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The airmen : the story of American fliers in World War II
Hoyt, Edwin P. (Edwin Palmer), 1923-2005.
Publication Information:
New York : McGraw-Hill, [1990]

Physical Description:
xiv, 418 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, portraits ; 24 cm
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The first oral history to tell the story of World War II through the eyes of the fliers who actuallly fought it--in Europe, Asia, the Pacific, and defending America's Atlantic coast. The result is a controversial, stirring narrative. 16 pages of black-and-white photographs.

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Booklist Review

Hoyt calls his newest book "a companion piece to The GI's War" [BKL My 15 88], which was an amalgam of the common soldier's experiences in World War II. Here Hoyt focuses on the memories of airmen and extends the theater beyond Europe to include the Pacific and the Mediterranean. Drawing from history books, published and unpublished biographies, and oral recitations, Hoyt has pulled together a firsthand look at the feelings and contributions of a range of pilots, bombardiers, gunners, navigators, and others (but no women). A terrific look at some of the war's unsung heroes. ~--Denise Perry Donavin

Publisher's Weekly Review

Based on interviews, letters and unpublished manuscripts, this oral history, a companion volume to Hoyt's The GI's War , shows how U.S. pilots and crewmen fought WW II in the air. Specific exploits are described: the sinking of a U-boat off North Carolina, Capt. Colin Kelly's heroic self-sacrifice during defense of the Philippines, the Doolittle raid over Tokyo, America's first encounter with the fearsome Messerschmitt 262 jet fighter. A longer piece explains how Col. Thomas Jeffrey turned the demoralized 100th Bombardment Group into an effective fighting force; a respectful recap of ``those who also served'' tells the touching story of Cpl. Jake Jones, who yearned for transfer from a stateside training command to the combat zone. This collection of action-packed vignettes provides compelling descriptions of strategies, tales of survival and feats of bravery. Photos not seen by PW. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Despite grumblings about his superficial documentation and rather wooden prose, Hoyt's prolific examination of the history of World War II ( Hitler's War , LJ 4/1/88; Japan's War , LJ 3/15/86) continues to have a broad readership. This work, a companion piece to The GI's War ( LJ 6/15/88), concentrates on a selective set of episodes concerning a number of aviation-related American ground and air crews, with both quoted and narrated accounts of air action in Europe and the Far East. Not much of this is new, but the action is stirring as these then-young men risk their lives to perform desperate missions. In fact, some of the book's appeal may come from the familiarity of the material, with the target audience students of World War II--especially those who lived it. Not Hoyt's best, but this will have a following where his other works circulate.-- Mel D. Lane, Sacramento (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.