Unsung Eagles

True Stories of America’s Citizen Airmen in the Skies of World War II

Jay Stout

The nearly half-million American aircrewmen who served during World War II have almost disappeared. And so have their stories. Award-winning writer and former fighter pilot Jay A. Stout uses Unsung Eagles to save an exciting collection of those accounts from oblivion.
Publication date:
January 2014
Publisher :
Casemate Publishers
Language:
English
Format Available     Quantity Price
Hardback
ISBN : 9781612002095

Dimensions : 229 X 152 cm
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£25.00
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Overview
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• The combat careers of 22 different pilots from all the services are captured in this crisply written book which captivates the reader

The nearly half-million American aircrewmen who served during World War II have almost disappeared. And so have their stories.

Award-winning writer and former fighter pilot Jay A. Stout uses Unsung Eagles to save an exciting collection of those accounts from oblivion. These are not rehashed tales from the hoary icons of the war. Rather, they are stories from the masses of largely unrecognised men who—in the aggregate—actually won it. They are the recollections of your Uncle Frank who shared them only after having enjoyed a beer or nine, and of your old girlfriend's grandfather who passed away about the same time she dumped you. And of the craggy guy who ran the town's salvage yard; a dusty, fly-specked B-24 model hung over the counter. These are "everyman” accounts that are important but fast disappearing.

Ray Crandall describes how he was nearly knocked into the Pacific by a heavy cruiser's main battery during the Second Battle of the Philippine Sea. Jesse Barker—a displaced dive-bomber pilot—tells of dodging naval bombardments in the stinking mud of Guadalcanal. Bob Popeney relates how his friend and fellow A-20 pilot was blown out of formation by German antiaircraft fire: "I could see the inside of the airplane—and I could see Nordstrom's eyes. He looked confused…and then immediately he flipped up and went tumbling down.”

The combat careers of 22 different pilots from all the services are captured in this crisply written book which captivates the reader not only as an engaging oral history, but also puts personal context into the great air battles of World War II.

REVIEWS

This is a very worthwhile project, and the result is an excellent and very readable collection of the individual stories that made up American air power during the war.
History of War

The combat careers of 22 pilots from all services are captured in this crisply written book. It is an engaging history that gives a personal context to the great air battles of World War Two.
FlyPast Magazine