The very young men who flew the B24s over
Germany in World War II against terrible odds were an exemplary band of
brothers. In The Wild Blue, Stephen Ambrose recounts their
extraordinary brand of heroism, skill, daring, and comradeship.
Stephen Ambrose describes how the Army
Air Forces recruited, trained, and chose those few who would undertake the most
demanding and dangerous jobs in the war. These are the boys—turned pilots,
bombardiers, navigators, and gunners of the B24s—who suffered over 50 percent
us along in the crowded, uncomfortable, and dangerous B24s as their crews
fought to the death through thick, black, deadly flak to reach their targets
and destroy the German war machine or else went down in flames.
Twenty-two-year-old George McGovern who was to become a United States senator
and a presidential candidate, flew thirty-five combat missions (all the Army
would allow) and won the Distinguished Flying Cross. We meet him and his mates,
his co-pilot killed in action, and crews of other planes—many of whom did not
As Band of Brothers and Citizen Soldiers portrayed
the bravery and ultimate victory of the American soldier from Normandy on to
Germany, The Wild Blue makes clear the contribution these
young men of the Army Air Forces stationed in Italy made to the Allied victory. Download and start listening now!