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ISBN:1418477893
Author: Garrett Middlebrook
ISBN13: 978-1418477899
Title: Air Combat At 20 Feet: Selected Missions From A Strafer Pilot'S Diary
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Language: English
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Publisher: AuthorHouse; First Edition edition (September 27, 2004)
Pages: 676

Air Combat At 20 Feet: Selected Missions From A Strafer Pilot'S Diary by Garrett Middlebrook



Home All Categories Air Combat At 20 Feet: Selected Missions From A Strafer Pilot's Diary. ISBN13: 9781418477899. Air Combat at 20 Feet. by Garrett Middlebrook. Enter the cockpit and become a co-pilot with a WWII straffer bomber-pilot attacking at 20 feet. When attack time comes observe that his mental concentration consumes his fear as he fights with 8 machine guns while bombing and maneuvering.

Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. The detail he provides is outstanding and you really get an "in the cockpit" feeling on several of the tougher missions. Mar 23, 2012 Patience Mason rated it it was amazing. I read a lot of WWII memoirs and this is one of the best. What I like best about it is the explanations of how and why he flies the B-25 the way he does.

The Author joined the Air Force and entered pilot training in July 1941. A year later he flew the Pacific to Australia with no navigational aids except those in Hawaii. He flew 65 missions being among the first to attack from tree top height. He was rotated back to the States in November 1943 and became commanding officer of a navigational training squadron. He was released from active duty in 1946 but remained in the reserves until 1955, retiring with rank of Major.

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Combat at 20 Feet - Selected Missions from a Straffer Pilot?s Diary?. The longest single campaign in the WWII Pacific Theatre of Operations involved the fighting in and around New Guinea, lasting from January 1942 until August 1945. Middlebrook joined the US Army Air Corps in July, 1941 and a year later was assigned to the 38th Bomb Group. As one of its 16 bomber aircrews, he and his fellow pilots flew their B-25's across the Pacific in a series of flight hops from Hamilton Field, California to Australia where he immediately found himself flying bombing raids over New Guinea and many other Japanese occupied islands throughout the heavily embattled region. The book has a number of excellent combat photos, many of them taken by Middlebrook himself or his co-pilot during their many missions against the Japanese invaders.

Enter the cockpit and become a co-pilot with a WWII straffer bomber-pilot attacking at 20 feet. Intelligence is his ultimate weapon. An inferno of the target is the result. Departing the target, he fights 10 Jap fighter planes in an hour-long battle. When you reach home base you will say: "I never want to relive that horrendous ordeal". But wait! Your pilot must attack again the next day.

20th April 2013, 18:13. Posts: 841. Air Combat at 20 Feet/Garrett Middlebrook. Based on recommendations on this board and elsewhere, I just purchased this book. So far I have read some 40 pages, and excellent and absorbing reading it is indeed.

No current Talk conversations about this book. A gripping memoir full of detail.

