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Serenade to the Big Bird [Illustrated]: The Memoir of a Mighty Eighth Air Force B-17 Pilot

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• Newly illustrated with 36 contemporary colour & black & white photographs, this classic WW2 memoir, published by Spitfire Publishers in November 2018, also includes an invaluable glossary of 8th Air Force slang

• ‘A simple & moving story of the war in the air' THE NEW YORK TIMES

• ‘A classic’ ROGER A. FREEMAN, 8th Air Force Historian

“I was tense and drawn taut. The s
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Kindle Edition, 192 pages
Published November 25th 2018 by Spitfire Publishers LTD
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War is hell. This is certainly exemplified in the memory of a B-17 pilot. I am a member of the Commemorative Air Force (CAF), Airbase Arizona, Mesa, AZ. I serve as a Docent in our museum as well as being a Flight Loadmaster (FLM). As a FLM I am part of air crew on flights with our WWII B-17G “Sentimental Journey” heavy bomber. This book brings to life the incredible bravery it took to complete bombing runs which could be as long as ten hours deep into Germany. I fly with excited guests who want ...more
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Bert Stiles was an American author of short stories who was killed in action during World War II while serving as a fighter pilot in the U.S. Army Air Forces.

Stiles enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1942, became an aviation cadet, and upon completion of training, received his officer's commision as a 2nd Lieutenant in November 1943.

Initially, Stiles served as a bomber pilot with the 401st Bomb Squadron
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