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Flying Forts: The B-17 in World War II (1968)

by Martin Caidin

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Fantastic! This is the book that really cemented my interest in B-17 Flying Fortresses and the men who flew them. ( )
  B-17Dave | Nov 9, 2010 |
I read this book when I was a kid and just reread it. I remember being enthralled by it as a teenager; as an adult, I enjoyed re-reading it, but I wouldn't say I was quite as enthralled the second time around.

As history books go, Flying Forts is the equivalent of a good beach read, and that's not a bad thing. It's a fun, easy read (with its share of pot-boiler prose, I have to say). You'll need to look elsewhere for a strategic analysis of the Allied bombing campaigns and their effectiveness. But if you want to know what it was like to swing a .50 caliber machine gun at the open window of the waist position of a B-17 in 40 degree-below weather, fighting for your life and the lives of your crew mates, this is your book. ( )
  dwieringa | May 28, 2010 |
A classic of its type: A detailed history of the origins, design, development, and operations of the famous Boeing B-17 bomber of WWII. I haven't read this in years, but remember reading it multiple times as a teenager in the 1970s and being enthralled every time. ( )
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This book is for BILL COLEMAN Lt. Colonel, USAF who flew one of the Little Friends
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Far beneath the lone Flying Fortess the islands of the northern Solomons lay rich and green against the backdrop of the Pacific.
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