The riveting firsthand account of World War II pilot Robert Morgan, his crew, and the legendary Memphis Bellewritten with Ron Powers, cowriter of the 1 New York Times bestseller Flags of Our Fathers.A powerful chronicle of loyalty, love, and heroism under fire, this is the unforgettable memoir of a member of the Greatest Generation who fought in Americas greatest battlesand of the war one man waged both in and out of the skies High spirited, young Robert Morgan was transformed from a fast living, privileged playboy who grew up hobnobbing with the Vanderbilts into a steel nerved pilot forged in the cauldron of World War IIs most dangerous and desperate aerial encounters This is the triumphant tale of that transformationand of the airplane and crew that never failed to bring him back home....
|Title||:||The Man Who Flew the Memphis Belle: Memoir of a WWII Bomber Pilot|
|Publisher||:||Dutton Caliber Reissue edition July 5, 2011|
|Number of Pages||:||416 pages|
|File Size||:||675 KB|
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The Man Who Flew the Memphis Belle: Memoir of a WWII Bomber Pilot Reviews
I have watched the movie "The Memphis Belle" and finally, became curious enough to want more information on the B-17 bomber and its crew. This is obviously the best primary source to select. The movie changes names and dramatizes things for maximum entertainment value. This memoir portrays the reality of the pilot that nine other men entrusted their lives with to complete bombing missions over Europe. Robert Morgan's memoir is an important and valuable history for WWII aviation enthusiasts and I found it to be an interesting and inspiring story. I highly recommend this volume!
Regarding the Memphis Belle, some may have read in Robert Morgan's autobiography that he chaffed under Major Harold C. Smelser's rigorous training in McDill Field and in Walla Walla. Major Smelser was commander of the 324th BBS of the 91st Group and he was my father.
Is this a good read? Yes it is, but not necessarily for the accounts of combat missions flown by Robert Morgan, pilot of the famed Memphis Belle, the first B-17 of the 8th Air Force to successfully complete 25 missions, and memoralized by William Wyler's photography and, in 1990, by a movie. More to the point, the story is one of what happened to the heroes of WWII, to those who flew, who were in the foxholes, who strode the deck of a warship. Did everyone come back to marry, buy a house, have children and live happpily ever after? Read this book and perhaps you'll understand in a small way what war meant and what it meant to those who fought in it.
I ordered this book after watching the film about the plane, and the reading experience was even more satisfying than I had expected. The book received somewhat mixed reviews because of the breezy style of the narrator that included a lot of personal, non-combat anecdotes; however, his reminiscences about growing up pre- world war gave an appealing insight in to that generation. Col. Morgan was a self proclaimed rascal, but to me, a most endearing and positive person - his depiction of flying over Europe as the chief pilot of his beloved airplane is validly vivid - he puts you right in the aircraft- and makes me wonder how those young men could face such incredible danger and high casualty rates day after day. Both the personal and historical information make this work a must for those of us fascinated by the "greatest generation."