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Publisher's Summary

On September 6, 1943, 338 B-17 "Flying Fortresses" of the American Eighth Air Force took off from England, bound for Stuttgart, Germany, to bomb Nazi weapons factories. Dense clouds obscured the targets, and one commander's critical decision to circle three times over the city---and its deadly flak---would prove disastrous. Forty-five planes went down that day, and hundreds of men were lost or missing. Focusing on first-person accounts of six of the B-17 airmen, award-winning author Robert J. Mrazek vividly re-creates the fierce air battle and reveals the astonishing valor of the airmen who survived being shot down---and the tragic fate of those who did not.
©2011 Robert J. Mrazek (P)2011 Tantor
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By Andrew Scott McClanahan on 11-07-12

38 Planes Were Sent Out. Only 2 Returned.

What did you love best about To Kingdom Come?

The battle descriptions.

What did you like best about this story?

The weaving of many lives into one mission.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

The narrator will drive you nuts at first, but stick with it. His style really works in the combat sequences.

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

The combat sequences had a profound affect on me.

Any additional comments?

The book takes some time to get going. Like the squadrons of Boeings forming over England, the characters are gathered in a large intro to the fateful mission. Keep with it. What these men went through deserves patience.

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By Robert on 10-19-13

I felt a kinship with these boys

This story is so well told. It is personal and touching, while still being historically accurate. I LOVED and cherished the "rest of the story" at the end, giving us a glimpse of what the boys went through after the war.

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