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RETURN TO BASE : MEMOIRS OF A B-17 COPILOT, KIMBOLTON, ENGLAND 1943-1944

Pitts, Jesse Richard

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ISBN 10: 1574271466 / ISBN 13: 9781574271461
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Title: RETURN TO BASE : MEMOIRS OF A B-17 COPILOT, ...

Publisher: Howell Press

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:BRAND NEW

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The B-17 Flying Fortress remains an endearing classic to the aviation world, but none knew this grand "lady" better than those who piloted her during World War II. Return to Base, a masterfully written autobiography, relates the bombing history and personal experience of Jesse Pitts, B-17 copilot and member of the 379th Bomb Group, Eighth Air Force, operating out of Kimbolton, England. Second Lieutenant Pitts and the crew of the Penny Ante flew twenty-five missions over France and Germany from 1943 to 1944. This memoir is a powerful and penetrating look back at this "band of brothers."

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Son of an American father and a French mother, Pitts was raised France, later returning to the States to attend Harvard University. In 1941, Pitts graduated from Harvard, where he later returned to earn his Ph.D. in sociology, and enlisted in the American Air Corps. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross as well as the French Croix de Guerre. After he returned from duty, Pitts married Monique Bonnier, the daughter of French Resistance hero Claude Bonnier. He pursued a varied academic career, teaching at Wayne State University, Oakland University, Harvard University, and the University of Virginia, also lecturing in Paris. In addition, he co-authored In Search of France (1964) and Theories of Society (1966). He created the Franco-American periodical The Tocqueville Review, serving as editor from 1978 to 1991. Pitts spent his last years devoted to Return to Base, which he dedicated to the crew of Penny Ante.

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