Jimmy Stewart: Bomber Pilot

By Starr Smith

Of the entire celebrities who served their state in the course of global battle II -and they have been legion -Jimmy Stewart was once targeted. On December seventh, while the assault on Pearl Harbor woke such a lot of others to the truth of warfare, Stewart used to be already in uniform - as a personal on shield responsibility south of San Francisco on the military Air Corps Moffet box. Seeing struggle at the horizon, Jimmy Stewart, on the peak of his repute after Mr. Smith is going to Washington and his Oscar-winning flip in The Phadelphia Story in 1940, had enlisted a number of months past.

Jimmy Stewart, Bomber Pilot chronicles his lengthy trip to develop into a bomber pilot in strive against. writer Starr Smith, the intelligence officer assigned to the celeb, recounts how Stewart's first battles have been with the Air Corps excessive command, who insisted on retaining the certainly gifted pilot out of harm's manner as an teacher pilot for B-17 Flying Fortresses and B-24 Liberators. via 1944, even if, Stewart controlled to get assigned to a Liberator squadron that used to be deploying to England to hitch the robust 8th Air strength. as soon as within the thick of it, he rose to command his personal squadron and flew twenty wrestle missions, together with one to Berlin.

“My father might think venerated through this book.” —Kelly Stewart Harcourt, daughter of Jimmy Stewart
"We could have made Jimmy a gaggle commander [equivalent to a military regiment] if the struggle had lasted one other month." - common Jimmy Doolittle.

"An first-class biography of a extraordinary airman and nice human being." - Roger Freeman, writer of The effective 8th: A historical past of the U.S. eighth Air Force.

"How outstanding it truly is that Starr Smith has eventually directed a literary mild at the own historical past of Jimmy Stewart. . . . I welcomed Starr's e-book. it really is wanted and sought after. Bravo!" - homosexual Talese.

"This is a truly good researched and written booklet. . . . It fills a spot in heritage approximately no mere actor yet a brave and selfless guy, Brigadier common Jimmy Stewart, USAF." - common Michael E. Ryan, former leader of employees of the Air strength.

“I have met a couple of motion picture stars, yet of all of them, i feel that Jimmy Stewart used to be such a lot like these modest heroes he portrayed. Now journalist Starr Smith has raised the curtain on Stewart’s gallant provider as a bomber pilot and air strive against commander in global battle II.” —Walter Cronkite, from the Foreword

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