JOURNEY OF THE GIANTS by Maj Gene Guerney

JOURNEY OF THE GIANTS

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KIRKUS REVIEW

The Japanese called them ""Sky Giants""---we called them superforts---and the Army Air Corps which spawned them called them the B-29. This is their story, written in accurate yet colorful pages by a professional Air Force public relations officer. Taking the B-29s from their inception on the drawing board in 1939 (we learn they were intended to bomb Germany from America) the author traces their history through test flights in 1942, their first use on bombing missions against Japan in 1944, and their final triumphant role in the terrible fire bomb and atom raids against that country in 1945. But he tells much more. In highly human, readable language he tells anecdote after anecdote of crew mishaps---crash landings in China, gun fights over Japan, technical troubles which plagued flight engineers for years---which make the B-29 squadrons come to life. It is a book which should have a wide readership, for it not only records a milestone of aviation, but documents a dramatic side of the War in the Pacific.

Pub Date: May 15th, 1961
Publisher: Coward-McCann