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An emotional gauntlet : from life in peacetime America to the war in European skies /
Stuart J. Wright ; maps and formation plans by Grant Wright.
imprint
Madison : University of Wisconsin Press, Terrace Books, c2004.
description
xxiv, 334 p. : ill., maps ; 26 cm.
ISBN
0299205207
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imprint
Madison : University of Wisconsin Press, Terrace Books, c2004.
isbn
0299205207
catalogue key
5436535
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 321-326) and index.
A Look Inside
About the Author
Author Affiliation
Stuart J. Wright is a Writer and Musician Based in London. He Has Flown in the Last Flying B-24 in the World. This is His First Book
Reviews
Review Quotes
"A compelling story. Wright establishes the strong spirit these men shared, based on their pilot's pledge that he would bring them back-back from each mission and back to resume their peacetime lives. An Emotional Gauntlet stands out for its integration of prewar civilian life with wartime experiences. To me, this is the essence of America's story in the war, and I am glad to find a book that comprehends this and tells the story from this perspective."Jerome Klinkowitz, author of Yanks over Europe: American Flyers in World War II
"A compelling story. Wright establishes the strong spirit these men shared, based on their pilot's pledge that he would bring them back-back from each mission and back to resume their peacetime lives. An Emotional Gauntlet stands out for its integration of prewar civilian life with wartime experiences. To me, this is the essence of America's story in the war, and I am glad to find a book that comprehends this and tells the story from this perspective."--Jerome Klinkowitz, author of Yanks over Europe: American Flyers in World War II
"[An Emotional Gauntlet] is as fresh as the smell of 100 octane on a crisp morning. Author Stuart J. Wright brings freshness to his topic that we thought had been burned away in the '50s and '60s."John Drennan, 8th Air Force Historical Society, Massachusetts ChapteR
"[ An Emotional Gauntlet ] is as fresh as the smell of 100 octane on a crisp morning. Author Stuart J. Wright brings freshness to his topic that we thought had been burned away in the ‘50s and ‘60s."--John Drennan, 8th Air Force Historical Society, Massachusetts ChapteR
" An Emotional Gauntlet shows the difference in mindset of American civilians before the war and the mindset of those civilians once they became soldiers and flew overseas. "-- The Freekport Ink
"Much of the book is devoted to the devastating aerial warfare, and although years have passed, the author's diligent research gives us a dramatic picture of the costly battles. . . . A worthy addition to most home libraries."-- Brockton Enterprise
"Superb. I highly recommendAn Emotional Gauntlet. The main thread, about the Corky crew, is terrific."Martin W. Bowman, author ofB-24 Liberator: Combat LegendsandWild Blue Yonder: Glory Days of the U.S. 8th Air Force in England
"Superb. I highly recommend An Emotional Gauntlet . The main thread, about the Corky crew, is terrific."--Martin W. Bowman, author of B-24 Liberator: Combat Legends and Wild Blue Yonder: Glory Days of the U.S. 8th Air Force in England
"This comprehensive, well researched, and well documented memoir tells not only of the war experience, but also much personal history of these men. . . . WWII veterans, those with an interest in history or aviation, and especially the relatives of WWII veterans will be interested in reading this memoir. . . . Stuart Wright honors . . . all brave men and women, our veterans, by recording their history and writing their story."-- Nodaway New Leader
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Summaries
Main Description
Stuart J. Wright tells the gripping story of a World War II American aircrew flying missions from England in a B-24 Liberator bomber they nicknamed Corky. This is a true account based on years of research and correspondence with crewmembers and their families. Wright adds a dimension rarely explored in other World War II memoirs and narratives, beginning the chronicle during peacetime when the men of the aircrew are introduced as civilians-kids during the 1920s. As they mature through the years of the Great Depression to face a world at war, questions are raised about "just" and "unjust" wars, imperialism, and patriotism. Jingoistic sentimentality is resisted in favor of objectivity, as the feelings and motivations of the crewmembers are explored: the Chinese American air gunner had hoped to serve in the U.S. Army Air Force to fight against the Japanese invaders of his homeland; the Jewish navigator felt compelled to join the battle against Nazi Germany. In recounting the harrowing conditions and horrors of bombing missions over Europe, An Emotional Gauntlet emphasizes the interpersonal relationships within the crew and the spirit these men shared. Corky's crew served under Operations Officer Major James Stewart (the Hollywood movie star.) They often returned from arduous bombing missions to sleep in half-empty huts--their friends in other planes had not been so lucky. Pilot Jack Nortridge regularly assured his crew, "If you fly with me, I'm going to bring you home." This book is a testament to their strength and determination.
