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The Bridgebusters: The True Story of the Catch-22 Bomb Wing

  • The Bridgebusters: The True Story of the Catch-22 Bomb Wing

By Thomas McKelvey Cleaver

The men of the 57th Bomb Wing flew out of Corsica during World War II and bombed vital bridges throughout Italy to sabotage German supply routes. Their missions were dangerous and never–ending. One bombardier in the wing was a young New Yorker named Joseph Heller, who would later turn his experience into the classic 1961 war novel Catch–22. Now aviation historian Thomas McKelvey Cleaver takes a closer look at the real–life men of the 57th, whose camaraderie in the face of death inspired the raucous cast of heroes and antiheros in Catch–22.

About the Author

Thomas McKelvey Cleaver is the author of the best–selling Fabled Fifteen: The Pacific War Odyssey of Carrier Air Group 15, a history of the top–scoring U.S. Navy air group of World War II, Aces of the 78th Fighter Group, and F4F and F6F Aces of VF–2 for Osprey. He has also written The Frozen Chosen: The First Marine Division in the Battle of the Chosin Reservoir, a history of the first year of the Korean War, published by Osprey in July 2016. Thomas is a recognized aviation historian, and has been published over the past 30 years in Air Force, Aviation History, Air International and Air Enthusiast magazines. He is a regular contributor at Flight Journal.

Hardcover: 288 pages
Publisher: Regnery History; Complete Numbers Starting with 1, 1st Ed edition (May 9, 2016)
Price: 29.99
ISBN: 9781621574880

The Bridgebusters: The True Story of the Catch-22 Bomb Wing

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