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On his 19th birthday, James E. Brown tries to fake to his flight instructor that he has flown before. On his 21st birthday, Brown is on his way home after logging 85 missions in a P-47 fighter over Italy, France, and Germany.

Brown's stories surrounding his training and combat experiences in World War II reveal brushes with death, continuous peril and, ultimately, a coming of age for a young man whose freshman year in college becomes instead a heroic engagement with one of the fiercest enemies his country has ever encountered.

Ever dutiful to the mother who tells him to "write it down, Jamie", Brown notes his experiences in the journal she provides and adds detail later to deliver a firsthand account of life as a pilot in the final months of combat within the European Theater.

Serving as Tail-End Charley - the last man out - in most of the missions he flew, Brown's job was to record results for the interrogation officers afterward. But Brown offers much more insight in this memoir. Follow his triumphs and travails with colleagues who become lifelong compatriots during an indelible period in American history.

©2017 James E. Brown (P)2018 Tantor

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Interesting story of WW2 P-4 fighter-bomber pilot

Well-told report of an American 2nd world war fighter-bomber pilot, beginning with his training in the States and through his tour of duty through Italy, France and Germany in 1944/45, flying a P-47. A nice young guy, who fought hard but didn't lose his conscience.

The narrator did - as he seemingly always does - a magnificent job!

Thanx, and a full recommendation for everyone woh is interested in this subject.