Keep 'em Flying WWII Recommended Reading List

(Updated 11 February 2009)

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U.S. Army Air Corps Personal Accounts from WWII:

  • Astor, Gerald. The Mighty Eighth: The Air War in Europe as Told by the Men Who Fought It. New York: Donald I. Fine. ISBN 1-55611-510-5.

  • Bowman, Martin W. 8th Air Force at War: Memories and Missions, England 1942-45.Patrick Stevens Limited, 1994. ISBN 1-85260-444-1.

  • Childers, Thomas. Wings of Morning. Reading, Mass: Addison-Wessley, 1995. ISBN 0-201-48310-6.

  • Comer, John. Combat Crew. New York: William Morrow, 1988. ISBN Unknown.

  • Cooper, Robert Floyd. Serenade to the Blue Lady: The Story of Bert Stiles.Fort Bragg, CA: Cypress House, 1993. ISBN 1-879384-21-3.

  • Crosby, Harry H. A Wing and a Prayer: The "Bloody 100th" Bomb Group of the U.S. Eighth Air Force in Action over Europe in World War II. New York: HarperCollins, 1993. ISBN 0-06-016941-9.

  • Ethell, Jeffrey L. and Sand, Robert. T. Fighter Command. Osceola, WI: Motorbooks International, 1991. ISBN 0-87938-473-5.

  • Ethell, Jeffrey L. Bomber Command. Osceola, WI: Motorbooks International, 1994. ISBN 0-87938-920-6.

  • Farr, Frank. P.O.W.: A Kriegie's Story. AuthorHouse, 2004. ISBN 978-1418480417.

  • Fletcher, Eugene. Fletcher's Gang: A B-17 Crew in Europe, 1944-45. Seattle: The University of Washington Press, 1988. ISBN 0-295-96604-1.

  • Fletcher, Eugene. Mister: The Training of an Aviation Cadet in World War II.Seattle: The University of Washington Press, 1992. ISBN 0-295-97181-9.

  • Freeman, Roger A. Experiences of War: The American Airman in Europe. Osceola, WI: Motorbooks International, 1991. ISBN 0-87938-556-1.

  • Hawkins, Ian L. (ed). B-17s Over Berlin: Personal Stories from the 95th Bomb Group (H). Washington: Brassey's(US), 1990. ISBN 0-08-040569-X.

  • Lande, D.A. From Somewhere in England. Osceola, WI: Motorbooks International, 1991. ISBN 0-87938-448-4.

  • McGuire, William C., II. After the Liberators: A Father's Last Mission, A Son's Lifelong Journey. Boone, N.C.: Parkway Publishers, Inc., 1999. ISBN 1-887905-19-7.

  • Merrill, Sandra D. Donald's Story. Berlin, MD: Tebidine Publishing, 1996. ISBN 0-9649541-4-1.

  • Novey, Jack. The Cold Blue Sky: A B-17 Gunner in World War Two. Charlottesville, VA: Howell Press, 1997. ISBN 1-57427-066-4.

  • O'Neill, Brian D. Half a Wing, Three Engines and a Prayer: B-17s over Germany.Blue Ridge Summit, PA: Tab Books, 1989. ISBN 0-8306-8385-2.

  • Pinkham, John H. Jack's Memoirs. E. Pinkham Enterprises LLC, 2008 (self-published at Lulu.com). ISBN: 978-0-578-00230-9.

  • Richards, Willard. Fear, Faith, Courage. Strasburg, OH: Willard Richards, 1993.

  • Smith, Truman. The Wrong Stuff: The Adventures and Misadventures of an 8th Air Force Aviator. St. Petersburg, FL: Southern Heritage Press, 1996. ISBN 0-941072-23-1.

  • Stiles, Bert. Serenade to the Big Bird. New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 1952. [The 1952 original US and other publications are out of print and hard to find. A true classic. The most recent publication is by Schiffer Military History, 2007. ISBN: 978-0764313967. Also see Cooper book for biography.]

  • Woolnough, John H. (ed.). Stories of the Eighth. Hollywood, FL: The 8th AF News, 1983.

U.S. Army Air Corps Histories from WWII:

  • Army Air Forces Aid Society. Target: Germany. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1943.

  • Bowman, Martin W. Castles in the Air. Patrick Stevens Limited, 1984. ISBN 0-85059-786-2.

  • Bowman, Martin W. Fields of Little America: An Illustrated History of the 8th Air Force 2nd Air Division 1942-1945. Patrick Stevens Limited, 1977. ISBN 1-85260-130-2.

  • Freeman, Roger A. The Mighty Eighth. New York: Orion Books, 1970. ISBN 0-517-57691-0.

  • Freeman, Roger A. The Mighty Eighth Warpaint and Heraldry. London: Arms & Armour Press, 1997. ISBN 1-85409-373-8.

  • Havelaar, Marion H. with Hess, William N. The Ragged Irregulars of Bassingbourne: The 91st Bombardment Group in World War II. Atglen, PA: Schiffer, 1995. ISBN 0-88740-810-9.

