The Bomber Boys: Heroes Who Flew the B-17s in World War II
True tales of heroism and the men who fought and died in the skies of World War II Europe.
In World War II, there were many ways to die. But nothing offered more fatal choices than being inside a B-17 bomber above Nazi-occupied Europe. From the hellish storms of enemy flak and relentless strafing of Luftwaffe fighters, to mid-air collisions, mechanical failure, and simple bad luck, it?s a wonder any man would volunteer for such dangerous duty. But many did. Some paid the ultimate price. And some made it home. But in the end, all would achieve victory.
Here, author Travis L. Ayres has gathered a collection of previously untold personal accounts of combat and camaraderie aboard the B-17 Bombers that flew countless sorties against the enemy, as related by the men who lived and fought in the air?and survived.
Excellent Stories of Bomber Crewmen, Well-Told
By R. Morris "Rob & Matt Morris" - October 23, 2009
I had been curious about this book for several years, as I also have written a book about the 'Bomber Boys' who flew the heavy bombers over Europe in World War Two. I finally ordered a copy from Amazon, and found it to be a well-written, thoughtful tribute to some of the men who flew the heavies and, by extension, of all the men who flew. The stories are told in a flowing, narrative style and encompass just the right amount of background information so that anyone--novice or expert--can place the individual into the broader picture of the Allied bomber offensive. Basically, the book is very similar to mine--a collection of stories about the men and how they reacted to their circumstances both during and after the war. Very human, and therefore very moving. I salute the author for this collection.
~Rob Morris, Author, Untold Valor: Forgotten Stories of American Bomber Crewmen over Europe in World War II (Potomac 2006) as well as
By Michael OConnor "Wordsmith" - November 19, 2009
Though some might say "Not another 8th AF book!?!," Travis Ayres' book deserves a look-see. Ayres has assembled stories from five 8th vets that present a fairly wide spectrum of wartime experiences. Further, the stories are presented in a literary style that captures the modesty and can-do spirit that characterizes Greatest Generation veterans of World War II. THE BOMBER BOYS is a both a history lesson and a great read!
Ayres covers five 8th AF veterans: 305th BG bombardier Tony Teta, 384th BG waist gunner Peter Seniawsky, 301st BG navigator Art Frechette, 351st BG ball turret gunner George Ahern and 385th BG navigator Bob Valliere. Several made it through their tour and returned stateside. Others like Frechette and Seniawsky were shot down. Art Frechette's shootdown though was amazing, the young navigator falling 15,000 feet without a parachute and lived! Seniawsky, on the other hand, successfully evaded, walking through Germany, France and Spain to freedom. One of Ahern's... read more
The Bomber Boys
By Judy Howard - November 12, 2009
The B-17 Bomber was one of the most deadly and effective weapons used to win WWII. It's success, however, must be credited to the young crew members who flew the Flying Fortress under unimaginable conditions. The Bomber Boys is about five ordinary young men who lived through incredible experiences and survived to share their stories with each other in their later years and with author Travis Ayers, who won their respect and permission to share those stories with the world. These true stories are so amazing that they seemed like adventurous fiction while giving the me insight into the true personal lives and thoughts of the subjects. This book is truly history brought to life.