A.W. “Andy” Anderson, born on a farm in Southern Illinois, the youngest of six boys, left home and traveled to Alaska at 16 years of age, and stayed, making Alaska his home. He's held many jobs, in the more than 53 years he's lived in Alaska, with each being interesting and educational. Andy's worked in fish processing plants and commercially fished for crab, salmon, and halibut; worked as a logger operating heavy equipment. He also ran tug boats and diving boats in the oil exploration industry. He's worked as a heavy equipment operator in the oil field on the North Slope of Alaska and for nearly 32 years, held the position as Chief of Police for the city of Seldovia, Alaska — the longest serving police chief for one city in Alaska's history.
The book chronicles, in fascinating detail, the life and training of those young men who made up the heroic 8th Air Force, and describes the affectionate relationship often maintained by their crews with that most famed heavy bomber of all time, the fabled B-17. It includes some of the most tragic stories as well as some of the wryest humor ever written about combat groups.
A heavy bomb group consists of 36 heavy bombers. The 91st lost 207 planes during its WWII combat time—32 during the author''s flight tenure. Dr. Anderson uses the words of the extraordinary crews of those planes to describe the training they absorbed, the missions they flew, the results they achieved, the tragedy of watching their planes explode and their friends die, and the heroism that brought so many near fatally damaged planes home with their dead and wounded crews.
This is also a story of growing up in pre-war America, and of the growth and development of that sturdy character which enabled these young men and their children and grandchildren to help create today''s world. God bless them, their achievements, and what their heroism made possible so that we could live in the world we do today.