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Silent Wings- The American Glider Pilots of WWII

Silent Wings- The American Glider Pilots of WWII [Kindle Edition]

Robert Child

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From the early race to build gliders to the D-Day invasion at Normandy and Nazi Germany's final surrender, Silent Wings, reveals the critical role gliders played in World War II offensives. Through interviews with glider vets as well as WWII war correspondents, Walter Cronkite and Andy Rooney, the book places the reader right at the center of the action in the dangerous world of the American glider pilot. 
During WWII, 6000 young Americans volunteered to fly large unarmed cargo gliders into battle. For these glider pilots every mission was do-or-die. It was their task to repeatedly risk their lives landing the men and tools of war deep within enemy-held territory, often in complete darkness, using only a stopwatch to navigate. Thousands of lives were saved and battles won because of their efforts. In fact, one pilot interviewed said - the 'G' in their emblem didn't stand for glider; it stood for 'guts'.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 616 KB
  • Print Length: 94 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Janson Media (14 May 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CT87L8A
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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American Emmy® Nominated Motion Picture Director and Author

After spending 15 years in New York directing and technical directing some of the most widely viewed programs on network and cable television; Who Wants To Be A Millionaire, Emeril Live, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, I followed my passion for history in 2005 and produced a series historical films including; Silent Wings, Lincoln and Lee, The Wereth Eleven and others.

I am the winner of more than 25 writing and directing awards and am one of only a handful of directors whose work has screened in the Congress of the United States. Silent Wings debuted on Capitol Hill on the day of its release in 2007 and became the catalyst for New York Congresswoman, Carolyn McCarthy's, House sponsored, Joint Resolution honoring America's WWII glider pilots.

I have been fortunate in my films to work with several Hollywood "name" collaborators. Hal Holbrook narrated Silent Wings, which featured Walter Cronkite and Andy Rooney. Civil War theatrical director, Ronald F. Maxwell, (Gettysburg, Gods & Generals) narrated my Lincoln and Lee at Antietam: The Cost of Freedom. Corey Reynolds (The Terminal, The Closer) narrated The Wereth Eleven and actor Dale Dye, Stephen Spielberg's Senior Military Advisor on Saving Private Ryan and Band of Brothers narrated the USS Franklin: Honor Restored, film in 2011.

In 2008 I began writing screenplays and both my first two feature film screenplays HAMILTON and BLOOD BETRAYAL reached the finals in two separate screen writing competitions. "Hamilton" was declared an "Official Finalist" in the 2011 Hollywood Screenplay Contest and "Blood Betrayal" reached the semi-finals in the 27th Write Movies International Writing Contest out of thousands of entries. Blood Betrayal has now been adapted to a Kindle ebook novel.

Recently one of the most personally gratifying honors I received was from the survivor's association of the WWII aircraft carrier, USS Franklin. They singled me out for Honorary Crew Membership aboard the most decorated vessel in US Naval history.

USS Franklin Museum Association President, H. Prentice Baptiste, wrote, "We wish to extend to you, Robert Child, membership as a full fledged crew member of the USS Franklin for your work in setting the record straight of the heroic effort in saving one of the great ships of the U.S. Navy in World War II and your name will be permanently inscribed on the official crew roster."

And finally, personally, I am married with four wonderful kids, two dogs and a cat! Our whole tribe lives in beautiful Wake Forest, NC which is very conducive to writing.

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2.0 out of 5 stars Too short, very few details 4 July 2013
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I have the highest regard for ANYONE who flew in gliders -- especially the pilots. Most of their flights were one-way, one-time and they were often killed by their own comrades -- by the pilots who flew the tow planes and the "experts" who overloaded and mis-loaded the gliders -- and, if they were not killed in the landing, they then had to fight as infantry! This book is only 84 pages of narrative, with many pages of praise for the FILM and quotes from people who had nothing to do with the gliders. No details about the gliders construction, no inside views of the gliders, no action pictures, very few quotes from the actual pilots, and very little description of the actions they were in. I have read entire BOOKS about one or two glider operations -- this book just skimmed through and had just barely enough pages to not be called a short story.
4.0 out of 5 stars Opens a Window into an Overlooked Aspect of WWII History 23 Jun 2014
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This book opens a window into an aspect of WWII history which is usually only mentioned in passing by historians. My dad was stationed in Texas during the war as part of an Army Air Forces unit which retrieved gliders after pilots landed them during practice runs. (Not very glamourous compared to my dad's original vision of flying as part of a bomber's aircrew) This book shows how all that preparation fit into a larger, important strategic picture of the war effort. Thank you to the author for writing and compiling the accounts. Thank you to reporters, like Walter Cronkite and Andy Rooney, who rode with the glider troops into the combat zones and whose recollections of the gliders are included in the book. And a big thank you to the unsung men and women who built and serviced the gliders, the valiant men who rode them into battle and especially the intrepid pilots who flew them, some of whose first hand accounts are also included.
1.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Topic; Terrible Book 11 Oct 2013
By John D. Johnson - Published on
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I have seen junior high term papers with better writing than this. Poor coverage of an interesting topic that deserves better.
5.0 out of 5 stars Brave Pilots 23 July 2013
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There are not many books written on the subject of WWII gliders. Although this book may be lacking in individual detail for any given mission or battle, I don't think that was the author's goal. This book is a more a chronicle of the role the pilots played in the war. The book helps you better understand what these pilots experienced and what they went through. They were truly very brave pilots. I'm glad I read this book.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars goodbook 17 Jun 2013
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Very good book , would definitely read any other book by the author.
Great history.
Good book as usual on ww2.
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