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Van Slayden, in the Battle of Northern France as part of the Army Air Forces in the European Theater, landed in Normandy shortly after D-Day and fought on the ground in Tactical Operations Centers or in the air as a fighter-bomber pilot across France and Belgium into Germany to within miles of the Nazi’s surrender on May 8, 1945. He commanded the 36th Fighter Group—“The Fightin’ 36th”—at Bastogne, St. Vith, the Bridgehead at Remagen, Operations Grenade, Clarion, Varsity, and other missions. His 22nd Squadron was the first AAF unit to land voluntarily in Germany. A Tennessee country boy, he stepped up to the challenge as part of the Greatest Generation. The book is written entirely in his voice.
A Note From the Publisher
“I wish I’d had access to this book as a cadet at the Air Force Academy in the mid-60’s. It was an honor and privilege to review this book.” –COL Ed Petersen, Lawton, OK, USAF Retired, B-52 Pilot in Vietnam
“He crashed and flew again, and he was shot at and pushed on. As a historian and farm boy-turned-fighter-pilot, his story hit me right between the eyes!” –LTC Todd Lang, USAF Retired, Tulsa, OK, F-16 Fighter Pilot
“Slayden piloted the Army’s flying tank from the Battle of the Bulge into the heart of Germany, telling us what it was like to fly by the seat of his pants against the Nazis--engrossing and unforgettable.” –James Jay Carafano, Washington, DC, author of After D-Day