Enter the cockpit and become a co-pilot with a WWII straffer bomber-pilot attacking at 20 feet. In route to the target share his fear and agony. When attack time comes observe that his mental concentration consumes his fear as he fights with 8 machine guns while bombing and maneuvering. Intelligence is his ultimate weapon. An inferno of the target is the result. Departing the target, he fights 10 Jap fighter planes in an hour-long battle. When you reach home base you will say: "I never want to relive that horrendous ordeal". But wait! Your pilot must attack again the next day. So order the book and translate the words into real life drama!
Reviews: 7
Brazil
A great book , written by the pilot who flew into harms way many times. It was his skill and ability to out think his enemies and the desk jockeys that knew nothing about low level combat, that was his saving grace. He gives lots of credit to his B-25 plane, his air crew , and his ground crews as well as his gunners and P-38 fighters that saved him on many missions. If there was just one book to read about a pilot's life in the Pacific , this would be a great choice! , Captain Middlebrook makes you feel what he saw and how it really feels to fly with eight 50 cals spitting lead and fire at 20 feet. The story of a real American hero.
Sagda
FANTASTIC book. Well written from the pilot's actual diary, which was recorded almost immediately following the time of occurrence. (well as soon as he returned to his quarters - tent).
I have re-read it and marvel at the vividness of his air combat description. His experiences were endured during a time of the war when Japan had a full and deadly war machine with all its air power in tact. Their fighter planes were almost unequaled and they still had all of their experienced pilots. I am amazed he made it out of WWII.
I wish I could find a hard cover volume.
Anasius
There is only one thing bad about Garrett Middlebrooks book and that is the picture on the cover. It makes the book look amateurish and that is the last thing this book is!
Middlebrook (Middie as he was called by his friends) is a gifted writer who has the ability not only to describe what happened in vivid colours and graphic language so you feel you are sitting next to him at the controls of one of the B-25D's of the 405 Bomb Squadron, he is a far better writer than that.
Had that been his only, but very best accomplishment in writing the history of him flying fearfully dangerous missions in New Guinea in 1942 and 1943, it would be one of the best books on wartime aviation.
What makes Middie's writing so much more outstanding, is that way he lets you get inside his head, his tactical descision making in combat, his crew management in the way he leads his crew in battle and the most fascinating for me were his doubts, fully outspoken, his moral reflections on killing, war and how young guys like himself, both Japanese and American, get to fighting each other so violently, so full of hatred. His transformation from green novice pilot to seasoned veteran of 50+ missions can be found in the book, with all the doubts and questions involved. These filosofical reflections make this book unique in its kinds and very special to read.
"Man is the only animal that knows it must die. Morover, he can watch himself in the proces day by day. God executes each of us a little bit more every day".
Mr Middlebrook, thank you for sharing your wisdom of war with us!
Mayno
It takes a special kind of book to keep me interested enough to read 600 pages. My only regret about buying this book is that it was not offered in hardback. The descriptions of the low level attacks are well written and quite exciting. One thing I really enjoyed was the fact that the author points out how petty and self serving so many Army Officers could be. Anyone who has served in any branch of the military will recognize the politics that go into a military career. The back stabbing and "cheese eating" is not put aside in time of war. I think the most amazing thing about this book is that it is TRUE.
Usanner
Ever since I first read about B-25 strafers when I was younger, I've been a fan of these extraordinary planes and their pilots. Thus, when I found out about this book I knew I had to get it.

The author flew with the 38th BG in the 5th AF from the latter part of 1942 into the fall of 1943. He took part in the Battle of the Bismarck Sea and flew several air strikes over Wewak, receiving various decorations along the way. The detail he provides is outstanding and you really get an "in the cockpit" feeling on several of the tougher missions. Not every mission he flew is included in this book, but there is a ton of action so you definitely won't be disappointed if that's what you're looking for.

I place this book near the top of my favorite air combat memoirs from World War II--truly excellent.
Naktilar
An unique biography of an all but ignored arena of WW2.The viewpoint is personal yet conveys the importance of how these few aircrew and their supports helped grind down the Japanese Army Air.All too much attention has been devoted to the Japanese Naval Air.The day to day grinding down of the Army Air,as well as the destruction of bases,logistics,just fishing boats to feed those cut off infantry is a topic long neglected.A very good read and well worth the time of anyone that whites to get a day to day feel of air war.
IGOT
I cannot say a bad word about this book, the author flew ultra low-level combat operations from the very beginning of the 'strafer' era and describes in full several extremely risky raids on Japanese airstrips and shipping amongst others; the accounts are balanced from the point of view of emotive content and make it clear that these men are not automatons but flesh and blood; they are exposed to an all-too-clear view of what happens to those who do not return! For the next strafer phase, Pappy Blount's 'Band of Brothers' more or less completes the circle for this kind of B25 combat operation up to the War's end, should anyone be interested.
I enjoyed this book immensely. Mr Middlebrook's narrative is vivid and compelling. The descriptions of the bombing missions made me feel as though I were in the plane with him. From instrument flying through stormy mountain ranges to flying into the teeth of enemy anti-aircraft fire, the courage of the author and his fellow pilots is demonstrated time and again as they fight to first stem the tide of Japanese expansion in the South Pacific and then rolling them back up and out of New Guinea. All while enduring the most primitive living conditions.
Truly these men were the greatest generation.
This book is a great addition to the library of anyone interested in the Pacific war