WWII Books, Magazines, Newsletters and Movies
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::firstname.lastname@example.org
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: email@example.com
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, firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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Military Cinema Presents
Combat film of the 459th BG in WWII on DVD.
Archival Combat Film Footage DVD of the 304th Bomb Wing includes the 459th BG.