The Three Musketeers of the Army Air Forces: From Hitler's Fortress Europa to Hiroshima and Nagasaki

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While scores of books have been published about the atomic bombings that helped end World War II, little has been written about the personal lives and relationship of the three men that led the raids. Paul Tibbets, Tom Ferebee, and Ted "Dutch" Van Kirk exemplified what Life Magazine meant when in 1942 it called the B-17 pilot, bombardier, and navigator "the three musketeers of the Army Air Forces." A former navigator-bombardier and pilot himself, Harder brings a fresh perspective to an otherwise well-known narrative. He provides a rare insider's look at exactly who these three fellows were, how they were trained, what they meant to each other, and finally how everything coalesced into the Hiroshima and Nagasaki attacks.

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Robert O. Harder was an Air Force ROTC Distinguished Military Graduate and Strategic Air Command "Cold War" B-52D aircrewman with 145 combat missions during the Vietnam War. A rated navigator and radar bombardier, he also flew nuclear training sorties and stood Pad Alert. A former business executive, commercial pilot, and FAA-certificated flight instructor, he is a free-lance writer. His previous book, Flying from the Black Hole: The B-52 Navigator-Bombardiers of Vietnam was first published by the Naval Institute Press in 2009. Visit the author's website at robertoharder.com for more info and many additional images not published in the book.

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"The Three Musketeers of the Army Air Forces is a wonderful book to read for a look into the lives of the men who flew into history on that fateful day. By presenting a narrative of the crew members' entire lives, Harder helps the reader identify with the men on a more personal level. Furthermore, this technique reveals how the crew handled the pressure, thus letting the reader walk away with an appreciation for what they really did. At the end of the day, this book is a great read for anyone who wants get a better picture of the individuals who flew those fateful missions and of how they created the world's first nuclear combat unit."―Air and Space Power History

"Many aviation enthusiasts will probably wonder how a new book could possibly offer any fresh details about this well-trodden subject. The answer comes in a beautifully written narrative by Robert Harder . . . The author not only illuminates how these historical figures interacted . . . he also provides an excellent technical analysis of the Superfortress and its Norden bombsight. Numerous misconceptions are cleared up. The result is a fresh and often riveting account of a familiar story." --Aviation History Magazine

"This is an easily readable text, which is neither verbose nor lengthy. In many instances, the notes include additional information and clarification to the text. There are no maps, but an eight-page photographic section has multiple shots on each page, including a diagram of the Norden bombsight. This is a sometimes intimate look at the lives of three of the 'Greatest Generation,' whose immense responsibilities can only be imagined in a wartime situation, yet were just as human as anyone else in wanting to end the war, enjoy peace, be with their families and live long, healthy and productive lives. This is certainly a testament to those who survived the Great Depression and went on to help eliminate the immediate threat of world domination by European fascism and Japanese imperialism."―JAMP: The Journal of America's Military Past

"Drawing on his own experience as a navigator and bombardier aboard a B-52 bomber during the Cold War, the author brings together stories of these three men using in-depth interviews, well thought out research, and technical accuracy. He dispels several of the mistakes about the atomic missions that have crept into the accepted narrative over previous decades. Overall, the book is well written, clear, and engaging, a fascinating look at America's original atomic warriors."―WWII History Magazine

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