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"The All-American Crew"

A Novel of the courage and sacrifice of a WWII B-24 Liberator Crew

On January 23, 1943, a B-24 Liberator and its crew of ten men disappeared without a trace in New Guinea, leaving ten families wounded permanently and without closure. Now, after almost 80 years of silence, using long-forgotten letters and dusty photographs from another era, the lives and loves of these ten men are brought to life on the pages of "The All-American Crew." 

 

They did not intend to be heroes and would not welcome the description. They were the sons of farmers, oil company engineers, cotton brokers, garment industry workers, and Chinese laundrymen. Many were descendants of the oldest families in America, who first set foot on the soil of Colonial Virginia in the 1600s. Others came from families that migrated to America in the 1800s from Ireland, Scotland, Germany, Austria, and China during the tremendous immigration wave that built America. In truth, this group of young men could only have been formed in America. They were the best that America had to offer.  Each was willing to sacrifice everything for the country he loved, driven by a patriotic fervor that was only matched by his love of flying.

 

"The All-American Crew" is based upon a true story. Stanley's transformation from a Chinese American boy, not yet old enough to vote or drink beer, into a B-24 Liberator nose gunner is set against the lives of the other nine American men, who are his crew members. Along the way, Stanley experiences loneliness, racism, his first beer, first romance, and the horrors of war, themes that are as relevant today as they were 80 years ago. 

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New Guinea 1942-43

In the early days of the war in the Pacific, young American men formed quickly trained B-24 Liberator bomber crews that flew off dirt runways, thousands of miles from home, battling loneliness, a relentless enemy, and jungle pythons. Somehow, against the worst odds they prevailed and saved the world. 

Available February 2022