Jimmy Stewart: Bomber Pilot by Starr Smith

By Starr Smith

Of all of the celebrities who served their kingdom in the course of international battle II -and they have been legion -Jimmy Stewart was once precise. On December seventh, whilst the assault on Pearl Harbor woke such a lot of others to the truth of struggle, Stewart was once already in uniform - as a personal on defend responsibility south of San Francisco on the military Air Corps Moffet box. Seeing battle 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 numerous months earlier.

Jimmy Stewart, Bomber Pilot chronicles his lengthy trip to develop into a bomber pilot in wrestle. writer Starr Smith, the intelligence officer assigned to the superstar, recounts how Stewart's first battles have been with the Air Corps excessive command, who insisted on preserving the evidently proficient pilot out of harm's method as an teacher pilot for B-17 Flying Fortresses and B-24 Liberators. via 1944, in spite of the fact that, Stewart controlled to get assigned to a Liberator squadron that used to be deploying to England to hitch the potent 8th Air strength. as soon as within the thick of it, he rose to command his personal squadron and flew twenty strive against missions, together with one to Berlin.“My father might consider commemorated via this book.” —Kelly Stewart Harcourt, daughter of Jimmy Stewart
"We could have made Jimmy a bunch commander [equivalent to a military regiment] if the conflict had lasted one other month." - basic Jimmy Doolittle.

"An very good biography of a unique airman and tremendous human being." - Roger Freeman, writer of The effective 8th: A historical past of the U.S. eighth Air Force.

"How significant it really is that Starr Smith has ultimately directed a literary mild at the own background of Jimmy Stewart. . . . I welcomed Starr's ebook. it's wanted and sought after. Bravo!" - homosexual Talese.

"This is a really 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." - basic Michael E. Ryan, former leader of employees of the Air Force.

“I have met a number of motion picture stars, yet of all of them, i believe that Jimmy Stewart was once 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 wrestle commander in global battle II.” —Walter Cronkite, from the Foreword

Show description

By Starr Smith

Of all of the celebrities who served their kingdom in the course of international battle II -and they have been legion -Jimmy Stewart was once precise. On December seventh, whilst the assault on Pearl Harbor woke such a lot of others to the truth of struggle, Stewart was once already in uniform - as a personal on defend responsibility south of San Francisco on the military Air Corps Moffet box. Seeing battle 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 numerous months earlier.

Jimmy Stewart, Bomber Pilot chronicles his lengthy trip to develop into a bomber pilot in wrestle. writer Starr Smith, the intelligence officer assigned to the superstar, recounts how Stewart's first battles have been with the Air Corps excessive command, who insisted on preserving the evidently proficient pilot out of harm's method as an teacher pilot for B-17 Flying Fortresses and B-24 Liberators. via 1944, in spite of the fact that, Stewart controlled to get assigned to a Liberator squadron that used to be deploying to England to hitch the potent 8th Air strength. as soon as within the thick of it, he rose to command his personal squadron and flew twenty strive against missions, together with one to Berlin.“My father might consider commemorated via this book.” —Kelly Stewart Harcourt, daughter of Jimmy Stewart
"We could have made Jimmy a bunch commander [equivalent to a military regiment] if the conflict had lasted one other month." - basic Jimmy Doolittle.

"An very good biography of a unique airman and tremendous human being." - Roger Freeman, writer of The effective 8th: A historical past of the U.S. eighth Air Force.

"How significant it really is that Starr Smith has ultimately directed a literary mild at the own background of Jimmy Stewart. . . . I welcomed Starr's ebook. it's wanted and sought after. Bravo!" - homosexual Talese.

"This is a really 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." - basic Michael E. Ryan, former leader of employees of the Air Force.

“I have met a number of motion picture stars, yet of all of them, i believe that Jimmy Stewart was once 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 wrestle commander in global battle II.” —Walter Cronkite, from the Foreword

Show description

Read or Download Jimmy Stewart: Bomber Pilot PDF

Similar film books

Understanding Movies (11th Edition)

Is helping readers know how the various languages of movie interact to create which means. Louis Giannetti organizes knowing videos round the key parts of filmmaking, together with cinematography, Mise en Scène, move, enhancing, sound, performing, drama, casting, tale, screenwriting, ideology, and thought.

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Novelisation of Sergio Leone's Spaghetti Western "The reliable, The undesirable and the Ugly" starring Clint Eastwood and Lee Van Cleef.

Scanned by means of me.

Rivette: Texts and Interviews

Instead of be thought of in isolation, this booklet can be considered as a part of a common attempt to make the paintings of Jacques Rivette to be had, in each feel of the time period. this isn't to indicate that the subsequent texts and interviews are being provided as an insignificant complement to his movies: if the total physique of Rivette’s paintings will be learn as a sequence of evolving reflections at the cinema, the severe paintings contained during this quantity is indissolubly associated with the serious paintings represented by way of his film-making.

The Very Witching Time of Night: Dark Alleys of Classic Horror Cinema

The publication covers strange and infrequently extraordinary components of horror movie background: The harrowingly tragic lifetime of Dracula's major woman, Helen Chandler, as in detail remembered by means of her sister-in-law. John Barrymore's 1931 horror cars Svengali and The Mad Genius, and their rejection through the general public.

Extra info for Jimmy Stewart: Bomber Pilot

Example text

Captain Howard "Doc" Kreidler, of Tilden, Nebraska, was commander of the 701st Squadron of the 445th Bomb Group when Stewart arrived at Sergeant Bluff as the operations officer of the 703rd Squadron. The two small-town boys hit it off immediately and Liberators take shape on the production line at Fort Worth, Texas, where 3,034 were built. 56 A SUMMER IN SIOUX CITY remained friends throughout the war. Now a retired brigadier general living in Hilton Head, South Carolina, Kreidler told me, "We knew that Jim was a real good pilot before he arrived, and had a lot of hours in the B-17.

After the war, Arnold related this story to his daughter, Kathleen, who later told it to me. Pop got a call alerting him that a plane had crashed and there were fatalities. Jimmy's co-pilot, Bob (something,) Pop couldn't recall his last name, was killed in the crash and it was Pop's job to go up and inspect the crash site and oversee the retrieval of the bodies. Jimmy and his co-pilot were good friends and knowing this, Pop called Jimmy, told him what happened and said he was going to come get him.

The two small-town boys hit it off immediately and Liberators take shape on the production line at Fort Worth, Texas, where 3,034 were built. 56 A SUMMER IN SIOUX CITY remained friends throughout the war. Now a retired brigadier general living in Hilton Head, South Carolina, Kreidler told me, "We knew that Jim was a real good pilot before he arrived, and had a lot of hours in the B-17. But we were on a tough, tight schedule in third-phase training and needed to get him checked out on 24s right away.

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.49 of 5 – based on 32 votes