Clay Pigeons the Life, Times, and Survival of A B-17 Belly Turret Gunner 1924-1945
Author: George T. Smith
Publisher: Avid Readers Publishing Group
Release Date: October 01, 2008
In 1924, the year of George Thomas Smiths birth, the United States had been in existence for only 148 years. World War One the war to end all wars was over and done. We were at peace. By the late 1920s and on into the 1930s the Great Depression held America in its tenacious grip. As the Hard Times began to ease during Georges teenage years, the rumblings of evil began to shake the world] Japan to the east, and Germany to the west. On a quiet Sunday in December of 1941, during his seventeenth year, George heard the words from a presidential radio broadcast that would change his world and his life - forever] the Empire of Japan had attacked Pearl Harbor. As with countless other young Americans, the call to duty was answered. George served his country as a member of the U.S. Army Air Corp, flying twenty-eight bombing raids, while operating as the belly turret gunner on a B-17 heavy bomber. From childhood to Pearl Harbor; voluntary induction into the Army; basic, gunnery, armament and B-17 combat training; assignment to the United Kingdom as part of the 8th Air Force; the reality of bombing raids against Hitlers wehrmacht; his discharge and trip home on the Queen Mary] this is the story of an American who is part of The Greatest Generation. This is George Smiths journey.