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Deadly Sky: The American Combat Airman in World War II

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In this book, WWII airmen of all ranks candidly speak on all aspects of their experiences--the missions and the planes they flew; their enemies; the places they saw and people they met; their morale, fears, and leadership; and the aerial brotherhood that sustained them.
Paperback, 464 pages
Published February 28th 2002 by Presidio Press (first published February 22nd 2000)
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Laura Raines
Jul 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
If you want to know what life was like for the US Airmen in WWII, this is your book. The first-hand accounts make for exciting reading, and the contents are arranged by topics which make it easy for a researcher to find the information she needs. My only criticism is that sometimes there are too many accounts to discuss the same point, but I can see the author's dilemma. Who would you leave out, when each is so valuable? Hats off to the work this took to research and organize. The writing is cle ...more
Aaron Mattupurath
Feb 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
There isn't really a theme it's more a memoir for soldiers who have fallen in the line of duty it talk about many of the great airmen stories and what hardships they had to go through.
Marc
Just as he did in "The Deadly Brotherhood", John McManus has once again come up with a great oral history collection, this time on American airmen in World War II. Various aspects of the war are covered, including training, combat, interaction with local inhabitants, being wounded and/or shot down, replacement pilots and crew, leadership and opinions on the enemy.
The majority of the recollections are actual quotes from those involved, although there are snippets of letters written to loved ones
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Michael Burnam-Fink
Feb 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017, history, war
Deadly Sky is a thematically organized oral history of (like the subtitle says) the American combat airman in World War 2. McManus draws from a vast repository of letters and memoirs to describe the men who fought, their living conditions, the dangers of their mission, and what they thought about the job. American combat airmen were compared to the rest of the military, physically and mentally on the high end of the bell-curve. Conditions at base were relatively good, and missions typically came ...more
Kenneth Jr.
Jan 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
The Deadly Sky, about combat airman in WWII, is far from what has been depicted by Hollywood. Told through actual veteran testimonials and letters written at the time, as well as thorough research, it is a comprehensive look at the horrors of the air war in the European, Pacific and CBI theaters. Beginning with who these men were, where they came from and how they blended together as fighting brothers, the author then examines the planes they flew and the clothes they wore against freezing tempe ...more
Steve
Aug 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An excellent book and overview of the missions and what the American combat airmen during World War II go through during missions. This book includes the bomber crews as well as the fighter pilots and the battles in the air as well as the dangers. I like how it tells the stories of not only the air war in Europe, But the air war in the Pacific.
Mike
Aug 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
Good book. It is fills with many personal quotes from actual airmen and covered both the European and Pacific theaters.
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John C. McManus is an author, military historian and award-winning professor of military history at the Missouri University of Science and Technology. He is one of America’s leading experts on the history of modern American soldiers in combat.