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Books and films of interest; from unit histories to general history. Many of these books contain either references or pictures of the 459th BG planes or personnel.

2 CD Set 459 BG Association Mission Bomb Damage Aerial Photos Slides - Histories-15th AF,304 BW`s4 Bomb Groups, B-24 Photos Mission Records, WW II Data Never Before Published, $25.00 mailed Order at::waltman2@peopleslcom.net

A-Train: Memoirs of a Tuskegee Airman - By Charles W. Dryden

CD 459th BG - Quarterly Issues with WarStories,Photos, Pictures, Reunion info on 459th BG members, past histories & events. Great Index to find 459 BG Members $ 10.00 mailed Order: waltman2@peoplescom.net

Ciao,Francesco,By Francis X. Medina.1995 ISBN 09645371-0-9 Great Book by - 756th Bomb Squadron member Shot Down & eluded capture for 8 months

Coffee Tower- a history of the 459th Bombardment Group in World War II - Editor, Lyle Mc Carty,1997,Published by Turner Publishing Co.,Paduccah,Ky 42002- OUT OF PRINT

Collings Foundation - On The Wing - 464th & 465th BG in the 15th AAF A story of courage, survival and the B-24 - http://www.collingsfoundation.org/px_booksandvideos.htm

Combat Flying Equipment - By C.G. Sweeting. A comprehensive look at equipment commonly used by the AAF during WWII.

Cuckoo Over Vienna By Claude L. Porter,1969 Village Press, ISBN 0-9624007- - 0-X, 756th Bomb Squadron member`s story of Ploesti raid, bailout, capture & being POW

Dear Wanda: A memoir of World War II - Dear Wanda: A memoir of World War II by Onan A. Hill. ISBN 978-1-62510-240-9. This is a very personal account of the Author's life for four years in the military from 1942 to 1946. This long letter was written specifically for his wife and four children. So, it is sometimes intimate. The narration covers his enlistment in the Signal Corps and his work as a radio operator in Hawaii, his transfer to the Army Air Corps, and his training as a cadet to become a Navigator and eventually a Mickey Operator, a radar navigator, tyhe one who does the bombing when there is overcast. He survives a combat tour, returnes to the States and washes out of pilot school, takes a refresher course and navigates C-54s across the Pacific. He is separated from the service as a Captain and undergoes a "let down" from four years if living with men only and then goes off to college.

Dear Wanda: A memoir of World War II - by Onan A. Hill. ISBN 978-1-62510-240-9.

This is a very personal account of the Author's life for four years in the military from 1942 to 1946. This long letter was written specifically for his wife and four children. So, it is sometimes intimate. The narration covers his enlistment in the Signal Corps and his work as a radio operator in Hawaii, his transfer to the Army Air Corps, and his training as a cadet to become a Navigator and eventually a Mickey Operator, a radar navigator, tyhe one who does the bombing when there is overcast. He survives a combat tour, returnes to the States and washes out of pilot school, takes a refresher course and navigates C-54s across the Pacific. He is separated from the service as a Captain and undergoes a "let down" from four years if living with men only and then goes off to college.

Diaster at Bari, B y Glenn B InfieldMacMillian & Co, 1971 - Discribes the Successful German Airraid on the Port of Bari,Italy in 1943 ,the results still visitable in Sept,1944

Down To Two Feet Altitude - Biography of B-24 Navigator, Col. Edward Weir during World War II, Cost is $21.95 & $5.00 shipping. Send to James A. Wells, at P.O. Box 1053, Denton, TX 76202

Fifteenth Air Force Combat Markings 1943-1945 E A Munday, MundayPub., - 11 Bath St, LondonEC-1; printed by Clark,Doble & Brendon,Ltd,Oakfield Press,PlymouthDevon.

Fifteenth Air Force Story, Kenn C Rust,1976, Historial Aviation Album Pub - LCCC, No.76-17673, ISBN 911852-79-4

Gear Up! - By Jon A. Maguire. Flight Clothing & Equipment of USAAF Airmen in World War II

James Joseph Farrell: An American Story - Memoirs of JJ Farrell, 32nd SQ, N.Africa 1942-1943 -

Knickerbockers West: The long Way Home-Bob Peterson1992 - Strange Printing Services ISBN11125117987 Free Read @www.loc.gov/vets/ Shearch HaroldPeterson

Lady Be Good by Mario Martinez, Naval Inst,1958 - B-24 that flew past the Radio Beacon deep into the Sahara Desert with loss of all aboard

Mine to Keep- Stories from Life-Edward L Denari Denmar Press ISBN1-930566-0 - Life stories & 759th Bomb Squadron stories.

More Silver Wings, Pinks & Greens - By Jon A. Maguire. An Expanded Study of USAS, USAAC, & USAAF Uniforms, Wings & Insignia ¥ 1913-1945 Including Civilian Auxiliaries.

No Time for Fear: Voices of American Military Nurses in World War II - by Diane Burke Fessler. More than 100 first-person interviews with Army and Navy nurses who served overseas during the 1940s, including the first flight nurses.

