Not Home for Christmas
A Day in the Life of the Mighty Eighth
By John Meurs (Compiled by)
(Quail Ridge Press, Paperback, 9781934193310, 542pp.)
Publication Date: May 2009
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Meurs always wanted to know more about what happened in the air on that Thanksgiving Sunday. So, more than sixty years later he started researching "his" B-17. He quickly found that the bomber was part of the 8th Air Force Air Combat Command.
Meurs' findings intrigued him and after discovering many interesting facts, Meurs focused his research on the 34 heavy bombers of the Mighty Eighth that were lost that day. He collected the personal stories of veterans who lived through it, families of veterans lost, and witnesses of the crashes. These first-hand recollections, captured in this book, provide a compelling and terrifying account of the reality of war.
Thanks to the noble men of the Mighty Eighth who "would not be home for Christmas" in 1944 and their comrades in arms, ma