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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (10 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Phil Scearce Narrator: Danny Campbel Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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During the early years of World War II in the Pacific theatre, against overwhelming odds, young American airmen flew the longest and most perilous bombing missions of the war. They faced determined Japanese fighters without fighter escort, relentless anti-aircraft fire with no deviations from target, and thousands of miles of over-water flying with no alternative landing sites.

Finish Forty and Home is the true story of the men and missions of the 11th Bombardment Group as it fought alone and unheralded in the South Central Pacific, while America had its eyes on the war in Europe. The book opens with Sgt. Herman Scearce, the author’s father, lying about his age to join the Army Air Corps at 16. The narrative follows Scearce through training and into combat with his new crewmates, including pilot Lt. Joe Deasy, whose last-minute transfer from training duty thrusts the new crew into the squadron commander’s role. Inexperienced crews are pressed into combat with navigational training inadequate for the great distances flown over Pacific routes, and losses mount.

Finish Forty and Home takes the listener into combat with B-24 Liberator bomber crews facing the perils of long missions against tiny Japanese-held island targets. After new crews assembled into a squadron on Hawaii, they are sent on a mission to bomb Nauru. Soon the squadron moves on to bomb Wake Island, Tarawa, and finally Iwo Jima. These missions bring American forces closer and closer to the Japanese home islands and precede the critical American invasions of Tarawa and Iwo Jima. The 42nd Squadron’s losses through 1943 were staggering: 50 out of 110 airmen killed.

Phil Scearce explores the context of the war and sets the stage for these daring missions, revealing the motivations of the men who flew them: to finish forty combat missions and make it home again. He based his story upon substantial research at the Air Force Historical Research Agency and the National Archives, interviews with surviving airmen, and interviews and correspondence with the survivors of men who were lost. His is the first book to document America’s bomber offensive in the early days of the Pacific War.

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  • "Finish Forty and Home is a treasure: poignant, thrilling, and illuminating.”

    Laura Hillenbrand, author of Seabiscuit

  • “It is a comfort to know that this record has been written in remembrance of these patriots and of this part of our war in the Pacific.”

    Colonel Jesse E. Stay, U.S. Air Force (ret)

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Clayton Brannon | 11/26/2012

    " If you are interested in the air war in the Pacific during WWII this is a must read. "

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About the Author

Phil Scearce is the son of Sgt. Herman Scearce, a World War II Pacific War veteran. A graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a 2009 graduate of the Middle Tennessee State University Writer’s Loft program, he is a member of the Tennessee Writer’s Alliance, and his writing has appeared in the Tennessee Writer, among other publications. Scearce lives in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, with his wife and children.