A Pilot’s View of WWII. Description of combat and camaraderie described by a World War II bomber pilot. Author Winifred Tappan interviewed Robert Boecking, who flew B-17 Flying Fortresses in the 379th heavy Bomb Group, 8th Air Force stationed at Kimbolten Air Field, England. Her ‘Author’s Notes’ include historical references and comments. She also interviewed a woman who gives a first-person account of what it was like to be ‘on the ground’ when Boecking’s squadron was dropping bombs from above.
Illustrated. Includes historic photographs, Mission Target Map, and 38 page-images from the pilot’s hand-written Mission Journal of training and 36 Missions flown over Germany, Czechoslovakia, and France in 1944.
Review: “I found that journal entries gave great insight into the day-to-day lives of those who fought with the 8th Air force during the Second World War. I also thought the author’s notes do an exceptional job of clarifying and elaborating on Boecking’s story.”
— Alan Renga, Archivist. San Diego Air & Space Museum.
First Place, Military History, 2016 CIPA, EVVY awards.
6×9. Soft cover, Color. Illustrated with Annotated Index and List of Illustrations, 106 pgs. ISBN: 978-0-9771376-7-1. More information, author’s website.