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Tom Young

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Tom Young served in Afghanistan and Iraq with the Air National Guard. He has also also flown combat missions to Bosnia and Kosovo, and additional missions to Latin America, the horn of Africa, and the Far East. In all, Young has logged nearly five thousand hours as a flight engineer on the C-5 Galaxy and the C-130 Hercules, while flying to almost forty countries. Military honors include three Air Medals, three Aerial Achievement Medals, and the Air Force Combat Action Medal.

Young is the author of SILVER WINGS, IRON CROSS; THE HUNTERS; SAND AND FIRE; THE RENEGADES; SILENT ENEMY; and THE MULLAH'S STORM.

His nonfiction publications include THE SPEED OF HEAT: AN AIRLIFT WING AT WAR IN IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN. His narrative, "Night Flight to Baghdad
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Tom Young Hi, Samuel. Many thanks for the support; I'm delighted that you enjoyed reading Sand and Fire. The inspiration for the Chartier character was one of m…moreHi, Samuel. Many thanks for the support; I'm delighted that you enjoyed reading Sand and Fire. The inspiration for the Chartier character was one of my favorite writers--Antoine de St. Exupery. He was a French aviator and author who wrote classics such as Wind, Sand, and Stars. Sadly, he was killed while on a recon flight during World War II. If he had lived during the present day, I think he would have been much like Chartier.(less)
Tom Young My grandfather served with the Eighth Air Force during World War II. I grew up hearing his stories from the war, and I was captivated. His unit, the 9…moreMy grandfather served with the Eighth Air Force during World War II. I grew up hearing his stories from the war, and I was captivated. His unit, the 94th Bomb Group, endured some of the toughest air combat over Europe. My own military service also helped inspire my latest novel, SILVER WINGS, IRON CROSS. Aircrews in harm's way form bonds that last a lifetime.(less)
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"Birds Fly. Men Drink." The Man Will Never Fly Memorial Society

My novel Silver Wings, Iron Cross sprang from a lifelong interest in World War II. I grew up hearing my grandfather’s stories from his service with the legendary Eighth Air Force. Without a doubt, he provided the primary inspiration that led me to fly in the military and eventually to write this novel.

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Wonderful classic novel of World War II. Extensively researched and beautifully written. THE WINDS OF WAR covers both the broad sweep of history and the personal story of a family. (And the old TV series by the same name holds up well, too.)
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“U-boats were on the run. Radar, sonar, aircraft, and new tactics by American and British destroyers had turned predators into prey. The future offered little but death. To survive another patrol, the men of the U-351 would have to beat long, long odds.”
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“At the far end of the taxiway, B-17s began to roll out of their hardstands and onto the perimeter track. Karl nudged the throttles up to 1500 RPM to exercise the turbos. One by one, he eased back the prop control levers and watched for an RPM drop to make sure the propeller governors were working. Everything checked good; Hellstorm gave him no release from the dilemma splitting his heart in two. Good hydraulic pressure, good suction, good voltages. Good Lord.”
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“U-boats were on the run. Radar, sonar, aircraft, and new tactics by American and British destroyers had turned predators into prey. The future offered little but death. To survive another patrol, the men of the U-351 would have to beat long, long odds.”
Tom Young, Silver Wings, Iron Cross

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“Ice pellets made ticking noises as they fell, gathering in the folds of Parson's coat like spilled salt. He opened his compass and took a bearing, then sighed. The mist of his breath rose in the cold air, only to get torn away by the Afghan wind. (From THE MULLAH'S STORM)”
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“Cats and paratroopers had nine lives.”
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“At the far end of the taxiway, B-17s began to roll out of their hardstands and onto the perimeter track. Karl nudged the throttles up to 1500 RPM to exercise the turbos. One by one, he eased back the prop control levers and watched for an RPM drop to make sure the propeller governors were working. Everything checked good; Hellstorm gave him no release from the dilemma splitting his heart in two. Good hydraulic pressure, good suction, good voltages. Good Lord.”
Tom Young, Silver Wings, Iron Cross

“U-boats were on the run. Radar, sonar, aircraft, and new tactics by American and British destroyers had turned predators into prey. The future offered little but death. To survive another patrol, the men of the U-351 would have to beat long, long odds.”
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