My War in Italy: On the Ground and in Flight with the 15th Air Force by Keith W. 9780826220592

My War in Italy: On the Ground and in Flight with the 15th Air Force by Keith W. 9780826220592
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Six weeks before Pearl Harbor, Keith Mason received a $150 uniform allowance, a pair of silver wings, and his first assignment as a flight instructor: Randolph Field, Texas. Two years later, he was Squadron Officer in the 460th Bomb Group, 15th Air Force in Spinazzola, Italy - flying the harrowing combat missions he dreamed of as a boy in rural Iowa. As a memoir of one man's war years, Mason provides insight on the inner workings of serving as an airman during World War II: facing stultifying boredom, stupefying incompetence, paralyzing fear, and stunning success. Details of how crews were selected for combat missions, of the necessity to occasionally break up crews, and of select missions in which Mason was a participant are important additions to the history and literature of this often neglected theater. The American Military Experience Series, edited by John C. McManus, Portrays and analyzes the experience of Americans in military service from the onset of the twentieth century to the present. The series emphasizes the profound impact wars have had one nearly every aspect of recent. American history and considers the significant effects of modern conflict on combatants and noncombatants alike. This series includes other world war II memoirs and biographies, including Dick Cole's War: Doolittle Raider, Hump Pilot, Air Commando, by Dennis, R. Okerstrom, Reminiscenes of Conrad S. Babcock, edited by Robert H. Ferrell; and Dogface Soldier: The Life of General Lucian K. Truscott, Jr., by Wilson A. Heefner. Book jacket.
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ISBN-10 0826220592
ISBN-13 9780826220592
eBay Product ID (ePID) 208665652
Key Details
Author Keith W. Mason
Number Of Pages 216 pages
Format Hardcover
Publication Date 2016-03-29
Language English
Publisher University of Missouri Press
Publication Year 2016
Additional Details
Illustrated Yes
Dimensions
Height 1.2 In.
Width 6 In.
Length 9 In.
Target Audience
Group Trade
Reviews
"A highly readable account of one young man's desire to fly written with the honest and authentic voice of someone who entered the war as an idealistic youth and came out the other side profoundly changed."--Dennis Okerstrom, author of Project 9: The Birth of Air Commandos in World War II

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