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by Eugene Fletcher

  • ISBN: 0295972327
  • Category: History
  • Author: Eugene Fletcher
  • Subcategory: Military
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  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Univ of Washington Press; BCE edition (January 1, 1993)
  • Pages: 510 pages
  • FB2 size: 1541 kb
  • EPUB size: 1187 kb
  • Rating: 4.7
  • Votes: 905
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But because pilot Eugene Fletcher and his nine crewmen had never been in combat, they thought the day had been average.

On their first mission in a war-weary B-17 named Government Issue, half the payload jammed in the bomb bay and a shorted motor threatened to ignite the fuel transfer lines. At any moment the plane could have become a 130-knot fireball. The copilot was lowered by his ankles into the gaping bay, 15,000 feet above the English Channel, to disconnect the smoking motor. They landed safely. But because pilot Eugene Fletcher and his nine crewmen had never been in combat, they thought the day had been average.Combining the texts of Fletcher's Gang and Mister, this combination volume affords perhaps the most complete account ever of the experiences of a B-17 crew with the Eighth Air Force in WW II. From his first civilian flying lessons in a Piper J-3 Cub to the Army Air Force's Advanced Flying School, you'll follow Fletcher's education as a pilot. You'll hear what the men thought about the planes they flew and their experiences in England and what they felt toward the Army and officers who sent them there. And from the Initial Point of the bomb run (IP) and the flak-crowned targets to the Rally Point (RP) and home, you'll witness the transformation of ten men into a battle-savvy crew.The life expectancy of a bomber and its crew was 15 missions. But Fletcher and his men survived trips to Hamburg and Berlin, Bremen, Merseburg and other targets. Crews of the 95th Bombardment Group that completed 35 missions earned membership in the exclusive Lucky Bastard Club. Eligibility was celebrated at the last mission's end with a dramatic low-level flyover of the home base at full throttle; a volley of brightly colored magnesium flares spewed from the B-17 in an exuberant display of triumph.The Lucky Bastard Club is drawn from Fletcher's own log, his letters to home and the journal entries of Myron Doxon, copilot; Robert Work, navigator; and Frank Dimit, bombardier. It offers an unsurpassed look at a remarkable time when every mission was a roundtrip fight, and every man's lucky number was 35.
Reviews about The Lucky Bastard Club: A B-17 Pilot in Training and in Combat, 1943-45/Mister Fletcher's Gang/2 Books in 1 Volume (7):
Keath
IF you are interested in WWII especially the air war over Europe and B-17 this is a great book. My Dad was a B-17 Pilot during the war. Most of us have seen the movie Memphis Bell and how they were the first crew to reach 25 missions. In the early years of the war the losses were staggering. By late 1943 P51 were able to escort the bomber on most missions so the losses were a lot less.

My dad like the author went to flight school in 1943 & early 1944. This book is actually a combination of two books. the first is about flight school. And just again like my Dad he went to England in 1944 through the end of the war which the second book is about.

My dad died in 1960 when I was only 3 so I really didn't know him. My older sister just came for a visit and I bought the book for her, she was 16 when he died and her hero. She has really loved the book so far & I will read it when she finishes it. Great look at the actual life of one man going from recruit though the end of the war.
Rexfire
This is a wonderfully written book on becoming a flier during World War II. The author uses journal entries and old letters to ensure the details of the long and often painful process of becoming an Army Air Corps flier. The narrative is well written and nicely illustrated. I'm just at the point of starting the deployment phase and the actual flying of combat missions right now. I'd recommend this book to anyone interested in flying, wartime training, and the emotional upheavals one goes through during most any military training...but were sharpest during wartime and when trying to survive the intensive training course as a Cadet.
Gholbimand
This author has done a great job of writing his war experience. I know a lot of people who lived during that time and Mr. Fletcher has captured his place in history very well. All of the letters he wrote to his wife during those years were saved and in doing so, nothing was lost in preserving the emotion and the memories of those days when he wrote the book. "The Lucky Bastard Club" is all about those who were lucky enough to survive this war. I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in this history.
Mikale
Used, but in excellent condition, this book is a must have for anyone interested in the B-17's and their heroic crews during WWII.
Granirad
Written in such a way that you feel you are there. If you are a pilot, you will enjoy the way that it is written and the terminology that is used. Would recomment to any pilot, war bird enthusiest, or those who enjoy WW II stories.
POFOD
Diary in Two Parts
First part, named 'Mister'- The training of a bomber pilot. The Civilian Pilot Training Program turned out 435,000 graduates. Like so many others, Fletcher needed to satisfy advanced tests, flying faster planes, until qualified to fly B-17s carrying nine other crewmembers. He alternates the diary entry- letters home, and recording destinations, other men's names, and special events.
Second Part, named 'Fletcher's Gang'- meeting the men to crew other positions on his B-17, the movement of his crew overseas, assignment to the 95th Bomb Group, and combat missions. These include the shuttle mission to Poltava, Russia. There are great verbal descriptions of the nissen huts, the information provided to crews at pre-flight briefings and the malfunctions that would cause a pilot to 'abort the mission'. The navigator and bombardier also contribute their observations on missions. Fletcher flies whatever plane they are assigned; some are pretty worn, exhibiting various faults.
Good pictures of B-17 crashes, formations, some taken at Poltava. Appendix includes missions of Fletcher's Gang/target/planes flown.
See also: B-17 Flying Fortress Units of the Eighth Air Force (Part 2),Flying Fortress.
inetserfer
As you know now, this book is composed of two sections: Fletcher's indoctrination into the Army and his flight school training; then his flying time over Festung Europa. I have to give the book only three stars for the following reason: out of approximately 500 pages, only the last 200 pages were devoted to his flying experiences in wartime England. The first 300 pages described his experiences while learning to fly in California, Arizona, and Oklahoma. This portion of the book grows on you, but it's not really what I wanted to read. However, by the end of the 300 pages, you have a good idea what it took to learn how to fly in the early 1940s; and you learn to appreciate his training experiences when he finally enters the European theater of war.
The last 200 pages were a compilation of his diaries and input from various flight crew members. This section, of course, was much more readable. Therefore, I wish there had been more to read.
As the director of a museum I am often asked to review an historical book and such was the case of the Lucky Bastard Club. I couldn't put the book down. There has been a lot said about "the Greatest Generation" -- people who were born in the depression, served in the war and worked to make our country what it is today. People who belive in the Lord's Prayer, the Ten Commandments, the Pledge of Allegiance and marriage vows. Such a man is Roy Fisher who survived 35 missions in WWII. This "oral history" taken direct from his daily letters to his new bride will make you cry for this 21 year old seasoned pilot. If you like WWII history or if you are just looking for a hero who won't let you down: Roy Fisher is your man...he is truly a LUCKY BASTARD. I wish I was half as much a man. Ted Peters, Director, Heritage Farmstead Museum.

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