  • Jablonski, Edward. Flying Fortress. Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1965.

  • Kaplan, Philip and Smith, Rex Alan. One Last Look. New York: Artabras Publishers, 1983. ISBN 0-89660-012-2.

  • Kaplan, Philip and Saunders, Andy. Little Friends. New York: Random House, 1991. ISBN 0-394-58434-1.

  • Kaplan, Philip and Currie, Jack. Round the Clock. New York: Random House, 1993. ISBN 0-394-58921-1.

  • McCrary, John R. (Tex) and Scherman, David E. First of the Many. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1944.

U.S. Army Personal Accounts from WWII:

  • Egger, Bruce E. and Otts, Lee MacMillan, Raley, Paul (ed.). G Company's War. Tuscaloosa: The University of Alabama Press, 1992. ISBN 0-8173-0566-1.

  • Gantter, Raymond. Roll Me Over: An Infantryman's World War II. New York: Ivy Books, 1997. ISBN 0-8041-1605-9.

  • Leinbaugh, Harold P. and Campbell, John D. The Men of Company K. New York: William Morrow, 1985. ISBN 0-688-04421-2.

  • Mauldin, Bill. Up Front. New York: Henry Holt, 1945.

  • Mauldin, Bill. The Brass Ring. New York: W.W. Norton, 1971.

  • Nichols, David (ed.). Ernie's War: The Best of Ernie Pyle's World War II Dispatches. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1996. ISBN 0-671-64452-1.

  • Pyle, Ernie. Here is Your War. New York: Henry Holt, 1943.

  • Pyle, Ernie. Brave Men. New York: Henry Holt, 1944.

  • Pyle, Ernie. The Last Chapter. New York: Henry Holt, 1946.

  • Rooney, Andrew A. My War. New York: Times Books, 1995. ISBN 0-8129-2532-7.

  • Roush, Col. John H., Jr. (ed.). World War II Reminiscences. ISBN 0-9600830-3-6.

  • Tapert, Annette. Lines of Battle: Letters From American Servicemen, 1941-1945. New York: Times Books, 1987. ISBN 0-8129-1316-7.

  • Tobin, James. Ernie Pyle's War. New York: The Free Press, 1997. ISBN 0-684-83642-4.

U.S. Army Histories from WWII:

  • Gardiner, Juliet. Overpaid, Oversexed, & Over Here: The American GI in World War II Britain. New York: Canopy Books, 1992. ISBN 1-55859-408-6.

  • Hoyt, Edwin P. The GI's War. New York: DeCapo Press, 1988. ISBN 0-306-80448-4.

  • Kennett, Lee. G.I.: The American Soldier in World War II. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1987. ISBN 0-684-18491-5.

  • Martin, Ralph, G. The G.I. War 1941-1945. Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1967.

Photographic Reference Books:

  • Ethell, Jeffrey L. and Sand, Robert. T. Fighter Command. Osceola, WI: Motorbooks International, 1991. ISBN 0-87938-473-5.

  • Ethell, Jeffrey L. Bomber Command. Osceola, WI: Motorbooks International, 1994. ISBN 0-87938-920-6.

  • Ethell, Jeffrey L. The Victory Era in Color. Greendale, WI: Reminisce Books, 1994. ISBN 0-89821-127-1.

  • Ethell, Jeffrey L. There Once Was a War: The Collected Color Photography of World War II. New York: Viking Studio Books, 1995. ISBN 0-670-86044-1.

  • Freeman, Roger A. The Mighty Eighth in Color. Stillwater, MN: Specialty Press, 1992. ISBN 0-933424-57-4.

  • Freeman, Roger A. The Ninth Air Force in Colour. London: Arms & Armour Press, 1995. ISBN 1-85409-272-3.

  • Woolnough, Lt. Col. John H. The 8th Air Force Album. Hollywood, FL: The 8th AF News, 1978.

  • Woolnough, Lt. Col. John H. The 8th Air Force Yearbook. Alton, IL: The 8th Air Force Memorial Museum Foundation, Inc., 1981.

Miscellaneous Histories from WWII:

  • Bradley, James. Flags of Our Fathers. New York: Bantam Books, 2000. ISBN 0-553-11133-7.

  • Goodman, Jack. While You Were Gone: A Report on Wartime Life in the United States. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1946.

  • Litoff, Judy Barrett and Smith, David C. (eds.). Since You Went Away: World War II Letters from American Women on the Home Front. New York: Oxford University Press, 1991. ISBN 0-19-506795-9.

Other Related Books:

  • Davidsmeyer, Jo. COMBAT! A Viewer's Companion to the Classic TV Series. Hillside, IL: R&G Productions, 1997. ISBN 0-9640338-4-4.

  • Jason, Rick. Scrapbooks of My Mind: A Hollywood Autobiography. Argoe Publishing, 2000. ISBN 0970162405.


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