This is the untold story of a daredevil bomber pilot and his misfit crew who
fly their lone B-17 into the teeth of the Japanese Empire in 1943, engage in the
longest dogfight in history, and change the momentum of the War in the
Pacific—but not without making the ultimate sacrifice. It is 1942, the Japanese
war machine has rolled up nearly all of the Pacific Theater, and American forces
are clinging to what little unconquered territory remains. While US Marines claw
their way across Guadalcanal, small contingents of US Army Airmen make their way
to the lonely, embattled Allied airbase on Papua New Guinea.
Their mission: to defend Australia from invasion, harass Japanese supply
lines, fly perilous bombing missions over enemy-held strongholds, and make
reconnaissance runs to provide intelligence for America’s nascent island-hopping
Author Bob Drury & Tom Clavin, 368 pages, hardcover.