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ISBN:
1932033599
Author:
Elizabeth Alling Hildt,Charles Alling
Category:
Leaders & Notable People
Language:
English
Publisher:
Casemate Publishers (October 19, 2006)
Pages:
256 pages
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1994 kb
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Rating:
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A Mighty Fortress is a mighty good book! By Thriftbooks. com User, November 27, 2002. Very much worth reading - Charles Alling's A Mighty Fortress gives us unique insights about leadership and bravery during the latter half of World War 2, and how a young lad was thrust into the epicenter of some of the toughest and most dangerous bombing missions flown over Germany. Thoughtul, sensitive, poignant, and very real history.

Charles B. Alling received the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Ai. .

The book gives a unique insight into the lives of one crew of one plane as the War neared its end. Charles B. Alling received the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal with four Oak Leaf Clusters during the Second World War. He graduated from Yale University in 1947.

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In this book, the author tells his own World War II story. This fits the very definition of a remembrance type book as opposed to a history book but for me, A Mighty Fortress works equally well either way. Charles Alling was raised in New Jersey and arrived in Britain in the fall of 1944 as a pilot of a B-17 Fortress with the 34th Bomb Group based at Mendlesham in Suffolk. After flying his initial missions over France and Germany, he was selected as a lead pilot. Sometimes that meant he flew the lead plane in one of the.

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A Mighty Fortress: Lead .has been added to your Cart. It covers the role of the "lead" bomber in the stream and the inherent dangers thereof. That Alling and his crew survived is extraordinary in and of itself, only nearly to perish flying home. Fine book, well written. 2 people found this helpful.

A Mighty Fortress is the personal account of the Captain and crew of a lead bomber in the enormous formation raids made by the 8th Airforce during the last few months of the Second World War. It is an extraordinary tale of heroism and bravery on the part of the entire crew of just one B17 amongst hundreds - but the one B17 that meant most to them. Flying a total of 27 missions before the war came to an end in May 1945, Alling tells, with great restraint, the story of what it was like to be there, over the skies of enemy territory, constantly on the look out for German fighters; of the enormity of some of the raids they were part of and the consequences for those on the ground; of the planes around them that fell out of the sky under enemy attack, the horror and the determination to succeed. The book gives a unique insight into the lives of one crew of one plane as the War neared its end. Charles B. Alling received the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal with four Oak Leaf Clusters during the Second World War. He graduated from Yale University in 1947. In 1988, he retired and studied Ethics at Oxford University Graduate School in England. In 1989, he founded the Alling Institute for Ethics. The institute is affiliated with The Foundation for Leadership and Ethics in New York City of which Alling is Chairman Emeritus. Alling serves on the Board of Visitors of the Air University at Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, Alabama, an appointment by former Secretary of Defense, Bill Cohen. He lives in Kennebunk, Maine. “In a fascinating way, Chuck Alling recalls his days as a pilot flying B-17’s over Germany. He is truly a member of ‘The Greatest Generation’ and from his book, written from the heart, people can learn a lot about the laughs and the tears of World War II.” - Former President George H. W. Bush
  • Onnell
I am a retired Navy pilot. My father was a ball turret gunner in B-17s, 569th Squadron of the 390th Bombardment Group, 8th AF in 1944.

This was a joy to read. I found particularly interesting the passages describing the lead missions, dealing with bad weather - taking off at 30 second intervals into a 100 ft overcast 2 miles thick - and the difficulties inherent in forming up hundreds of B-17s into their defensive combat box to provide maximum defensive posture against Luftwaffe attacks. There is plenty of 'pilot and aircraft stuff' for those readers to appreciate.

But, it is more than a B-17 war story. Life-long personal bonds are formed in the crew and the personal human story is skillfully threaded throughout.

