes - many of whom did not come back.

As Band of Brothers and Citizen Soldiers portrayed the bravery and ultimate victory of the American soldier from Normandy on to Germany, The Wild Blue makes clear the contribution the young men of the Army Air Forces stationed in Italy made to the Allied victory.
©2001 Ambrose-Tubbs, Inc., All Rights Reserved (P)2001 Simon & Schuster Inc.
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5 out of 5 stars
By Jesse on 05-21-03

Just Fantastic

I loved this book. Stephen Ambrose was right. The B-24 was grossly underappreciated during and after the war. Not as handsome as the B-17, the Liberator was faster, carried a bigger payload and had fewer losses by percentage. I had no idea that George McGovern was such a great and inspiring war hero. The narration is excellent. It's a shame that it was Ambrose's last book (I think anyway). Think Band of Brothers but in the AAF. Great stuff.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Mr. Smith on 08-30-04

Flying High after this one

I was really in love with the writing style of this book. And being a gen xer, I learned so much about the difference between today's war time and an older generation's war time. I pulled stories from the book and shared them with some of my relatives at get togethers and it opened a can of worms about experiences they had in the military. This is a good book to help older and younger people bridge the gap and talk about things that scared them, the people they missed, the good times had and the feeling of experiencing things like this.

Truly an amazing storyteller. And an amazing set of stories.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Richard on 05-10-11

The most common but least famous plane

This book is ok for aviation historians but is a little dry for a casual read. It is full of interesting facts about the people and where they came from (including George McGovern), the flying of the plane, the training, the missons and the bases in north africa and Italy (none of which I knew about). Narration is a little lumbering but this a good account of a much forgotten section of the US Airforce.

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2 out of 5 stars
By cheryl marie evans on 04-21-11

The Wild Blue : The Men and Boys Who Flew the B-24

Interesting although rather simplistic. Many various aspects of the war too partizan bearing in mind other nations contributions to the air war against Nazi Germany. A little or somewhat long winded on the personal backgrounds of the individual crew members.

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