Lucky 666

  • by Bob Drury, Tom Clavin
  • Narrated by Jeremy Bobb
  • 9 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

From the authors of the New York Times best-selling The Heart of Everything That Is and Halsey's Typhoon comes the dramatic untold story of a daredevil bomber pilot and his misfit crew who fly their lone B-17 into the teeth of the Japanese Empire in 1943, engage in the longest dogfight in history, and change the momentum of the war in the Pacific - but not without making the ultimate sacrifice.
It is 1942, the Japanese war machine has rolled up nearly all of the Pacific Theater, and American forces are clinging to what little unconquered territory remains. While US Marines claw their way across Guadalcanal, small contingents of US Army airmen make their way to the lonely, embattled Allied airbase on Papua New Guinea. Their mission: to defend Australia from invasion, harass Japanese supply lines, fly perilous bombing missions over enemy-held strongholds, and make reconnaissance runs to provide intelligence for America's nascent island-hopping campaign.
Among these men are pilot Captain Jay Zeamer and bombardier Sergeant Joseph Raymond Sarnoski, whose swashbuckling reputations precede them. Zeamer, who cannot convince his superiors to give him his own plane, teams up with Sarnoski to recruit a crew of fellow misfits to rebuild a dilapidated B-17 bomber from spare parts in the base's junkyard. They christen the plane Old 666, naming it from its tail identification numbers. In June 1943, Zeamer and Sarnoski and their crew volunteer for a 1,200 mile suicide mission into the heart of the Japanese Empire that may well change the course of the war - but that only one of the two friends will survive.
In Lucky 666, Drury and Clavin bring to vivid life one of the last great untold stories of World War II. Featuring personal letters, diaries, US Army Air Force after-action reports, even the translated Japanese Imperial Air Force's official account of the longest dogfight in history, Lucky 666 is a tale of friendship, heroism, and sacrifice set against the horrific backdrop of vicious aerial warfare, wounded crewmates, and a white-knuckle emergency landing in the jungles of New Guinea - a must-listen for anyone who loves pulse-pounding narrative nonfiction.

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History is the most inportant thing we have.

If you could sum up Lucky 666 in three words, what would they be?

God Bless Them.


Who was your favorite character and why?

My favorite character. The whole crew of course! Why, few generals stood tow to tow with the enemy and in the end who wins wars.


What does Jeremy Bobb bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Jeremy makes me think of the little guy, the guy that won the war. The men and woman that fought or worked for the common goal. PEACE.


If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Even misfits will fight for peace. Why isn't this a move yet!


Any additional comments?

IF we could only remember to stop and think before we act. History is the lesson there for us to learn by. But still we just can't get along.




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- Charles Nichols

Book Details

  • Release Date: 25-10-2016
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio