By John Comer
Wrestle team is likely one of the top memoirs approximately flying ever written. John Comer vividly re-creates his reports as a top-turret gunner / flight engineer of a B-17 squadron that was once thrown opposed to the easiest pilots the Luftwaffe might supply. He used to be a member of the 533rd Squadron, eighth Air strength, 1st department, 381st staff. His strong narrative is dedicated to the boys who flew the planes, dropped the bombes, fired the weapons. Their way of life is terror and fatigue. Comer recorded all of it in a diary, and the reader stocks the fears of the flight staff via their 25 challenge.
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3. World War, 1939-1945 — Campaigns — Europe. 4. World War, 1939-1945 — Personal narratives, American. 5. Flight engineers — United States — Biography. 6. United States. Air Force — Biography. I. Title. 54'4973'0924 — dc19 CIP Combat Crew Is Dedicated to the Memory of James Counce Hardin County, Tenn. A. Y. A. Jan. 11, 1944 Herbert Carqueville Chicago, Ill. A. Oct. 9, 1943 Raymond Legg Anderson, Ind. A. And to the Memory of All the Men Who Gave Their Lives in the Air War Over Europe That the Rest of Us Might Continue to Live in Freedom Table of Contents Preface Foreword Prologue Chapter I Arrival at Ridgewell Airdrome Chapter II Mission to Brussels Chapter III Mission to Le Bourget Chapter IV Schweinfurt #1 The Ball-Bearing Plants Chapter V Mission to Gilze-Rijen Chapter VI Mission to Villacoublay Chapter VII Missions to Amiens-Glizy and Romilly Chapter VIII Mission to Stuttgart Chapter IX Mission: Airfield in Belgium Chapter X Mission to Nantes Chapter XI Mission to Emden Chapter XII Mission to Bremen Chapter XIII Mission to Anklam Chapter XIV Second Mission to Schweinfurt (Black Thursday) Chapter XV Mission to Wilhelmshaven and Gelsenkirchen Chapter XVI Mission to Wesel Chapter XVII Mission to Norway and Mission to Bremen Chapter XVIII Mission to Paris and Leverkusen Chapter XIX Mission to Emden Chapter XX Mission to Bremen Chapter XXI Mission to Bremen Chapter XXII Mission to Osnabrück Chapter XXIII Mission to Calais Chapter XXIV Mission to Ludwigshaven Chapter XXV Mission to Tours Chapter XXVI Good-bye to Ridgewell Epilogue After the War: Status of Crew Members as of 1986 About the Author Footnotes Preface The ultimate objective of Combat Crew is to make the combat missions come alive for readers of this book.
Wait! See those guns in the comer over there, all stripped down? Maybe they’re from 765,” someone said. Our ship number was painted on the barrels. Every gun was disassembled and Nick and I tore into them at top speed and got them more or less together. There was no time to make a careful inspection of each gun to be sure there were no missing parts. When we got back Jim checked the guns and asked, “Where are the bolt studs? ” (A bolt stud was a one-inch-long metal device required to insert a round of ammunition into the firing chamber to permit the firing to begin.
In a few minutes the escort dipped their wings as if to say, “Good luck! See you in England tonight,” and they were gone. I felt a knot in my stomach as the big Thunderbolts vanished to the north.
Combat Crew: A True Story of Flying and Fighting in World War II by John Comer