Winner of the Best Aeronautical Book Award from the Reserve Officers Association of the United States.
"The sky was full of dying airplanes" as American Liberator bombers struggled to return to North Africa after their daring low-level raid on the oil refineries of Ploesti. They lost 446 airmen and 53 planes, but Philip Ardery's plane came home. This pilot was to take part in many more raids on Hitler's Europe, including air cover for the D-Day invasion of Normandy.
This vivid firsthand account records one man's experience of World War II air warfare. Throughout, Ardery testifies to the horror of world war as he describes his fear, his longing for home, and his grief for fallen comrades. Bomber Pilot is a moving contribution to American history.
The book is pubished by The University Press of Kentucky.
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"Combines a novelist's eye and a poet's touch." (Air University Review))
"A magnificent story, told simply and without heroics." (Army)
"One of the best early attempts to illustrate the view from the command position." (Flight Journal)
"Fascinating...and true story"
Yes. Great story...helps you to appreciate incredible bravery of our bomber crews.
Raid over Ploesti, Rumania.
Brought it to life. Excellent reading.
A little bit of each.
"Really enjoyed this book."
Great real story.
The raid over Pelosi.
Everything. He was very good.
Title sounds just fine too me.
I usually like books that are personal recollections - especially WW 2.. This is no exception. Good descriptions of air combat from the command pilot's perspective. Was an easy listen and made a long car trip very enjoyable. Found myself taking the "scenic" longer route on the way home, just so I could keep listening.
"Excellent ... all around."
Ardery's account of his life as a B-24 pilot is excellent. From all the training it took to simply get into the planes, to combat in the skies over the Mediterranean and Northern Europe, Ardery's account is an even-handed account of what a bomber pilot's life was like.
The chapter about Ploesti is especially fascinating. James Dugan and Carrol Stewart used Ardery as a source for their book on the subject, and the details of Ardery's part in the
raid offer some really interesting stuff. Especially intruiging is the background and fate
of Medal of Honor winner Lloyd Hughes, who was flying on Ardery's wing when when he perished. This book is really good stuff; Steven Ambrose's "Wild Blue" pales in comparison. Ardery doesn't place himself on a hero pedestal, he merely tells of his experiences in a very
interesting and easy-to-digest style.
Sounded like the author talking to me.
Yes. Gripping story, well written and well read.
Very good narration ... let the author tell the story without trying to "take over."
Both..in different sections.
This ranks right up there with my all time favorite WWII flying book..The Wrong Stuff.
The authors presents an excellent recounting of his WWII experience. he is frank, honest, and has an open style. Loved it!
The raid into Poland
He made me feel like I was there. Very good narration.
Both in different scenes.
Very enjoyable book
"Wow...these guys were heros!"
Yes. Wonderful insight into what it was like in those planes.
Yes. Consistently good.
Normally I stick to Navy books but tried this for a change of pace. Glad I did. It was wonderful..tragic in places but truly showed the heroism of our boys.
"Audio even better"
One of the best.
raid in Poland.
Enjoyed it very much. Good narration.
Some of each.
I read this book a while back and liked it so much I decided to listen, as well.
If anything...the audio version is better. Get that sense of "being there" more.
Don't have time to read so this was my only option.
The author, of course.
I don't think so..He was very competent for this type of book.
Laugh...not so much. Cried a few times at the incredible loss of American lives.
My husband is in the Air Force but not during a war...Thank God!
"Great story,well told!"
As a WWII bomber pilot in
Very real story of the bomber crews
told in a low key way
"Great Story... Horrible Narrator"
Yes. The details here are a treasure of history from life stateside during early war years, to the harrowing mission over Ploesti, and air strike missions over D-Day.
He has a very heavy New England accent that is hard to get used to. He mispronounces foreign and even English words often. It sometimes seems like he's not even speaking English. I had to rewind many times just to decipher what he was saying. The editing is poor as well. It seems like parts were dubbed in as the audio style and voice tone randomly changes. I'd recommend reading this book in print and pass up the audio version.
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