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Pappy's War: A B-17 Gunner's World War II Memoir

John "Pappy" Paris

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ISBN 10: 1470053705 / ISBN 13: 9781470053703
Published by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2012
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Title: Pappy's War: A B-17 Gunner's World War II ...

Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

Publication Date: 2012

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition: Good

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Merriam Press World War 2 Memoir Series

This story is about the author's experiences while serving as an enlisted man in the U.S. Army Air Forces during World War II. It is a condensed narrative of his training in the States, and his experiences in the Eighth Air Force in wartime England in early 1944.

While with the Eighth he participated in some of the greatest air battles ever fought. These included bombing raids over Hamburg, Berlin and Leipzig along with other lesser-known targets.

His B-17 sustained grievous damage while on a "milk run" over France, and later was shot down while raiding the great industrial city of Leipzig located deep in the eastern part of Germany.

Then his narration recounts the trials and tribulations of his bailout, capture, interrogation, and confinement in Stalag-Luft IV. This prisoner of war camp was located in the province of Pomerania, in north central Germany, that is now part of Poland.

He was known as "Kriegsgefagen der Luftwaffe" #3057. Incarcerated there for a period of six months, he relates the story of his life as a prisoner of the Germans.

Late in the war, as the Russians were driving into Poland, and threatening to encircle their place of confinement, they were marched west in the dead of winter with little food or shelter, for a total of seventy days. It was the worst winter in northern Europe since such records were kept, as attested by the severe weather encountered by our troops during the Battle of the Bulge.

While on this march, along with three others, he escaped. After three weeks, and many adventures later, they broke into the British battle lines near Hanover.

Relive John's odyssey as a member of a B-17 crew of the 600th Bomb Squadron, 398th Bomb Group, Eighth Air Force.




“Big Ass Bird”



First Blood;

Big “B”

Milk Run

London Town

Red Lion Inn


Mayday (M’daidez)




Black March


Back Up, Joe

398th Bombardment Group (H)

Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress Flies Again in the Markings of the 398th Bomb Group

42 photos and illustrations

From the Inside Flap:

I have decided not to use peoples names. Some of my Kriegie cohorts were thrust upon me. I did not see all of them in a good light, and there is no point in soiling the reputation of those no longer able to defend themselves.
      I will try to convey an idea of what war was like to those of you who did not fight one. I apologize for any inaccuracies or embellishments, as my old memories have been repressed for more than fifty years.
                 Any similarity between the characters in this book and persons living or dead is intentional. I grieve for my comrades who gave their young lives. these were fine men who saw themselves not as brave or daring, but simply doing their duty. One of every ten American servicemen killed in World War ll flew in the Eighth Air Force.

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