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With the Possum and the Eagle

The Memoir of a Navigator’s War over Germany and Japan

Ralph H. Nutter


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Ralph H. Nutter was the lead navigator for Eighth Air Force raids over Germany when he was assigned as Maj. Gen. Curtis “the Eagle” LeMay’s group navigator. Later, as the strategic air war over Europe was winding down, the ace navigator was transferred to B-29 Superfortress duty with the Twentieth Air Force in the Pacific, where he was picked by Brigadier Gen. Haywood “Possum” Hansell to be his bomber navigator. After LeMay succeeded Hansell as bomber commander, Nutter returned to navigation duty with LeMay.

Hansell and LeMay were two of our country’s leading combat commanders in Europe and the Pacific. They pioneered the concepts of strategic airpower and high-altitude daylight precision bombing. With the Possum and the Eagle affords a rare insider’s perspective on aviation leadership and strategic issues, melded with extraordinary accounts of courage under fire.

University of North Texas Press, 9781574411980, 360pp.

Publication Date: August 15, 2005

About the Author

Ralph H. Nutter is a retired superior court judge living in Santa Barbara, California. He is one of the few survivors of the 305th Bomb Group.