A Mighty Fortress

Lead Bomber Over Europe

Charles Alling

A Mighty Fortress is the personal account of the Captain and crew of a lead bomber in the enormous formation raids made by the 8th Airforce during the last few months of the Second World War. Flying a total of 27 missions before the war came to an end in May 1945, Alling tells, with great restraint, the story of what it was like to be there, over t
Date Published :
October 2006
Publisher :
Casemate
Editor :
Elizabeth Alling Hildt
Language:
English
Illustration :
16 pages b/w photos
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Paperback
ISBN : 9781932033595
Pages : 256
Dimensions : 9 X 6 inches
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$22.95

Overview
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A Mighty Fortress is the personal account of the Captain and crew of a lead bomber in the enormous formation raids made by the 8th Airforce during the last few months of the Second World War.

It is an extraordinary tale of heroism and bravery on the part of the entire crew of just one B17 amongst hundreds - but the one B17 that meant most to them.

Flying a total of 27 missions before the war came to an end in May 1945, Alling tells, with great restraint, the story of what it was like to be there, over the skies of enemy territory, constantly on the look out for German fighters; of the enormity of some of the raids they were part of and the consequences for those on the ground; of the planes around them that fell out of the sky under enemy attack, the horror and the determination to succeed. The book gives a unique insight into the lives of one crew of one plane as the War neared its end.

Charles B. Alling received the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal with four Oak Leaf Clusters during the Second World War. He graduated from Yale University in 1947. In 1988, he retired and studied Ethics at Oxford University Graduate School in England. In 1989, he founded the Alling Institute for Ethics. The institute is affiliated with The Foundation for Leadership and Ethics in New York City of which Alling is Chairman Emeritus. Alling serves on the Board of Visitors of the Air University at Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, Alabama, an appointment by former Secretary of Defense, Bill Cohen. He lives in Kennebunk, Maine.

“In a fascinating way, Chuck Alling recalls his days as a pilot flying B-17’s over Germany. He is truly a member of ‘The Greatest Generation’ and from his book, written from the heart, people can learn a lot about the laughs and the tears of World War II.”
- Former President George H. W. Bush

About The Author
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Charles B. Alling received the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal with four Oak Leaf Clusters during the Second World War. He graduated from Yale University in 1947. In 1988, he retired and studied Ethics at Oxford University Graduate School in England. In 1989, he founded the Alling Institute for Ethics. The institute is affiliated with The Foundation for Leadership and Ethics in New York City of which Alling is Chairman Emeritus. Alling serves on the Board of Visitors of the Air University at Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, Alabama, an appointment by former Secretary of Defense, Bill Cohen. He lives in Kennebunk, Maine.

TABLE OF CONTENTS
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Preface

1 Through a Glass, Darkly
2 Sun in the East, Dead Ahead
3 Heartbeat F Fox
4 Assignment: To Hell and Back
5 Sweating It Out—Did I Hear an Engine Roar?
6 Near Miss
7 Merciless Hail
8 Code P: Dresden
9 Now the Day Is Over
10 Music of Angels
11 Many Thanks, Yanks
12 Victory in Europe
13 Flying Home on a Wing and a Prayer
14 Afterword

Endnotes
Index

REVIEWS
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"This is a personal account of the captain and crew of a lead bomber in the enormous formation raids made by the 8th Airforce during the last 10 months of World War II. The narrative demonstrates the courage and bravery of the crew of one B17 Flying Fortress. Flying 27 missions before the war’s end in May 1945, Alling provides a unique insight into the lives of a crew that flew the War to its end"

- Plane and Pilot

"In a fascinating way, Chuck Allling recalls his days as a pilot flying B-17's over Germany. He is truly a member of 'The Greatest Generation'; and from his book, written from the heart, people can learn a lot about the laughs and the tears of World War ll."

- Former President George H. W. Bush

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