I highly recommend this, especially to the B-17 buffs, and the pilots out there.
  • Delan
There are myriad examples of WWII flying books. A Mighty Fortress stands out because it feels more human, more poignant. It covers the role of the "lead" bomber in the stream and the inherent dangers thereof. That Alling and his crew survived is extraordinary in and of itself, only nearly to perish flying home. Fine book, well written.
  • Molace
I liked this book as it provided a perspective of missions flown at the end of 44 until the wars end. So much attention is giving, rightfully so, to 43 to the fall of 44 and the horrible loses incurred. What was interesting is that those who flew later and toward the close of the war still faced considerable risk. I also found it interesting because my father piloted a B-17, the Portland Rose, out of Polebrook during the same period chronicled in the book. It is a well written book unlike many personal accounts which while heartfelt are a disaster in terms of literary style.
  • Painwind
This is a most moving story by a B17 bomber pilot with 27 missions over Germany, He led the raid on Dresden, which was an accidental disaster. The intent was to destroy the railroad junction to prevent the Russians from taking over Dresden. Capt. Alling never got over what his 8th Air Force raid did in destroying the city.

There is another account of a wonderful "raid" of food and medicine to a starving, ailing Holland after the war.
  • Shalizel
A matter of fact account of U.S. airraids over Germany in WWII. Not told with bravado or hyperbole, but just plain gripping accounts of hair-raising, almost suicidal bombing runs. You get a feel for conditions in the B-17, and the fear and trepidation the pilot (book's author) and his crew experienced, with the flight back to the States at the end of the European theatre one of the most nerve-wracking. I highly recommend this account, which is just one of several devoted to this part of the war.
  • funike
This is one of the best WWII B-17 personal/crew memoirs I have read in quite a while. Any person interested in the air war over Europe will like reading this book. I highly recommend it. It is well written, with just enough detail to make what it was like to fly a B-17 over Europe "come alive."
  • avanger
It has been my privilege to have personally known for the last 25 years, the bombardier on this plane, Bill Wright. It was a joy and a thrill to read of the previously unknown heroics of Bill and his crew. The world has been blessed that these men were spared the plight of so many of their comrades. Bill, and I am sure others mentioned in this book, have lived exemplary lives and have positively influenced so many young men and women. Their miraculous survival, so vividly described in this masterpiece, is only surpassed with what God has allowed these men to do with their spared lives. Knowing this should only add to your enjoyment of this book.
;A MIGHTY FORTRESS" a name that fit the story very well. A young man from the family farm leaves College to join the Army Air Corps. It (the book) takes Chuck Alling, through Basic. Primary, Advanced flight training. From there to multi engine flight training thru to completion of B-17 1st.Pilot on his own Bomber. After that training he put a crew of 10 together. While training appeared to be finished it wasn't. Now come the training as a crew and war time tactics.
How do I know all this? because I bought the book from my favorite book and supply store. Getting a book from "amazon" for my kindle is just a matter of picking out a book I want and have it transferred to my kindle reader. amazon has more then books. but books are my favorite pass time.. Bomb Group..
Getting back to the story now, Chuck Alling received a message and should come. Alling went to the Officer that takes care of emergency leave and requested time to go home. The Major said he believed he didn't need a leave and that he was trying to avoid going over seas. After Chuck explained who he was going to see next the stone cold Major granted him the emergency leave Lt.Alling went home just in time to see his sister before she died.
When Lt. Alling returned to his Base he was told by his crew that they had voted to name their B-17 "MISS PRUDY" ( all of his planes thereafter were named. "MISS PRUDY" The crew flew to Scotland and from there by land transportation to England and the mighty 8th Air Force. Squadron 7 Group 34th. They took more combat training and after 8 missions moved up to Sqdn.4 and lead plane in the combat formations. The danger allowed them to complete 30 missions instead of the usual 35 missions. When the WAR ended they flew 2 missions to Holland to drop food to the starving.
Their type of living and activities are all in the book, remember amazon and get the book, "A MIGHTY FORTRESS" , I am sure you will like it.

Col. DeVere Woods Ret.