307th Bombardment Group (Heavy) has some great resources, with loads of spine tingling entertainment and incredibly accurate accounts of missions as well as day to day living during the glory days of the 307th.
Here are a few resources:
A number of books were written about the 307th Bomb Group. The books listed below can be found on Amazon.com and many other online and in-person books stores. Unfortunately, a number of books about the 307th Bomb Group are now out of print; however, the books can be located from time-to-time on online book stores and eBay.com. Here are the titles of some of the 307th BG books that are now out of print:
We now have the book “The Long Rangers- A Diary of the 307th Bombardment Group (H)” by Sam Britt in stock. Feel free to email either the President or Secretary for your copy today. They are $25.00 a copy including postage.
“Up the Slot” by Samuel L. Walker
“Aerial Gunner from Virginia—The Letters of Don Moody to His Family during 1944” by William Edwin Hemhill
“One 11 Million of a War”— by Frank Maleckas
“We’ll Say Goodbye—Story of the “Long Rangers”-307th Bombardment Group (HV)” (On Amazon)
“We’ll Say Goodbye—Story of the “Long Rangers”-307th Bombardment Group (HV)” (The story and the SONG)
“From Fiji Through The Philippines with the Thirteenth Air Force” by Lt. Col. Benjamin E. Lippincott
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On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared. It was that of a young lieutenant, the plane’s bombardier, who was struggling to a life raft and pulling himself aboard. So began one of the most extraordinary odysseys of the Second World War.
The lieutenant’s name was Louis Zamperini. In boyhood, he’d been a cunning and incorrigible delinquent, breaking into houses, brawling, and fleeing his home to ride the rails. As a teenager, he had channeled his defiance into running, discovering a prodigious talent that had carried him to the Berlin Olympics and within sight of the four-minute mile. But when war had come, the athlete had become an airman, embarking on a journey that led to his doomed flight, a tiny raft, and a drift into the unknown.
Ahead of Zamperini lay thousands of miles of open ocean, leaping sharks, a foundering raft, thirst and starvation, enemy aircraft, and, beyond, a trial even greater. Driven to the limits of endurance, Zamperini would answer desperation with ingenuity; suffering with hope, resolve, and humor; brutality with rebellion. His fate, whether triumph or tragedy, would be suspended on the fraying wire of his will.
Samuel S. Britt, Jr. Dies. Author of 307th Bomb Group book, “The Long Rangers”.
Samuel S. Britt, Jr. one of the 307th Association’s stalwart members died September 23, 2006 in Birmingham, AL. Same served the association in many ways but perhaps his most notable service involved researching and writing “The Long Rangers” probably the most extensive compilation of 307th World War II activities available. Sam is survived by his wife, Helen, two sons, 7 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren.
The Long Rangers is the provocative WWII memoir of John Seymour Pangborn, a young engineer in the United States Air Force. Barely out of high school, John enlists in the armed services but his eagerness to participate in the war effort is curtailed by endless training and red tape. Still, John dutifully learns the ropes, participating in drills of skill and memory that will help him survive on the field of battle. After spending a year in training camps in the Deep South, the nation’s heartland, and on the golden coast of California, John and his Air Force crew are finally summonsed to take part in Allied fight in the Far East Theatre. As the war grinds on and the air battles become more intense, John gets a first-hand education about survival and man’s inhumanity to man. What follows is a clear and harrowing account of a group of noble young men flung into desperate missions for which they know there may be no return
David G. Oakley
The story of Sgt. George D. Oakley, Jr. and his fellow B-24 crew members, in the skies above the Pacific Ocean during WWII as they completed their missions in helping to save our world from tyranny.
“Theirs was extremely hazardous duty and it is remarkable that it was performed by these mere boys from America.
It might be noted here, and the reader might remain mindful, as the story progresses, that these mere boys were in so many ways just that, mere boys. This couldn’t be more clearly depicted than when reading of the days these boys mischievously slipped away from K.P. duty before being dismissed finding themselves paying the consequences the following day, or neglecting to sweep out their quarters one morning only to sweat out the consequences following the unexpected inspection, or lying around reading and sleeping, sitting around playing cards and drinking Cokes, swimming and lying on the beach, shooting targets with their .45s, building up their living quarters and constructing crude furniture and fixtures from scraps, partying with the added benefit of alcohol provided by the Army one day, only to be “bored” the next day, and on and on, as the war wore on.
All of this, their day to day life, before and after flying each mission in to and back out of the mouths of the fire-breathing Japanese dragons, destroying air fields and oil fields, planes and aviation fuel, the very nourishment critical to the survival of those dragons.”
307th Bomb Group Book—The Spectator : A World War II Bomber Pilot’s Journal of the Artist as Warrior
From Greenwich Village to Guadalcanal in just over a year, David Zellmer would find piloting a B-24 bomber in the South Pacific a far cry from his life as a fledgling member of the Martha Graham Dance Company. He soon discovered the unimagined thrills of first flights and the astonishment of learning that an aerial spin was merely a vertical pirouette which one spotted on a barn thousands of feet below, instead of on a doorknob in Martha’s studio. Reconstructed from letters home, this captivating account traces Zellmer’s journey from New York to the islands of the South Pacific as the 13th Air Force battled to push back the Japanese invaders in 1943 and 1944.
307th Bomb Group Book—Morotai: A Memoir of War
According to the official histories, says John Boeman, the U.S. Army trained 193,440 pilots between 1 July 1939 and 31 August 1945. Boeman was one of them — a B-24 bomber pilot. He had never been in an airplane, had never felt himself “born to fly,” and felt “no sudden surge of patriotism.” But from the day the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, he says there was no question in his mind that he would enter military service. President Roosevelt’s blueprint for total war made this clear. Boeman’s memoir takes the reader from flight training through combat missions. The day-to-day life of inexperienced Boeman and his crew, as part of the 307th Bombardment Group, is detailed with humor and pathos — the apprehension of his first mission; the long hours on the ground; the remembrances of “growing up”; the excitement, the “ice” in the stomach, or the unexpected.
307th Bomb Group Book—Devil at My Heels: A WW II Hero’s Epic Saga of Torment, Survival, and Forgiveness
A juvenile delinquent, a world-class NCAA miler, a 1936 Olympian, a World War II bombardier: Louis Zamperini had a life fuller than most when it changed in an instant. On May 27, 1943, his B-24 crashed into the Pacific Ocean. Louis and two other survivors found a raft amid the flaming wreckage and waited for rescue. Instead, they drifted two thousand miles for forty-seven days. Their only food: two shark livers and three raw albatross. Their only water: sporadic rainfall. Their only companions: hope and faith — and the ever-present sharks. Somehow Zamperini survived and he returned home a hero. The celebration was short-lived. He plunged into drinking and brawling and the depths of rage and despair. Nightly, the Bird’s face leered at him in his dreams. It would take years, but with the love of his wife and the power of faith, he was able to stop the nightmares and the drinking. A stirring memoir from one of the greatest of the “Greatest Generation,” Devil at My Heels is a living document about the brutality of war, the tenacity of the human spirit, and the power of forgiveness.