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A Drop in the Night: The Life and Secret Mission of a World War II Airman (English Edition) Kindle版
"A Drop in the Night" is the story of a World War II Airman sworn to secrecy by the Office of Strategic Services, the precursor to the CIA. Only declassified in 1987, the work of this young soldier and his fellow airmen can finally be revealed.
Code named “Operation Carpetbagger,” the missions put young airmen in uniquely dangerous circumstances.Trained as bomber crews, these Airmen didn’t drop bombs. They dropped spies, both men and women, who had volunteered to parachute deep into Nazi-occupied territories. They also dropped supplies critically important to Resistance fighters. Flying only at night and at altitudes so low they could skim the tops of trees; these crews flew in conditions requiring extraordinary skill and guts.
Very few accounts have been written about these important missions that helped bring a successful conclusion to the War. "A Drop in the Night" brings to life the true story of Royce Fulmer, a poor boy from the backwoods of South Carolina who made his way to flight engineer on a B-24 Liberator.
Based on interviews with Royce, and extensive research from previously unavailable sources, "A Drop in the Night" chronicles how he survived childhood poverty growing up in the rural south in the 1920s and ‘30s. You will learn about the early origins of NASCAR when Royce describes his dangerous time as a teenage bootlegger.
With rich details provided in his own words, read about this man’s fascinating life as a fatherless son, a World War II Airman, and a successful real estate developer that lost as many fortunes as he made. Royce’s storytelling makes "A Drop in the Night" a unique book that captures what it meant to be a 20th century hero.
- ASIN : B00N06HG7Q
- 出版社 : Flint Hills Publishing (2014/8/23)
- 発売日 : 2014/8/23
- 言語 : 英語
- ファイルサイズ : 7387 KB
- 同時に利用できる端末数 : 無制限
- Text-to-Speech（テキスト読み上げ機能） : 有効
- X-Ray : 有効
- Word Wise : 有効
- 本の長さ : 243ページ
- ページ番号ソース ISBN : 150094727X
- Amazon 売れ筋ランキング: - 1,470,028位洋書 (の売れ筋ランキングを見る洋書)
The writing is splendid and a huge upgrade from some of the lousy work that I see in many indie or self-published books. In fact, it's much better than some New York Times Best Seller. It's nothing fancy or grand but the flow instantly gives you this soothing feeling that makes you relax. By the time I finished reading the preface, I was already fascinated with this guy named Royce.
Don't expect this book to be some action-packed, fast-paced fiction filled with tons of blood and gore. That's not how it is. It's the kind of book you read when you have a few more minutes before going to bed and wished to spend the time reading and relaxing. I'm not saying that this book is boring. Far from it, it's fascinating. I'm just trying to point out that this book isn't the kind that gives you adrenaline rush and keep you awake all night because you absolutely cannot sleep until you've read the book till the end. However, it's also not the kind of book you will leave forgotten on the shelf either because you will never stop wanting to know how the story ends.
Pricing often plays a role in how I judge a book so I should mention that I got this book for free while it was on promotion on Amazon. I probably would not have gotten this book in the first place if it hadn't been free when I did because as aforementioned, this book simply doesn't fall into my usual genre, but if I knew then what I did now, I would be more than glad to pay for this book and I would still leave the exact same review with the exact number of stars.
The book follows the (mis)adventures of Royce Fulmer, born in South Carolina, who would go on to become a flight engineer participating in secret missions over Europe by night. His colorful commentary is sprinkled liberally throughout the book and offers both humor and a glimpse into a world that is starkly different than today's. His childhood and teenage years - filled with poverty, living off the land, shuffling between extended family members, delivering and then eventually making his own moonshine - paint the picture of a resourceful and lucky man who enlists as a means to escape the hard circumstances of his birth.
Royce goes on to become an outstanding flight engineer, able to maintain a calm and level head when faced with catastrophes. Selected for a secret mission, called Operation Carpetbagger, Royce and his crew become unsung heroes as they begin dropping supplies and spies into Nazi-occupied territory via extremely risky night flights. This book is a worthy telling of their daring exploits, and a fascinating look at a little-known piece of World War II history.
You don't need to be a history buff to enjoy this book. It's not about history on a grand scale. It's about one man's life at an interesting period in history - what he experienced, what he felt and what he learned (like bootleggers' tricks ot he trade).
The book is also about what he didn't know -- like mission details (in case he was captured) or the fate of fellow soldiers who never returned from their missions. People often talk about our brave soldiers but it was humbling to read about all the dangers Royce and his crew actually faced. On top of enemy fire, you had unpredictable weather, dangerous landings, equipment failure, primitive navigation systems, explosive cargo and more. Any number of things could go wrong and often did. Even flight training back in the states was often deadly.
As the saying goes, stories happen to people who can tell them. This book left me wanting to hear more of Royce's stories, and I hope the authors post some anecdotes on the book's facebook page!
However, this short, well written book, provides an interesting perspective on clandestine missions during the war.
The author, as well as being a boot-legger, was flight engineer on Liberators during the war. His plane was different than most because it was used to deliver clandestine agents behind enemy lines in Europe. It was blacked out to prevent illuminating themselves.
One of the more interesting passages involves seeing a V2 rocket as it passed them. Their normal speed made them feel they were flying at a fast speed. But the V2 made them feel much slower. Another interesting moment occurs when they deliver badly needed gasoline to Patton’s army.
Inside the book you’ll learn much about what it was like to grow up in rural America in large families and the hardship of the depression. One of the more charming things about this book is the author never gives up and seems to remain positive regardless of his situation. You can see his determination throughout his life.
Overall I enjoyed the book. But his actions in the war are only part of the overall work.
If you are interested in the air war in Europe I would recommend The Wrong Stuff by Truman Smith as a follow up read.