To Kingdom Come: An Epic Saga of Survival in the Air War Over Germany

Version: Unabridged
Author: Robert J. Mrazek
Narrator: David Drummond
Genres: History, Military
Publisher: Tantor Audio
Published In: March 2011
# of Units: 9 CDs
Length: 10 hours, 30 minutes
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Overview

On September 6, 1943, three hundred and thirty-eight B-17 'Flying Fortresses' of the American Eighth Air Force took off from England, bound for Stuttgart, Germany, to bomb Nazi weapons factories.

Dense clouds obscured the targets, and one commander's critical decision to circle three times over the city-and its deadly flak-would prove disastrous. Forty-five planes went down that day, and hundreds of men were lost or missing.

Focusing on first-person accounts of six of the B-17 airmen, award-winning author Robert J. Mrazek vividly re-creates the fierce air battle and reveals the astonishing valor of the airmen who survived being shot down-and the tragic fate of those who did not.

Reviews (1)

To Kingdom Come

Written by Connie on March 10th, 2013

  • Book Rating: 5/5

A very interesting book on the initial air war over Europe during WW II. A sad, and large loss of pilots and crew due to lack of planes that could fly protection for them, against the very experienced fighter pilots of Germany. It was most interesting hearing the stories of those that survived their downed craft, and the lives of those who didn't survive. I thought the decisions of General Travis and the consequences of those decisions were thought provoking, and it would seem some believed the risks he took with others lives, were not to be forgotten in the months and years ahead by those who strongly disagreed with him. I highly recommend the book for those interested in that time period of our country.

Author Details

Author Details

Mrazek, Robert J.

Robert J. Mrazek is the author of "Stonewall's Gold," winner of the Michael Shaara Prize for Best Civil War Novel of 1999. A five-term Congressman, he co-authored the law that saved the Manassas battlefield from being bulldozed. He lives in upstate New York and Maine.