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Jerry Joswick has gone back almost 20 years in memory to develop the story of the Air Force's First Combat Camera Unit, of which he was the technical sergeant. The book will contain many of the notable photographs he took in actual combat in the European theater, but its essential value is for the gripping text. With the aid of Keating, a professional writer, Joswick has translated for the civilian some of the more hair-raising sensations corollary to flying mission after mission into the face of enemy anti-aircraft defense, shooting demolition scenes amid the slipstream of an open bomb-bay or crouched in a tiny space behind the pilot's chair. Mortality among members of this special unit was inordinately high, and Joswick himself had numerous close shaves while getting films highly valued for training and morale purposes. Although Combat Cameraman is a first-person story, it is modest intone. It is an absorbing testimonial to human courage and devotion to duty.

Pub Date: April 25th, 1961
Publisher: Chilton