Book: Back from 44 - The Sacrifice and Courage of a Few - A Story of Heroism in the Skies Over Western Europe by Nick Cressycategories: Book, History, Military, World War II, Martin B-26 Marauder, ETO, 320th Bomb Group, Dijon Aerodrome, USAAF, WWII
Nick Cressyabout this book: A B-26 crew struggle to return back to base in a severely crippled plane. The story is fiction based on a real person and events. The main characters 44th mission is described with flashbacks to his enlistment in the U.S. Army Air Force to joining the 320th Bomb Group at their Sardinia, Italy air base. He recalls the memories of basic training, advanced flight engineer training, gunnery school, saying goodbye to a new wife, and travel across the Atlantic to Sardinia. Mission experiences are highlighted in the Mediterranean and European Theaters of Operations. Missions were not always "Milk Runs"; they included enemy flak, German fighter attacks and the emotional impact of losing close friends. Other mission locations include Corsica and then movement to their base in formally occupied France, Dijon Aerodrome, France. Mission crews, target and results covered in this book did occur, source of the mission description are from the National Archives located at the University of Maryland.
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