U.S. Experimental & Prototype Aircraft Projects

Title: U.S. Experimental & Prototype Aircraft Projects
Author: Bill Norton
Genre: Non-Fiction, Reference
Reviewer: Frank Evans

ISBN (links go to the MWSA Amazon store): 1580071090

America's military aircraft industry was forced to grow at an incredible pace during World War II. At the beginning of the conflict, the nation's air arms were out-matched by better-performing Axis aircraft. It was the development, often in secret, and subsequent performance of America's fighter aircraft that helped turn the tide of the war.
This book focuses on those American fighter projects of WWII that never reached combat forces, or only in a very limited manner. The book illuminates little known or minimally documented aircraft and projects that significantly advanced fighter design but never went into full-rate production and deployment. The standard types are also examined to illustrate the state of the art at the time, the American posture and capabilities, goals set by national and military leadership, and general factors affecting the course of development for classes of fighters. Hence, this work follows the overall development of American fighter aircraft, but emphasizes those little-known projects that matured to the point of significant design development such as mockups, wind-tunnel models, and especially those yielding flying prototypes. Also includes dead-end variants of service types, those only exported after US evaluation, and aircraft that entered service in only small numbers before being overcome by more advanced models or the end of hostilities.

Author(s) Mentioned: 
Norton, Bill

To Serve My Country

Title: To Serve My Country
Author: Jenna Turnipseed
Genre: Non-Fiction, Autobiography
Reviewer: Frank Evans

ISBN (links go to the MWSA Amazon store): 1602643547

Young woman searching for purpose, a young soldier making her mark in the world. The author puts her life, her thoughts, her challenges, and her pride on display in this insightful story of a young woman's discovery of self. This coming-of-age biography shows how she discovered meaning in her life; conveying an honest and emotional portrayal of life in service to her country. This is the true story of a young woman venturing out into the world seeking adventure, and discovering life, love and herself.

Author(s) Mentioned: 
Turnipseed, Jenna

Remains of Company D: a Story of the Great War, The

Title: The Remains of Company D: a Story of the Great War
Author: James Carl Nelson
Genre: Non-Fiction, History
Reviewer: Dave Brown

ISBN (links go to the MWSA Amazon store): B0057DBJH8

Haunted by an ancestor's small tale of near-death on and salvation from a French battlefield, a journalist expands and completes his grandfather's story, following the men of Company D, 28th Infantry Regiment, US First Division through their trials at Cantigny, Soissons, St. Mihiel, the Meuse-Argonne -- and beyond.

Author(s) Mentioned: 
Nelson, James Carl

The Mailman Went UA: A Vietnam Memoir

Title: The Mailman Went UA: A Vietnam Memoir
Author: David W. Mulldune
Genre: Non-Fiction, Memoir
Reviewer: Bob Flournoy

ISBN (links go to the MWSA Amazon store): 0557025516

Memoir by a Marine who served in Vietnam with the 27th and 7th Marines from May 1968 through June 1969. His book is not so much about the Vietnam War but about the experiences, horror, and tragedy of war, based on his experience, so that others will see the futility of it, unless there is absolutely no other way. He hopes that what he has written will be the next best thing to actually being there, and that it will give a taste of what it is like to go through it, and his hope that it will change the way people look at war as a viable solution. He wants people to see it from the less privileged viewpoint and get a taste of real war. The title, The Mailman Went UA, came from their little song and dance routine that they performed when they didn't receive any mail. Strong language, racial and sexual references. 18 photos, glossary.

Author(s) Mentioned: 
Mulldune, David W.

Last Roll Call (One of the last Memoirs of WWII. The adventure of a B-17 Tailgunner, volume 1)

Title: Last Roll Call (One of the last Memoirs of WWII. The adventure of a B-17 Tailgunner, volume 1)
Author: Kenneth Tucker & Wanda T. Goodwin
Genre: Non-Fiction, Memoir
Reviewer: Don Farinacci

ISBN (links go to the MWSA Amazon store): 0975474952

Synopsis of the book, submitted by the author.

Author(s) Mentioned: 
Tucker, Kenneth
Goodwin, Wanda T.