B-24 Liberator Action in WW2 over Europe

   Forbidden Diary   
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   From the author's blow-by-blow diary kept during his tour of duty with the Eight Air Force, thirty-one bombing missions over Europe during WWII are described. Discussions of the art and skill of combat navigation and tales of R&R between missions round out the read. Striking photographs as well as other illustrations (maps & diagrams) add vivid depth to the narrative. Rain or heavy flak, bombed targets and sights of destruction, Air Base scenes, maps and insignia, and pub gatherings are depicted. Songs and poems of the era are also included. In an interesting appendix, portions of an Army Air Force manual, "Navigator's Information File," are featured. Equipment, procedures and methods utilized are detailed-some of which retain importance today, and some of which ultimately served as prototypes for the technology evolved since. 

   Getting there--and back alive--is more than half the battle! As a WWII combat navigator, John Lawrence Stewart survived 31 missions, but broke some rules. One of which was, he kept an accurate diary of the missions plus maps and charts issued only to navigators. Not embroidered by time's passage, his story is one man's thoroughly documented experiences as he guided his crew mates through enemy flak and safely home. 

From the Back Cover 
   AS a WWII combat navigator, John Stewart was the "tour guide" for a B-24 Liberator, launching from England to strike tactical and strategic targets in Occupied Europe and Germany. While surviving 31 missions flown with the 467th Bomber Group, Stewart broke two rules: he kept an accurate private diary documenting the specifics of those missions; and he retained several of the maps and charts issued only to navigators just prior to takeoff. With their assistance, he offers an engrossing, pointedly candid description of grueling aerial combat and of one man's uncensored observations as he shepherded his crewmates through nerve-crushing enemy flak to their targets-then safely home. Stewart vividly depicts the hazards he routinely confronted each time the live action departed from the manual's page. . .which was nearly every mission. Witness what occurs when precision guidance instruments fail and a navigator's aptly named "dead reckoning" is called upon to salvage a flight. And feel what it's like to learn your 37-mile-long bomb run requires you to plot a course directly into the teeth of a 130-knot headwind. . .leaving you to linger over enemy flak guns at a leisurely relative ground speed of  just 80 knots! The navigator's voice is one seldom heard in memoirs regarding the World War II missions of the celebrated 8th Air Force. Stewart's unvarnished recollections fill an enormous void with his painstakingly faithful reconstruction of that experience, and of that era. True story about the B-24 Liberator in the war in the Pacific


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Willow Run The History of the Development of the B-24 Liberator Bomber Exhibit

The exciting story of  building the B-24 Liberator
Warren Benjamin Kidder (Ben) was the last man to live on the Willow Run property before his house was torn down for the factory construction.  He has done a tremendous amount of research on building the Willow Run Plant and the B-24 Liberator.  The book is one of the best that I have ever read and you can see a large exhibit here with lots of great photos of the B-24 Liberator under construction plant in World War 2.  Exhibit Added Feb 2000
11 New Pages and a Major Exhibit Upgrade July 2007

By Warren Benjamin Kidder.
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Willow Run The Eighth Air Force WW2 Movie"

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The Mighty Eighth Air Force World War II Exhibit

The Mighty Eighth Air Force in Action during World War II.  Shows the building of the B-24 Liberator, Doolittle's Raids, Ploesti Raids, and a list of every mission flown by the Eighth Air Force.

The Might Eithth Air Force in Action in World War II


One More Mission Exhibit 

A Journey from Childhood to War
A tremendous story about Jesse Pettey a B-24 Liberator Pilot in World War 2 which takes you from his childhood to becoming an Army Air Force Captain in World War 2. 

By Jesse Pettey.

Jesse Petty, B-24 Liberator Pilot in WW2 who flew into Ploesti


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