By John Steinbeck
A exceptional quantity of brief novels and a vital global warfare II record from considered one of America's nice twentieth-century writers
On the heels of the big good fortune of his masterwork The Grapes of Wrath-and on the top of the yankee warfare effort-John Steinbeck, essentially the most prolific and influential literary figures of his iteration, wrote Bombs Away, a nonfiction account of his reports with U.S. military Air strength bomber crews in the course of international conflict II. Now, for the 1st time due to the fact that its unique booklet in 1942, Penguin Classics provides this particular variation of Steinbeck's advent to the then-nascent U.S. military Air strength and its bomber crew-the crucial middle unit in the back of American air energy that Steinbeck defined as "the maximum group within the world."
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From one ol’ cat to basketball, to sand-lot baseball, to football, American boys learn instinctively to react as members of a team. They learn that not everyone can be pitcher or quarterback, but that each team must be a balance of various skills. And in this instinct for team play and team reaction the Air Force finds its material for the greatest team of this emergency—the bomber crew; for the bomber crews are the close-knit teams which will defend our goal posts and drive deep into the territory of the enemy.
While the ships were being built, bomber crews were being trained all over the country to be assembled at last for their missions. The long-range bomber is an intricate and marvelous machine capable of climbing to great altitude, capable of tremendous range, capable of carrying great bomb loads; but it is still only as good as its bomber crew. It is only a machine. It can only fly as well as its pilot can fly it and only arrive at the point toward which its navigator can direct it. Marvelous and accurate as the American bombsight is, it still must rely upon the steadiness and judgment of the bombardier, while the sleek sides of the bomber and the lives of the bomber crew are dependent upon the marksmanship and the coolness and the judgment of the aerial gunners.
Survey estimates show some 300,000 civilians killed and 780,000 wounded. The number made homeless aggregates 7,500,000. The principal German cities have been largely reduced to hollow walls and piles of rubble. German industry is bruised and temporarily paralyzed. These are the scars across the face of the enemy, the preface to the victory that followed. S. S. Strategic Bombing Strategic Survey 4). The Survey goes on to state that the German people “lost faith in the prospect of victory, in their leaders and in the promises and propaganda to which they were subjected.