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Table Of Contents

Introduction
Part 1
News
April 1945
3 May 1945
4 May 1945
5 May 1945
7 May 1945
8 May 1945
10 May 1945
11–13 May 1945
14 May 1945
17 May 1945
19 May 1945
24 May 1945
25 May 1945
29 May, 1945
7 June 1945
9–10 June 1945
11 June 1945
12 June 1945
15 June 1945
17 June 1945
19 June 1945
22 June 1945
26 June 1945
28 June 1945
1 July 1945
2 July 1945
3–11 July 1945
12 July 1945
13–18 July 1945
19 July 1945
24 July 1945
25 July 1945
26 July 1945
27 July 1945
28 July 1945
2 August 1945
5 August 1945
6 August 1945
8 August 1945
9 August 1945
10 August 1945
14 August 1945
15–30 August 1945
30 August 1945
2 September 1945
30 September 1945
Postscript
References
Advance Praise
P. 1
Fire from the Sky

Fire from the Sky

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This is the story of the last few months of WWII in the Pacific, seen through the eyes of one man, a radio operator aboard a B29 Superfortress who kept a diary of 28 missions over Japan. The diary tells of the horrors of war. It was written in darkness, and often fear, with a pen-light during lonely hours confined for up to 18 hours at a time. Herb Greer our main author, 23 years old, frightened and sitting on up to 20,000 pounds of jellied gasoline (napalm), while blindly flying through constant flak bursts and fighter opposition. The plane is blacked out save the dull red glow of the instrument panels as they pass through the target area. Suddenly the most intense bright light floods the aircraft, blinding us – the tension in the aircraft shot up, hearts started beating a whole lot faster as we instantly realized that we were being singled out of the sky by a searchlight and were now firmly in the sights of air and ground fire, we were the main act, and center stage. From that moment everything went into slow motion as we pass through the target – seconds felt like minutes and minutes, hours. BOOM, an explosion, the plane rocks, bucks, flak is searing its way through the fragile fabric of the fuselage, loose items are flying around, I’m scared – they say you can taste fear – well they’re absolutely right.

This personal view gives us two perspectives, the first is the story of Herb Greer speaking to us aboard a B29 through the written entries of his diary and then the second recounted from his armchair 60 years later.

Written with an immediacy that can only be shared by those who were there, while capturing for posterity their bravery and dignity of sacrifice.
This is the story of the last few months of WWII in the Pacific, seen through the eyes of one man, a radio operator aboard a B29 Superfortress who kept a diary of 28 missions over Japan. The diary tells of the horrors of war. It was written in darkness, and often fear, with a pen-light during lonely hours confined for up to 18 hours at a time. Herb Greer our main author, 23 years old, frightened and sitting on up to 20,000 pounds of jellied gasoline (napalm), while blindly flying through constant flak bursts and fighter opposition. The plane is blacked out save the dull red glow of the instrument panels as they pass through the target area. Suddenly the most intense bright light floods the aircraft, blinding us – the tension in the aircraft shot up, hearts started beating a whole lot faster as we instantly realized that we were being singled out of the sky by a searchlight and were now firmly in the sights of air and ground fire, we were the main act, and center stage. From that moment everything went into slow motion as we pass through the target – seconds felt like minutes and minutes, hours. BOOM, an explosion, the plane rocks, bucks, flak is searing its way through the fragile fabric of the fuselage, loose items are flying around, I’m scared – they say you can taste fear – well they’re absolutely right.

This personal view gives us two perspectives, the first is the story of Herb Greer speaking to us aboard a B29 through the written entries of his diary and then the second recounted from his armchair 60 years later.

Written with an immediacy that can only be shared by those who were there, while capturing for posterity their bravery and dignity of sacrifice.

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