The Wild Blue

  • by Stephen E. Ambrose
  • Narrated by Jeffrey DeMunn
  • 8 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Best selling historian Stephen Ambrose describes how the Army Air Forces recruited, trained, and chose those few who would undertake the most demanding and dangerous jobs in the war. These are the boys - turned pilots, bombardiers, navigators, and gunners of the B-24s - who suffered over 50 percent casualties.
Ambrose carries us along in the crowded, uncomfortable, and dangerous B-24s as their crews fought to the death - through thick, black, deadly flak - to reach their targets and destroy the German war machine. Twenty-two-year-old George McGovern, later a United States senator and a presidential candidate, flew 35 combat missions (all the Army would allow) and won the Distinguished Flying Cross. We meet him and his mates, his co-pilot killed in action, and crews of other planes - many of whom did not come back.
As Band of Brothers and Citizen Soldiers portrayed the bravery and ultimate victory of the American soldier from Normandy on to Germany, The Wild Blue makes clear the contribution the young men of the Army Air Forces stationed in Italy made to the Allied victory.

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The most common but least famous plane

This book is ok for aviation historians but is a little dry for a casual read. It is full of interesting facts about the people and where they came from (including George McGovern), the flying of the plane, the training, the missons and the bases in north africa and Italy (none of which I knew about). Narration is a little lumbering but this a good account of a much forgotten section of the US Airforce.
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- Richard

The Wild Blue : The Men and Boys Who Flew the B-24

Interesting although rather simplistic. Many various aspects of the war too partizan bearing in mind other nations contributions to the air war against Nazi Germany. A little or somewhat long winded on the personal backgrounds of the individual crew members.
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- cheryl marie evans

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-08-2001
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio