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By Starr Smith

Of all of the celebrities who served their state in the course of global warfare II -and they have been legion -Jimmy Stewart was once distinctive. On December seventh, while the assault on Pearl Harbor woke such a lot of others to the truth of battle, Stewart was once already in uniform - as a personal on safeguard responsibility south of San Francisco on the military Air Corps Moffet box. Seeing struggle at the horizon, Jimmy Stewart, on the peak of his repute after Mr. Smith is going to Washington and his Oscar-winning flip in The Phadelphia Story in 1940, had enlisted a number of months past.

Jimmy Stewart, Bomber Pilot chronicles his lengthy trip to develop into a bomber pilot in wrestle. writer Starr Smith, the intelligence officer assigned to the celeb, recounts how Stewart's first battles have been with the Air Corps excessive command, who insisted on maintaining the clearly proficient pilot out of harm's manner as an teacher pilot for B-17 Flying Fortresses and B-24 Liberators. by way of 1944, even if, Stewart controlled to get assigned to a Liberator squadron that used to be deploying to England to hitch the potent 8th Air strength. as soon as within the thick of it, he rose to command his personal squadron and flew twenty wrestle missions, together with one to Berlin.

“My father might suppose commemorated via this book.” —Kelly Stewart Harcourt, daughter of Jimmy Stewart
"We could have made Jimmy a bunch commander [equivalent to a military regiment] if the warfare had lasted one other month." - common Jimmy Doolittle.

"An first-class biography of a special airman and high quality human being." - Roger Freeman, writer of The amazing 8th: A historical past of the U.S. eighth Air Force.

"How exceptional it truly is that Starr Smith has eventually directed a literary mild at the own historical past of Jimmy Stewart. . . . I welcomed Starr's ebook. it's wanted and sought after. Bravo!" - homosexual Talese.

"This is a truly good researched and written publication. . . . It fills a spot in historical past approximately no mere actor yet a brave and selfless guy, Brigadier basic Jimmy Stewart, USAF." - common Michael E. Ryan, former leader of employees of the Air strength.

“I have met a couple of motion picture stars, yet of all of them, i feel that Jimmy Stewart used to be such a lot like these modest heroes he portrayed. Now journalist Starr Smith has raised the curtain on Stewart’s gallant provider as a bomber pilot and air wrestle commander in global conflict II.” —Walter Cronkite, from the Foreword

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