The Wild Blue Book Report

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I recently read the book authored by renowned historian Stephen Ambrose titled The Wild Blue: The men and boys who flew the B-24’s over Germany, which encompassed the journey of these young men. From start to finish Ambrose gave a great overall view of the trials and tribulations one would go through being a pilot or a crew member on a B-24 during WWII. The book focused primarily on the 741st squadron 455th bomb group. But in particular it focused on one of its pilots, Lt. George McGovern. While at times this book almost felt like a war biography of McGovern, it did touch on various other crew members and gave a great overall view of these boys journey from their early life to time spent overseas fighting. The book starts off by taking you through the background of these young men showing their upbringing. The majority of them came from humble beginnings and spent their adolescent life in small rural towns in America. Most were still teens when they enlisted and began their training. Ambrose commented on their age by saying that while someone that age today may be lucky enough to be handed the keys to the family car they were being sent off to defend the country. These boys generally were from blue color households in small towns and had previously never even been aboard a plane much less flown or navigated one. Once enlisted as potential pilots they were sent to flight training school. I found this portion as well as the first half of the book to be very slow. This was mainly due to the fact that Ambrose gave a back story on pretty much every character that appeared in the beginning of the book. This included flight instructors and secondary characters that only made brief appearances and then were never mentioned again. The back stories did help to better understand where each character was coming from but after awhile it made the book feel a little…...

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