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An 8th Air Force Combat Diary

by John A. Clark
Published by Proctor Publications, LLC - $49.95 plus $8 postage & handling

 

During the Second World War the author flew as the copilot of a B-17 "Flying Fortress" in the "The Bloody Hundredth," the famous 100th Bomb Group of the Eighth Air Force. After each of his 32 missions over Germany he recorded a Diary entry describing his combat experiences. This Diary, now being published after almost 60 years, is the focus of this War Memoir. The unfolding story provides a realistic account of aerial combat in the brutal air war over Europe, including encounters with "flak" and German fighters, on 7-9 hour missions during the harsh winter, 1944-45. The role the severe English winter weather played in the flying of a heavily loaded bomber during takeoff and later on the return to base is described. The crash of his battle damaged Fortress in Belgium in which the crew had a remarkable escape and an unexpected epiphany on a mission to Merseburg, are part of the story.

This War Chronicle begins with Introductory and Background History sections and closes with an Epilogue that includes the author's post-war flying with the Michigan Air National Guard. Several "War Stories," all true, provide additional drama to this account of the life of a WWII combat pilot. In honor of the sacrifices of his fallen comrades, a chapter titled Requiescat in Pace is included. Over 150 unpublished combat photographs and about 50 others, all from the author's collection, are distributed throughout the Memoir.


Father Found

by Duane Heisinger
Published by Xulon Press - $13.95 plus $8 postage & handling

 

 


Shobun

A Forgotten War Crime in the Pacific

by Michael J. Goodwin
Stockpole Books, hardback, $19.95 plus $8 postage & handling

 

The Hotton Report

by Robert K. McDonald
Second Edition - Published by Finbar Press - $13.95 plus $8 postage & handling

The Belgian crossroads village of Hotton was for several days at the epicenter of the Second World War.

The Hotton battle occurred in the fluid first days of what became known as the Battle of the Bulge. It is a story worth telling, typical as it was of many hard-fought actions by isolated and outnumbered American forces during that bitterly cold Christmas season.

Until now, the battle for Hotton ranked in the top tier of worthy but untold stories of World War II. Robert McDonald, whose father fought at Hotton, has sifted through the facts to give us the brutal picture of those determined troops who held this vital crossroads "at all cost." His characterization of the soldiers who fought there is a moving tribute to their courage.

Robert K. McDonald is the author of the Wall Street novel The Alter Boy. His mother lost her first husband in WWII.

 

A Legacy of Letters

One Soldier's Story

by Clinton Frederick
Published by Zonicom Press - $26.95 plus $8 postage & handling

In 2002, Clinton Frederick returned to his grandparents' old house in Laurel Springs, New Jersey, for a family wedding. In the attic, just as he'd remembered from his childhood, were Japanese swords, parachutes, and other memorabilia from World War II. In a musty old trunk, tucked back under the rafters, he discovered more than a hundred letters written by his father, Captain George Frederick. These letters, most of which Capt. Frederick had written to his mother, chronicled from a personal standpoint many of the major events that shaped the world. But most of all, the letters led Clinton to know his father and are testimony to his character.

In WWII - A Legacy of Letters, Clinton Frederick artfully weaves together his father's letters with fascinating historical information about some of the most important military campaigns of the war. History too often is simply a dry recitation of dates, events, and people. Frederick's book puts a very human face on the events surrounding the Pacific Theatre of World War II as his father, a pilot assigned to ground forces, battles through New Guinea and into the Admiralty Islands.

Sporty Course

Memoirs of a WWII Bomber Pilot

by COL Jack Swayze (Ret.)
Published by Sunflower University Press Press - $10.00 plus $8 postage & handling

"Sporty Course" is a rare biographical history of a World War II B-24 bomber pilot (assigned to the 448th Bomb Group at Seething, U.K.) who flew two combat tours (64 missions) over Nazi Germany, from 1943 until 1945.  This book, written by Colonel Jack Swayze, tells of the actual experiences of a pilot who survived three crash landings in Central Europe, one crash landing in England, and never lost a single crew member during World War II.   He received two Distinguished Flying Cross awards during his tours.

This book is far more than merely historical research by an author who has simply gathered military records, which may, or may not be completely accurate.  "Sporty Course" is the first-hand account of a pilot who flew, fought, survived, and was instrumental in destroying the Nazi Third Reich. 

One "Sporty Course" reader states in a recent letter:

"The straight-forward approach made the story easy to read.  I liked the details in portions of it.  Particularly some of the details of the shortcomings of the B-24 and comparisons with the B-17.  While I have read other books with similar details, this version is the best I have encountered so far.  Since my Dad was trained on and flew B-17's, that has largely been my main focus.  While the training was the same, this book made it very clear to me that there were major differences when flying on operational missions."

