Here are a few of our best selections for your consideration, each one reviewed by the staff at Historic Wings Online:

The B-17 Flying Fortress Story : Design-Production-History
by Roger A. Freeman and David Osborne (Contributor)
Hardcover - 320 pages (August 1998)
Sterling Publications; ISBN: 1854093010
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HW REVIEW: Roger Freeman does it again with another first class aviation work, this time the ultimate B-17 book. Packed with data and brilliantly researched, this is our top recommendation. Freeman's grasp of history, narrative style, and approach to presenting in-depth data have defined the genre. This is probably the one perfect reference book on the B-17 and a must have for any aviator's shelf.

The Wrong Stuff! : The Adventures and Misadventures of an 8th Air Force Aviator
by Truman J. Smith, Byron L. Kennedy (Editor), Carlton Weber (Intro)
Paperback - 358 pages (July 1997)
Southern Heritage Press; ISBN: 0941072231
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HW REVIEW: Far from the slapstick account you would expect from its title, this book is a masterwork of history and personal experience. Truman Smith captures the moment and yet transcends the war by showing the human side of a life and death struggle that claimed thousands every year, including many of his friends. There is joy and laughter mixed with death and depression. If you really, and we mean really, want to know the whole experience, just buy this one book.

The Cold Blue Sky : A B-17 Gunner in World War Two
by Jack Novey
Hardcover - 208 pages (April 1997)
Howell Press; ISBN: 1574270664
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HW REVIEW: Climb right into the airplane with this first person account of combat in the B-17. A wonderfully well-composed memoir of his time as a waist gunner on the B-17 "Black Hawk", it is poignant and deeply emotional. You read of his experiences, of the friends who were lost, and how his life was forever changed. Tragic, yet uplifting in its own way.

B-17 Flying Fortress
by Jeffrey L. Ethell
Paperback - 96 pages (September 1995)
Motorbooks International; ISBN: 0760300399
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HW REVIEW: What can you say except that just about any book from one of aviation's most prolific and well-respected writers is more than worth the shelf space. Jeff's fine work on the B-17 is no exception, chock full of the usual imagery and full of first person accounts that take you there.


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