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Flight of the Avenger: George Bush at War by…

Flight of the Avenger: George Bush at War

by Joe Hyams

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dramatic account of George Bush's life during 1941-1944, when he flew a fighter-bomber in the Pacific Theater of WW II, also tells the story of the old-fashioned courtship between the young naval officer and his one, true love, Barbara Pierce. ..
recounts Bush's experiences as a WW II Navy pilot and provides the first detailed account of his heroism on September 2, 1944, when he carried out a dive-bombing mission over Chichi Jima Island after his Grumman Avenger was set afire by anti-aircraft shells. This makes for absorbing reading, especially the description of the race to rescue Bush as the tide drew his raft closer to the island. Hyams has uncovered documentary evidence in Japan indicating that Bush would have been tortured and executed on Chichi Jima had he been captured that day. There is another element to the book that is different in character and unexpected: With the cooperation of President Bush and the First Lady, Hyams reconstructs the story of their wartime romance, secret engagement and marriage on January 6, 1945. They met in 1941 when George was 17 and Barbara was 16. "She radiated joy and warmth," recalls the President. Mrs. Bush says of her husband: "He was the most attractive man. . . . I could hardly breathe when he was in the room."
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