By William L. Smallwood
During the second one international conflict, a B-17 tailgunner had a one-in-four likelihood of survival in the course of his average twenty-five-mission journey. Valor, Guts, and Luck is the tale of employees Sergeant Lowell ôSlatsö Slayton (1923û2013), who beat these odds.
An underprivileged child from Fargo, North Dakota, Slayton was once a highschool senior the day the japanese bombed Pearl Harbor. attracted to the glamour of the ôwild blue yonderö made recognized by way of newsreels, he joined the military Air strength. finally he came upon himself on an unfortunate 13th challenge to the most FW-190 fighter-aircraft plant in Oschersleben, Germany. After being hit by means of a rocket, his airplane left the safety of the formation and used to be instantly attacked via a swarm of fighter-aircraft, leading to harm that compelled a crash touchdown in Germany.
Slayton, although wounded, survived the crash touchdown and hung out in 3 hospitals and POW camps after which persevered a 300-plus mile trek from Poland to western Germany in the course of one of many coldest winters on list. via SlaytonÆs memories, William L. Smallwood conveys the riveting stories of existence within the Air Corps, aerial wrestle, and the awful reports of a prisoner of struggle. via all of it, SlaytonÆs valor, guts, and success made it attainable for him to take pleasure in a homecoming after the war.
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