The Bomber Boys: Heroes Who Flew the B-17s in World War II

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True tales of heroism and the men who fought and died in the skies of World War II Europe.

In World War II, there were many ways to die. But nothing offered more fatal choices than being inside a B-17 bomber above Nazi-occupied Europe. From the hellish storms of enemy flak and relentless strafing of Luftwaffe fighters, to mid-air collisions, mechanical failure, and simple bad luck, it?s a wonder any man would volunteer for such dangerous duty. But many did. Some paid the ultimate price. And some made it home. But in the end, all would achieve victory.

Here, author Travis L. Ayres has gathered a collection of previously untold personal accounts of combat and camaraderie aboard the B-17 Bombers that flew countless sorties against the enemy, as related by the men who lived and fought in the air?and survived.
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About the author

While working as a morning radio host, Travis L. Ayres met World War II veteran airman Anthony Teta and was moved by his story. He went on write The Bomber Boys: True Stories of B-17 Airmen. Ayres divides his time among New Jersey, Arkansas, and Louisiana. 
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Publisher
Penguin
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Published on
Oct 6, 2009
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Pages
288
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ISBN
9781101145364
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Language
English
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Genres
Biography & Autobiography / Military
History / Military / Aviation
History / Military / World War II
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