By Bob Drury,Tom Clavin
It is 1942, the japanese struggle laptop has rolled up the vast majority of the Pacific Theater, and American forces are clinging to what little unconquered territory continues to be. whereas US Marines claw their manner throughout Guadalcanal, small contingents folks military Airmen make their technique to the lonely, embattled Allied airbase on Papua New Guinea. Their venture: to shield Australia from invasion, harass jap provide strains, fly perilous bombing missions over enemy-held strongholds, and make reconnaissance runs to supply intelligence for America’s nascent island-hopping campaign.
Among those males are the pilot Captain Jay Zeamer and the bombardier Sergeant Joseph Raymond Sarnoski, whose swashbuckling reputations precede them. Zeamer, who can't persuade his superiors to offer him his personal aircraft, groups up with Sarnoski to recruit a group of fellow misfits to rebuild a dilapidated B-17 bomber from spare elements within the base’s junkyard. They christen the airplane Old 666, naming it from its tail id numbers. In June 1943, Zeamer and Sarnoski and their workforce volunteer for a 1200-mile suicide project into the guts of the japanese Empire which could good swap the process the war—but which just one of the 2 acquaintances will survive.
In Lucky 666, Drury and Clavin deliver to bright lifestyles one of many final nice untold tales of worldwide conflict II. that includes own letters, diaries, US military Air strength after-action stories, even the translated jap Imperial Air Force’s professional account of the longest dogfight in heritage, Lucky 666 is a story of friendship, heroism, and sacrifice set opposed to the bad backdrop of vicious aerial struggle, wounded crewmates, and a white-knuckle emergency touchdown within the jungles of latest Guinea—a must-read for somebody who loves pulse-pounding narrative nonfiction.
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