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Publisher's Summary

The nearly half-million American air crewmen who served during World War II have almost disappeared. And so have their stories.

Award-winning writer and former fighter pilot Jay A. Stout uses Unsung Eagles to save an exciting collection of those accounts from oblivion. These are not rehashed tales from the hoary icons of the war. Rather, they are stories from the masses of largely unrecognized men who - in the aggregate - actually won it. They are the recollections of your Uncle Frank who shared them only after having enjoyed a beer, of your old girlfriend’s grandfather who passed away about the same time she dumped you, and of the craggy guy who ran the town’s salvage yard, a dusty, fly-specked B-24 model hung over the counter. These are “everyman” accounts that are important but fast disappearing.

Ray Crandall describes how he was nearly knocked into the Pacific Ocean by a heavy cruiser’s main battery during the second battle of the Philippine Sea. Jesse Barker, a displaced dive-bomber pilot, tells of dodging naval bombardments in the stinking mud of Guadalcanal. Bob Popeney relates how his friend and fellow A-20 pilot was blown out of formation by German anti-aircraft fire: “I could see the inside of the airplane - and I could see Nordstrom’s eyes. He looked confused...and then immediately he flipped up and went tumbling down.”

The combat careers of 22 different pilots from all the services are captured in this book that captivates the listener not only as an engaging oral history but also by putting personal context into the great air battles of World War II.

©2013 Jay A. Stout (P)2021 Blackstone Publishing

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Great collection of stories

it was very interesting to hear about other pilots during the war. so much has been written about the aces and not enough about everyone else who fought beside them.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-08-2021

A great look into what so many gave for & to us.

The narration of these accounts is so personable it seems as if I was visiting with my Grandpa and Grandma while they told stories of their lives. (my favorite memories)
Thank you for compiling these accounts from our fighting citizen soldiers. Without their willingness to guard our freedom and support the freedom of other nations, we would be now living very different, harsher lives. Thanks to them we have new soldiers coming up, that through their tutelage, are carrying on that can do attitude.

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  • Tim
  • 12-11-2021

Thank you

Appropriately I finished this book on Veterans Day. As an American we should never forget the sacrifices made by so many to fight a this war. Thank you to every veteran. Thank you for collecting these stories before they are lost forever.

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  • Mike Griffith
  • 22-03-2022

Excellent book!!

This is a wonderful group of stories about the working man’s heroes we never hear about. I’m going to listen to this one again and again.

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  • Bruce Cline
  • 08-04-2022

Loved it

A great collection of war stories from mostly unheralded fliers from WWII. Unlike so many other books, this includes fairly raw and unvarnished tales of ordinary men doing often extraordinary things. Thoroughly enjoyed the wide variety of backgrounds, experiences, and post-war lives of the fliers.

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  • 28-02-2022

HALSEY KNEW

The most interesting thing about this book was the interview with the pilot who claims he circled over the Japanese fleet for an hour and a half as it was transitioning into the straight into the Leyte gulf. So contrary to what popular opinion was Admiral Halsey knew the fleet was coming and still chose to abandon the invasion fleet and chase the enemy carriers. Too bad naval intelligence, oxymoron, didn’t tell the poor saps anchored off the beach that the Japs coming!

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  • Lavinia
  • 20-02-2022

Good Stories

The author repeated already stated facts. It was very interesting to hear these heroes talk about going from their ordinariness to the greatest generation. Acknowledging their fear unlike movie portrayals of heroes.

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  • P L-ski
  • 18-02-2022

Some wild and crazy stores

If you love WW2 aviation this is a book for you. Bunch of real stories from different pilots that flew in WW2

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  • great great game
  • 17-02-2022

Fun

Fun to listen too if you want to hear some individual stories of pilots during WWII

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  • 02-04-2022

Terrible Narrator

The stories are great, first hand aviation accounts from ww2.
The narrator however gives an awful performance. He reverts into a higher monotoned shouting expression every time he quotes. Once noticed it's frustrating to listen to.
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