'Sporty Course' is a wonderful book that covers all aspects of becoming a bomber pilot.  Then, it takes you to war.  A great book that deserves to be in the library of everyone interested in the 8th AF. 

 

Full Fathom Five

A Daughter's Search

by Mary Lee Coe Fowler
The University of Alamaba Press - $29.95 plus $8 postage & handling

One woman’s quest for knowledge of her father lost at sea.

Mary Lee Coe Fowler was a posthumous child, born after her father, a submarine skipper in the Pacific, was lost at sea in 1943. Her mother quickly remarried into a difficult and troubled relationship, and Mary Lee’s biological father was never mentioned. It was not until her mother died and Mary Lee was a middle-aged adult that she set out to learn not only who her father was, but what happened to him and his crew, and why—and also to confront why she had shied away from asking these questions until it was nearly too late.

Fowler searched through old ships’ logs, letters, and naval communiqués; visited submarine museums, the Naval Academy, and other pertinent sites; interviewed old friends and crew members who knew her dad and mom or served concurrently; and slowly reconstructed the world in which they lived. Beautifully written, Fowler’s memoir reveals what she eventually learned: of the perils and hardships of submarine service in wartime, of the tragic irony of how her father’s sub was probably lost, and of the long-term damage experienced by the families of those who do not come home from war.

“In her very personal quest to find a father she never knew, Ms. Fowler breathes life into those men who volunteered and served aboard the diesel boats. She wisely allows the people who were there to tell their experiences. . . . This is a romance, an intensely personal search for family roots, a war story, and a compelling examination of aspects of World War II.”

— Don Keith, coauthor of Gallant Lady:
A Biography of the USS Archerfish

Mary Lee Coe Fowler is a writer and teacher of English and ESL living in Maine. Author of Growing with Community Gardening, her work has appeared in Other Voices, Mother Earth News, and Bloomsbury Review.

 

A Soldier's Daughter

by Lois Brown Klein
Published by Turning Point Books - $17 plus $8 postage & handling

Until I read "Lost in the Victory," my writings about a family whose “husband-father-soldier” had been killed in WWII were relegated to notebooks shared with no one. The grief and shame felt mine alone. With my discovery of AWON, I realized it was time to gather these poems together and let them speak to others who have struggled with similar loss. I finally could break through the wall of silence. This memoir-in-poems is the journey many of us have taken from the barely conscious understanding of childhood to the search for meaning in adulthood.

Poet Barry Spacks writes on the book’s back cover, “With a clarity like glinting brook-water, Lois Klein gives us a memoir-in-poems that details "the real story" of a life, a brilliant work of reclamation, deeply moving, containing all of childhood's magic and yearning, all of a grown woman's wisdom, hope and celebration."

Until today I’ve never said

I'm Lois, Ira Brown's daughter,
out loud to myself, have
never claimed my dad that way.
Even the word
Father has seemed
to stand alone, floating on
some surreal sea, beckoning from
a distant lighthouse in a country
forever unknown to me, a land
that most belonged to Mother, who
would not take me there, her tears
a tribute to the love they shared,
the life they led, while I survived
outside whatever light he shed.

About the Author:

Lois Brown Klein was born in November of 1940, shortly after her father, who had just finished his medical residency, joined the Army Reserves. He was called into active duty in the Medical Corps in June of 1941 and died at Camp Grant in April of 1942, leaving three daughters, the youngest only six weeks old. Her mother never remarried.

Lois holds a BA in English Literature from Tufts University and an MA in Psychology from Antioch University. Her chapbook "Naming Water" was published in 1998. Her poetry has appeared in numerous regional and national journals and she has given readings throughout the West. She is a Fellow of the South Coast Writers Project and teaches through the California Poets in the Schools program.

 

Farebersviller 1944

by Jeff Wignall
$18.95 plus $8 postage & handling

The story of a WWII GI who didn't make it back.

He was 34 years old, and it was not until I began to reconstruct his story that I fully realized what a brief span that was -- and his life was easily half again that of most of the thousands who lie beneath the white crosses.

This is his journey, from Manchester, England to Beverly, Massachusettes to . . . FAREBERSVILLER 1944.

 

Letters of Love and War

The Time of their Lives

by Betty and 1LT John Peirson
$19.44 plus $8 postage & handling

They met 70 years ago -- on December 12, 2011 -- five days after the attack on Pearl Harbor.

Betty Frost was on a mission for Parents' Magazine when she met Johnny, who was head of PR and Development for The Mercersburg Academy, a prep school in Pennsylvania -- who (after sparks flew!) took her on a four-hour campus tour, followed by a romance that was destined for the very teeth of war.