Operation Halyard-Rescue of Shot Down WW II Airmen - OSS World War II Operation to rescue Shot Down Allied Airmen from Yugoslavia in 1944

Rattlesnake Bomber Base: Pyote Army Airfield In Wold War II - By Thomas E. Alexander.

Silver Wings, Pinks & Greens - By Jon A. Maguire. Uniforms, Wings & Insignia of USAAF Airmen in World War II

Tail End Charlie-In Ole #605, Adventures & Misadventures of a W.W.II Flier - by Richard Moulton. ISBN 1-4010-6568-6. Available from Xlibris.com

The Bomber Boys: Heroes Who Flew the B-17s in World War II -

The Bomber Command, Jeffrey L Ethell,1994MBI Publ ISBN 0-7603-1654-6 - Contains a great deal of information about and by 459th BG Members

The Fifteenth Air Force Story,1986, The 15th Air Force Assn. - (Assn .now disbanned),Printed by Taylor Pub. Co.,Dallas,TX, 224 pages

The Good Old Days 1923-2001Chet Nothard,2005Trafford Press ISBN - 1-4120-6018-4 Order thru Chester Nothhard,15Cullens Run,Pittsford, NY14534,757BS Belly Gunner

The Last Surviving Crew-459th Bomb Group Association - Tale of the last surviving 459th BG Crew-DVD $6.00 Order thru Steven Dela, sdela@socal.rr.com

The Man Who Flew the Memphis Belle: Memoir of a WWII Bomber Pilot - By Robert Morgan. As commander of one of WWII's heavy B-17 bombers, the Memphis Belle, Morgan led 25 missions over Europe.

The Royal Air Force in Texas - Training British Pilots in Terrell During World War II (War and the Southwest Series, No. 8). By Tom Killebrew.

The Tuskegee Airmen - By Lynn M. Homan & Thomas Reilly. A history of the Tuskegee Airmen. Includes pictures of aircraft maintenance and enlisted personnel.

The Wrong Stuff! - The Adventures and Misadventures of an 8th Air Force Aviator. By Truman Smith.

The Young Ones: American Airmen of WW II By Erik Dyreborg -

There Are Such Things - Daniel Derrick, a product of an impoverished rural Texas family, was determined to make something of his life. He threw in his lot with the new Army Air Corps and became an active participant in the “Greatest Generation.” His memoir, which winds through the Depression in Northeast Texas, adventures as a WWII bombardier, Air Force JAG officer, and Texas attorney, includes this citizen-soldier’s views of the U.S.—the point-of-view of the common man affected by world-wide events. Here is the witness of a member of the generation whose lifetimes span the introduction of a new phenomenon-- the airplane-- to the worldwide net and space shuttles. Through Dan’s eyes, we see how the Great Depression affected the “Main Street, USA” American, the intense pride and struggle to educate and better himself and his situation, the fledgling Air Force and its newly birthed JAG division, the homesickness of the soldier in wartime, and the incredible movement and adjustments of military families. Woven throughout Dan’s trials and triumphs is the thread of love of family and nation.

Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo - By Ted W. Lawson. Story of the Doolittle Raid.

Tuskegee Airman: The Biography of Charles F. McGee - Air Force Fighter Combat Record Holder. By Charlene E. McGee Smith.

USAAF Heavy Bomber Units,ETO-MTO1942-45 Jerry Scutts Osprey Pub. - ISBN 0-85045-1310,1977, Soft back,48 pages

Wings and Barbed Wire by Gerald A. Duval,2001,Published by1st Books ISBN - 0-75962-593-X,Fascinating book by 759th Bomb Squadron Member

Courtesies of the Heart by Kenneth Breaux. This incredible story chronicles the remarkable set of circumstances that combined with tenacious investigation and generosity of time and spirit to locate -- over 50 years later -- the crash site of a WWII fighter pilot whose fate had never been known. The way this puzzle was solved by individuals and groups from various countries is a true inspiration and a moving testimony to the power of internet technology combined with kind, generous people who were not willing to give up trying to solve this mystery. Some readers will love this book just for the true story. History and WWII buffs will appreciate the military and aviation details that the author used to enrich the telling of the story and make it much more vivid. My 87 year old father -- who flew P-38s and P-51s in Europe -- was part of the same overall mission in which the missing pilot in this story participated. He was so enthralled with this book that he bought eight copies and has just ordered more to send to all of his WWII and pilot friends.

Courtesies of the Heart is available as a signed copy from the author for $18.00 including postage. US addresses only.

Write to:
Kenneth Breaux
11611 Wickhollow Lane
Houston, Tx 77043
kenneth.breaux@sbcglobal.net

Courtesies of the Heartis also available from Barnes and Noble, Borders, Trafford Publishing and Amazon.com at the list price of $21.00

"Last Roll Call - The Adventure of a B-17 Tailgunner" by Kenneth S. Tucker. Website: www.lastrollcall.net. Wanda T. Goodwin co-author

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