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The Final Mission Of Bottoms Up

Author : Dennis R. Okerstrom
ISBN : 9780826272676
Genre : History
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On November 18, 1944, the end of the war in Europe finally in sight, American copilot Lieutenant Lee Lamar struggled alongside pilot Randall Darden to keep Bottoms Up, their B-24J Liberator, in the air. They and their crew of eight young men had believed the intelligence officer who, at the predawn briefing at their base in southern Italy, had confided that their mission that day would be a milk run. But that twenty-first mission out of Italy would be their last. Bottoms Up was staggered by an antiaircraft shell that sent it plunging three miles earthward, the pilots recovering control at just 5,000 feet. With two engines out, they tried to make it to a tiny strip on a British-held island in the Adriatic Sea and in desperation threw out everything not essential to flight: machine guns, belts of ammunition, flak jackets. But over Pula, in what is now Croatia, they were once more hit by German fire, and the focus quickly became escaping the doomed bomber. Seemingly unable to extricate himself, Lamar all but surrendered to death before fortuitously bailing out. He was captured the next day and spent the rest of the war as a prisoner at a stalag on the Baltic Sea, suffering the deprivations of little food and heat in Europe’s coldest winter in a century. He never saw most of his crew again. Then, in 2006, more than sixty years after these life-changing experiences, Lamar received an email from Croatian archaeologist Luka Bekic, who had discovered the wreckage of Bottoms Up. A veteran of the Balkan wars of the 1990s, Bekic felt compelled to find out the crew’s identities and fates. Lee Lamar, a boy from a hardscrabble farm in rural northwestern Missouri, had gone to college on the GI Bill, become a civil engineer, gotten married, and raised a family. Yet, for all the opportunity that stemmed from his wartime service, part of him was lost. The prohibition on asking prisoners of war their memories during the repatriation process prevented him from reconciling himself to the events of that November day. That changed when, nearly a year after being contacted by Bekic, Lamar visited the site, hoping to gain closure, and met the Croatian Partisans who had helped some members of his crew escape. In this absorbing, alternating account of World War II and its aftermath, Dennis R. Okerstrom chronicles, through Lee Lamar’s experiences, the Great Depression generation who went on to fight in the most expensive war in history. This is the story of the young men who flew Bottoms Up on her final mission, of Lamar’s trip back to the scene of his recurring nightmare, and of a remarkable convergence of international courage, perseverance, and friendship.

Dick Cole S War

Author : Dennis R. Okerstrom
ISBN : 9780826273550
Genre : History
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With the 100th anniversary of his birth on September 7, 2015 Dick Cole has long stood in the powerful spotlight of fame that has followed him since his B-25 was launched from a Navy carrier and flown toward Japan just four months after the attack on Pearl Harbor. In recognition the tremendous boost Doolittle’s Raid gave American morale, members of The Tokyo Doolittle Raiders were awarded the Congressional Gold Medal in May 2014. Doolittle’s Raid was only the opening act of Cole’s flying career during the war. When that mission was complete and all of the 16 aircraft had crash-landed in China, many of the survivors were assigned to combat units in Europe. Cole remained in India after their rescue and was assigned to Ferrying Command, flying the Hump of the Himalayas for a year in the world’s worst weather, with inadequate aircraft, few aids to navigation, and inaccurate maps. More than 600 aircraft with their crews were lost during this monumental effort to keep China in the war, but Cole survived and rotated home in 1943. He was home just a few months when he was recruited for the First Air Commandos and he returned to India to participate in Project 9, the aerial invasion of Burma.

Engineering Systems

Author : Rahmatallah Shoureshi
ISBN : UOM:39015040652375
Genre : Technology & Engineering
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Administration S Proposed Regulations For The Older Americans Act Amendments Of 1987

Author : United States. Congress. House. Select Committee on Aging. Subcommittee on Human Services
ISBN : LOC:00003035372
Genre : Old age assistance
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Frozen In Time

Author : Mitchell Zuckoff
ISBN : 9780062133410
Genre : History
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#1 New York Times bestseller Frozen in Time is a gripping true story of survival, bravery, and honor in the vast Arctic wilderness during World War II, from the author of New York Times bestseller Lost in Shangri-La. On November 5, 1942, a US cargo plane slammed into the Greenland Ice Cap. Four days later, the B-17 assigned to the search-and-rescue mission became lost in a blinding storm and also crashed. Miraculously, all nine men on board survived, and the US military launched a daring rescue operation. But after picking up one man, the Grumman Duck amphibious plane flew into a severe storm and vanished. Frozen in Time tells the story of these crashes and the fate of the survivors, bringing vividly to life their battle to endure 148 days of the brutal Arctic winter, until an expedition headed by famed Arctic explorer Bernt Balchen brought them to safety. Mitchell Zuckoff takes the reader deep into the most hostile environment on earth, through hurricane-force winds, vicious blizzards, and subzero temperatures. Moving forward to today, he recounts the efforts of the Coast Guard and North South Polar Inc. – led by indefatigable dreamer Lou Sapienza – who worked for years to solve the mystery of the Duck’s last flight and recover the remains of its crew. A breathtaking blend of mystery and adventure Mitchell Zuckoff's Frozen in Time: An Epic Story of Survival and a Modern Quest for Lost Heroes of World War II is also a poignant reminder of the sacrifices of our military personnel and a tribute to the everyday heroism of the US Coast Guard.

The Solar Quarterly

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ISBN : STANFORD:36105015177806
Genre : Aeronautics
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The Asia Business Book

Author : David Rearwin
ISBN : UCSD:31822015444219
Genre : Business & Economics
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David Rearwin has prepared the most comprehensive examination yet published of how the major Asian trading nations do business. Not just a catalogue of prcedures, The Asia Business Book describes the cultural & intellectual characteristics of each of the six nations (Japan, China, & the "four small dragons"-Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, & Singapore), then examines how these characteristics manifest themselves in the business dealings of the commercial & governmental personnel with whom the foreign business executive must work. Among the specific areas Rearwin explores are negotiations, trade & business objectives, joint ventures, intellectual property rights, the role of government, the marketing environment, trade regulations, investments, & legal & ethical issues. David Rearwin (Ph.D. Stanford) has extensive experience in Asia (Hong Kong, Taiwan, Korea, & Japan) & is skilled in several Asian languages including Japanese, Korean & Mandarin. He has provided guidance to hundreds of U.S. individuals & organizations doing business in Asia, & has lectured, given seminars & published articles on a wider range of Asia business issues.

The Final Report Of The Independent Panel S Assessment Of The Quadrennial Defense Review

Author : United States. Congress. House. Committee on Armed Services
ISBN : MINN:31951D03162673Z
Genre : Military planning
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Energy And Water Development Appropriations For 2014 Department Of Energy Fiscal Year 2014 Justifications

Author : United States. Congress. House. Committee on Appropriations. Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development
ISBN : UCR:31210023707662
Genre : Federal aid to energy development
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High Level Radioactive Waste Management

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ISBN : UOM:39015029467332
Genre : Radioactive wastes
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