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Title:
Silent heroes among us : final flights of the Mighty Eighth
Author:
Clements, James, editor.
Publication Information:
New Wilmington, PA. : New Horizon Publishing, [1997]

©1997
Physical Description:
x, 224 pages : illustrations ; 28 cm
Language:
English
ISBN:
9781884687075
Format :
Book

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Central Library D790 .S535 1997 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize
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This unusual collection of interviews brings together the recollections of some surviving members of the U.S. Eighth Air Force, whose high-altitude bombings of German industrial areas during World War II helped end the war in Europe. The book began as a high-school English project in Butler, Pennsylvania, aimed at commemorating the state's veterans of the "Mighty Eighth." Editor Clements, an English teacher in Butler, had his students interview the more than 60 veterans and transcribe their reflections; photos were gathered to accompany the interviews, and a grant was secured to publish them in book form. What separates the final product from any other high-school project? It is the vividness of the veterans' voices, which transcend the humble package in which they appear. This modest little volume and the history behind its creation stand as a testament to the grassroots nature of oral history and remind us of the way stories unite generations. For regional collections. --Leon Wagner


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