Widow Maker: A Novel of World War II

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Six young Americans have been assigned to fly the Martin B-26 Marauder in combat during World War II. The B-26-dubbed Widow Maker by the press and the aircrews who flew her-was one of the most controversial aircraft produced in the United States during the war. These young men find themselves confronted not only with doubts about the airplane they are given to fly, but also the sometimes fatal choices made by a military organization unprepared to employ them in combat. Against the setting of World War II Europe, the hearts and minds of the young members of the aircrew are revealed as they are forced to take a swift and frequently terrifying journey into manhood. The differences between them, seemingly irreconcilable at first, melt away as they form the ancient bond between men whose lives must depend upon one another in combat. But even after these young Americans make the transition to seasoned warriors, they are still faced with the grim reality that some of them will survive-and some will not.

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E. R. Johnson writes in a classic style reminiscent of military novels like TWELVE O'CLOCK HIGH by Berne E. Lay and Sy Bartlett and THE HUNTERS by James Salter. Johnson's action sequences skilfully provide readers with a realistic and provocative desription of the terrors of aerial combat experienced by many young Americans 60 years ago. In fact, realism and historical accuracy are the chief components of Johnson's style. In addition to researching relevant historical and technical data on U. S. Army Air Force training and combat operations during the period described in the book, Johnson spent many hours interviewing veterans who actually flew the Martin B-26 in combat.

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E. R. Johnson is a practicing attorney and aviation writer who lives and works in the Ozark Region of Arkansas. He served on active duty in the U. S. Navy, between 1968 and 1972, before completing his education at the University of Arkansas. Besides writing novels, he is a frequent contributor of non-fiction articles on aviation to numerous magazines and historical periodicals. A third generation airman, the author has flown eighteen different types of aircraft as pilot-in-command, including vintage biplanes and trainers of the World War II era. He currently holds the rank of major in the Civil Air Patrol, where he serves as a mission pilot and aerospace education officer.

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