Main Description
Stuart J. Wright tells the gripping story of a World War II American aircrew flying missions from England in a B-24 Liberator bomber they nicknamed Corky. This is a true account based on years of research and correspondence with crewmembers and their families. Wright adds a dimension rarely explored in other World War II memoirs and narratives, beginning the chronicle during peacetime when the men of the aircrew are introduced as civilians-kids during the 1920s. As they mature through the years of the Great Depression to face a world at war, questions are raised about "just" and "unjust" wars, imperialism, and patriotism. Jingoistic sentimentality is resisted in favor of objectivity, as the feelings and motivations of the crewmembers are explored: the Chinese American air gunner had hoped to serve in the U.S. Army Air Force to fight against the Japanese invaders of his homel the Jewish navigator felt compelled to join the battle against Nazi Germany. In recounting the harrowing conditions and horrors of bombing missions over Europe, An Emotional Gauntlet emphasizes the interpersonal relationships within the crew and the spirit these men shared. Corky's crew served under Operations Officer Major James Stewart (the Hollywood movie star.) They often returned from arduous bombing missions to sleep in half-empty huts--their friends in other planes had not been so lucky. Pilot Jack Nortridge regularly assured his crew, "If you fly with me, I'm going to bring you home." This book is a testament to their strength and determination.
Unpaid Annotation
Stuart J. Wright tells the gripping story of a World War II American aircrew flying missions from England in a B-24 Liberator bomber they nicknamed Corky. This account is based on years of research and correspondence with crewmembers and their families. Wright adds a rare dimension in World War II memoirs and narratives, beginning the chronicle during peacetime when the men of the aircrew are introduced as civilians--kids during the Great Depression. As they grow up to face a world at war, questions are raised about "just" and "unjust" wars, imperialism, and patriotism. In recounting the harrowing conditions and horrors of bombing missions over Europe, An Emotional Gauntlet emphasizes the interpersonal relationships within the crew and spirit these men shared. Corky's crew served under Operations Officer Major James Stewart (the Hollywood movie star). They often returned from arduous bombing missions to sleep in half-empty huts--their friends in other planes had not been so lucky. Pilot Jack Nortridge regularly assured his crew, "If you fly with me, I'm going to bring you home." This book is a testament to their strength and determination.
Table of Contents
List of Illustrationsp. xi
Forewordp. xv
Acknowledgmentsp. xvii
Introductionp. xviii
The Meeting of the "Loveable Bastards"
Shadows on the Horizonp. 3
Boise, Idahop. 22
A League of Nationsp. 37
Pocatello, Idahop. 46
Riverside, Californiap. 56
"If You Fly with Me, I'm Going to Bring You Home"
On the Road to the Big Leaguep. 69
Somewhere in Englandp. 88
In the Air and On the Groundp. 106
At Dawn for Gothap. 116
Prisoner of Warp. 128
Flak/Fighters
Hosts in the Skyp. 151
Jimmy Stewart, Leadership, and the Liberty Runp. 176
The Battle of Brunswickp. 202
"Our Prayers That Night Were Shared"p. 218
Paris and Londonp. 229
Fear/Faith
Milk Runs and Maximum Effortsp. 241
Flame Leapp. 258
"Great Crusade"p. 269
Hamburg and Berlinp. 278
Homecomingp. 290
Epilogue: Twilight's Last Gleamingp. 297
Crew Personnelp. 311
Notesp. 314
Glossaryp. 318
Bibliographyp. 321
Indexp. 327
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