It took Johnny nearly a year to convince her that she "was who he thought she was" -- they married in September of '42 -- and in a second commitment they both also made, John was in Army Boot Camp in Arkansas three weeks later.

The whole story came in a little blue box tied up with red string -- 432 Letters and Telegrams between them that detailed a three-year love so deep that it would last forever. It had to, as 1LT Peirson was killed taking a hill on the Northern shoulder of the Belgian Bulge, on Christmas Day of ‘44.

They were writers when they met, and a good thing, too, as their extraordinary correspondence includes careful descriptions of life in New York, falling in love, getting married, Army Boot Camp, getting pregnant, Officer Training, having a baby, Combat Training, trying desperately to be together, shipping out, parenting alone, staging at a castle in Wales, loving from afar, deployment into the Bulge, combat, loss, victory, and a certain poetic justice . . . when love transcended war. It’s really quite a story -- in the intimate dynamic of a medium that will simply never come again.

The cross-platform (Mac/PC) disk contains substantial background, maps, etc., and PDF files of all 432 Letters and Telegrams, unabridged and unedited, but fully transcribed, in a story you won't forget. You can test the waters first, as The First 50 Letters are on the web: Click Here! . . . & turn up your speakers.

 

In My Father's Words: Letters From A World War II Soldier

by Bill McElvain
$16.00 plus $8 postage & handling

Walter McElvain was drafted into the Army, assigned to the 44th Infantry Division, and went to the European Front. Before his young life ended, he left a legacy of letters he wrote to his wife and parents in Indiana. The early letters came from Fort Lewis, Washington; Camp Polk, Louisiana; and Camp Phillips, Kansas, and provide a glimpse into the lives of Army recruits. Later, his letters came from France and Germany, where he provides vivid descriptions of the war. He relates why he dislikes the army, and he complains of rain, mud, cold, loneliness, homesickness, and lack of freedom.

Through research, Walter's son has elaborated on the topics presented in the letters. Although Walter was not allowed to reveal his location, the author found plenty of documentation that shows where his division was located on the date he wrote each letter and what they were doing there. Even though there is narrative in each chapter, the letters are the soul of the book and they give an eyewitness account of war. These letters tell the impact that World War II had on an average American family, the hardships they endured, and the sacrifices they made. It is a wartime love story.

The Author

Bill McElvain was born in Bloomington, Indiana in 1944. In 1966 Bill graduated from Arizona State University with a B.A. in Political Science. He retired after 34 years with the U. S. Forest Service. He and his wife, Georgia, have two grown children and four grandchildren.

 

The Lost Submarine

A True Story of Love and War

by Nancy Kenny
Published by Splattered Ink Press -- $16.00 (Paperback) plus $8 postage & handling

In "The Lost Submarine: A True Story of Love and War," author Nancy Kenney tells two tales. In 2005, almost sixty years to the day after her loss, the American attack submarine, U.S.S. LAGARTO (SS - 371), was found by British divers in the Gulf of Thailand. It was the first missing submarine from WWII to be found and verified. Through the shock and joy of this discovery, Kenney, a daughter of crew member SM1 William Mabin, gathered the letters kept by her mother for more than six decades and used them and those of other crew members to tell the story of submariners' service in the South Pacific. It is a story of submariners' experiences and dreams of the future told in their own words. Interwoven with this personal account from the war years, is the story of a sailor's daughter, who lost her father when she was two and found him when she was sixty-two. It tells of her efforts to find other submarine families, plan a memorial service with the Wisconsin Maritime Museum, and to encourage the Navy to verify Lagarto's discovery, all the while working with the press and a growing support group from all over the world. It is a story of lasting love for a father still missed and the determination to honor him and all submariners who have given their lives to the silent service.

Two reviews: The Lost Submarine is not only historical, but a wonderful story of love and devotion told in a very compelling way. And, what a great tribute to the submarine crew, families and those that discovered and dove on the site. So much information and the letters are awesome.

 

The Turner AWON History Book

There are still some AWON History books left in the Bookstore. If you don't have one, this may be your last chance to get one.

If you DO have one, you might consider buying an additional copy for a family member – or donating one to your local library. Remember, our missions include remembering our Dads and heightening the awareness and recognition of World War II.

Standard Book Was $49.95 Special $10.00 plus $8 postage & handling
Leather Bound Was $79.95 Special $25.00 plus $8 postage & handling

 


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On behalf of AWON, we dedicate this page to the memory of:
SGT Walter John Linne, KIA 24 March, 1945
2LT George Riley Francis, KIA 18 November, 1944