Author: Gordon Bennett Robertson Jr.
Paperback: 232 pages
Publisher: Wide Awake Books; 1 edition (May 6, 2016)
Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
By March 1945, when Ben Robertson took to the skies above Japan in his B-29 Superfortress, the end of World War II in the Pacific seemed imminent. But although American forces were closing in on its home islands, Japan refused to surrender, and American B-29s were tasked with hammering Japan to its knees with devastating bomb runs. That meant flying low-altitude, night-time incendiary raids under threat of flak, enemy fighters, mechanical malfunction, and fatigue. It may have been the beginning of the end, but just how soon the end would come – and whether Robertson and his crew would make it home – was far from certain.
About the Author
Gordon Bennett Robertson, Jr., flew thirty-five combat missions against Japan as a B-29 pilot in World War II.
1) By Randolph P. Snyder on December 28, 2006
I purchased a copy of this book when it first appeared on the booklists. Being a pilot and an aircraft historian, I completed the book in one long night. To say that Col. Robertson is a terrific writer is an understatement. This book is extremely well writen and holds your attention throughout. I have read many books on WWII and the air engagements within that conflict. I can say without equivication that this is the finest book of that genre. Do not miss this outstanding story!
2) By David R. Braden on December 1, 2006
This is unquestionably one of the very best books written about the aerial battle over the Japanese homeland that eventually defeated the Japanese Empire and brought about the end of World War II. Airplane Commander Gordon Benett Robertson, Jr. eloquently describes his training and the missions of the B-29 Superfortresses of the 20th Air Force. The story of this magnificent aircraft and its crews is must read for all historians.
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