Of the many celebrities who served their country during World War II, Jimmy Stewart was unique. When the December 7 attack on Pearl Harbor woke so many others to the reality of the war, Stewart already was serving¾ as a private in the Army Air Corps. At a high point in his film career, seeing war on the horizon, he had enlisted several months earlier. This book chronicles the star’s long journey to become a bomber pilot in combat. His first battles were with the Air Corps high command, who insisted on keeping him out of harms way as an instructor pilot. Stewart eventually managed to get assigned to a Liberator squadron that deployed to England to join the mighty Eighth Air Force. Once in the thick of it, he rose to command his own squadron, flying twenty combat missions, including one to Berlin. This is a fascinating, firsthand look at the making of a true American hero.
Softcover, 5.5 x 8.5, 282 pgs.