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The Flying Circus: Pacific War-1943- As Seen Through a Bombsight (SIGNED)

Wright, James C.

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ISBN 10: 1592286569 / ISBN 13: 9781592286560
Published by U.S.A.: Lyons Press, 2005
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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A fine, fresh, hardcover copy with a clean, well-bound interior and a sharp gray exterior with bright gilt lettering on a black spine. Top corner has been lightly bumped, and there is a tiny brown spot on the top edge of endpaper that has bled through a couple pages. Housed in a fine dust jacket with mostly sharp edges except for very light creasing to the top edge. SIGNED and inscribed by author on title page. GIFT QUALITY. 6.25"X9.25", X+214 pages. A rich historical narrative set in the midst of the Pacific War. "The Flying Circus is about the action, but it's also about the melting pot that was the army greeting a young man from Texas". To access more books related to war/military, air craft, and Texas, or for more signed books, go to and search using our unique keywords WARBX, AIRBX, TXCOHST, and/or SIGNEDBX, or visit our shop in Fort Worth. Bookseller Inventory # TXCOHST 513

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Title: The Flying Circus: Pacific War-1943- As Seen...

Publisher: U.S.A.: Lyons Press

Publication Date: 2005

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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A personal account of World War II, from a legendary Texas congressman.

From the Back Cover:

In the late evening of April 24, 1943, the first of thirty-six B-24 Liberator bombers, manned by skeleton crews, lifted off from the airstrip at Hamilton Field, just north of San Francisco. The planes were en route to Australia and flew singly, takeoffs scheduled five minutes apart to ensure secrecy. On board was twenty-year-old James C. Wright, who went on to serve in Congress for thirty-four years, serving as the speaker of the house from 1987 to 1989.
It was the first of five legs in the overseas movement of the 380th Heavy Bomb Group, known to a small circle within the Army Air Corps as "The Flying Circus." Wright was a second lieutenant trained as a bombardier, with just a few hours of "stick time." He was wholly unprepared for this first night leg of the journey into the Pacific combat zone, and for the horrors of war to follow.
Wright takes the reader to the slapped-together base camp in a desolate section of Australia, close to the Japanese bases with whom the 380th trades raids almost nightly. Wright flies sorties over kangaroo wastelands and into Timor, as well as into "Suicide Alley," where lie the airfields on the heavily defended Solomon Islands.
The Flying Circus is about the action, but it's also about the melting pot that was the army greeting a young man from Texas; what it took to be the bombardier, whose proficiency made or broke missions; and the events that formed a man who would stand astride the national stage for more than three decades.

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