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The Watch That Went to War [Kindle Edition]

Ira Weinstein , Aaron Elson
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1st Lieutenant Ira Weinstein, a navigator/bombardier, was not supposed to fly on Sept. 27, 1944. But he wanted to get in his last mission so could be home by Christmas, and he was home by Christmas - a year later.
The 445th Bomb Group, flying B-24 Liberators out of Tibenham, England, suffered the highest one-day loss of any group in 8th Air Force History that day. Thirty-five bombers flew off course and 25 were shot down when the group was ambushed by more than 100 German fighter planes. Ira was one of only three survivors on his crew, and became a prisoner of war in Stalag Luft I.
A retired advertising executive, he has dedicated his time and effort to preserving the memory of the Kassel Mission, and is a member of the board of directors of the Kassel Mission Historical Society. For decades, people have been urging him to write down the many stories, some colorful, others poignant, he has told about his experiences over the years.
These are his stories.

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About the Author

Aaron Elson attended a reunion of his father's tank battalion in 1987, seven years after his dad passed away. He was so moved by the stories he heard in the hospitality room, the hotel parking lot, that he returned two reunions later with a tape recorder. He has been preserving the stories of the men and women of the "Greatest Generation" ever since, accumulating a personal archive of more than 600 hours of audiotaped interviews. He launched one of the first web sites with significant World War II content,, in 1997. His work has been used as source material in more than two dozen books and a dozen documentaries, including "The Color of War" and "Patton 360," which were shown on the History Channel. He has written several books about World War II and produced a unique series of Oral History Audiobooks in which the veterans tell Aaron their stories in their own voices. He also blogs about World War II at He is currently working on a book about Marine Sgt. Mathew Caruso, a chaplain's assistant who was a hero in the Chosin Reservoir campaign of the Korean War.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1111 KB
  • Print Length: 52 pages
  • Publisher: Chi Chi Press; 1 edition (5 Jan. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting 14 April 2014
By Petercb
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Enjoyed thoroughly reminds me how much we owe these guys - a little more detail might have helped in parts..
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Human Side 17 Jun. 2014
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Even though there was brutally this first hand account of one man's captivity records many facets of the human side of enemies. Good reading.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Stories for the children and grandchildren 9 Nov. 2014
By Eric C. Welch - Published on
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One of the really great things about the ease of self-publishing today is the plethora of personal memoirs of WW II and Vietnam veterans (not so many from the Korean War, oddly) that have appeared recently. Some of these approach the status of literature, others are more like the stories told by your grandfather to his children and grandchildren. Either way, they are extraordinarily valuable, providing insight into the experiences and feelings of young people (for most were barely out of their teens) facing truly difficult circumstances.

Weinstein’s brief book fits the second category and often the snippets feel a bit disorganized and rambling. But would you criticize your grandfather for that in the midst of an enthralling story? I didn’t think so.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Watch that went to War! 16 Sept. 2014
By DAN HETHERINGTON - Published on
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Great read! Being son of a welder who didn't serve because he worked on ships,I marvel at the strength of the men who did join the military.
These stories of personal challenges put on these men would break most of us.
Having a friend who flew in B-24's as an element leader really brings the action in the air close to home.An excellent book!Dan H
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5.0 out of 5 stars A short but very interesting read 29 Dec. 2014
By Stewart C. Wolfe - Published on
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This book is short, and a bit disjointed, but it is an excellent story about Mr. Weinstein's experiences both in the Army Air Corps and as. Prisoner Of War in Germany. I would have enjoyed it even more had he included more detail of his imprisonment. It's well worth the couple of hours you will spend reading it!
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3.0 out of 5 stars More personal WW[[ encounters 12 Oct. 2014
By Nora z - Published on
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Interesting accounts, not particularly well written with ramblings but
worthwhile if one is interested in personal war accounts. Try to put your self at the feet if the author just related his experiences of a terrible time in history and then it will be more appreciated.
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