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One Way Ticket to Berlin: A Day in the Life of the Mighty Eighth
One Way Ticket to Berlin: A Day in the Life of the Mighty Eighth


 
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On an early morning in October 1944, two Allied airmen and six members of the Dutch underground were executed in a village in Nazi-occupied Holland. Later that morning their bodies were dropped on various street corners in the village with a note "Terrorist" on their chests.
The airmen had been captured in the house of the boy who would later become the brother-in-law of John Meurs, the author of this book. The boy could escape but his mother was sent to Ravensbruck concentration camp in Germany where she died a few months before the liberation of the camp by Allied troops.
One of the airmen captured and killed belonged to the British RAF. The other was Bob Zercher, the ball-turret gunner of a B-17 of the 8th USAAF. He had arrived on Dutch soil on April 29, 1944 when his bomber crash-landed in the Eastern part of Holland. The whole crew was taken under the wings of the Dutch underground and survived the war with the exception of Bob Zercher who was initially buried in the cemetery of Apeldoorn, Netherlands.
Meurs decided to research all crews of the Mighty Eighth who were reported missing in action on that particular Saturday in 1944. He collected the personal story of veterans who lived through it, families of veterans lost, and witnesses of the crashes. These first-hand recollections provide a compelling and terrifying account of the realities of war.

Thanks to the noble men of the Mighty Eighth who had a "one way ticket to Berlin" in 1944 and their comrades in arms, many people the world over now live in peace and freedom.
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excellent book November 14, 2016
Reviewer: Mary Prokop from Dearborn, MI United States  
Excellent book.  I have given away my original copy so now have 3 more so I can finish reading it.

Easy to order and efficient delivery and very reasonable shipping.  Thanks.

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One Way Ticket to Berlin August 21, 2016
Reviewer: Anonymous Person from Santa Barbara, CA United States  
I love reading the stories about all the men who were shot down on April 29, 1944.  It is an amazing compilation from so many different sources.  My husband is also enjoying it--many sad stories but so many about very brave men and women.

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A Very Special Book July 13, 2016
Reviewer: Norman Bussel, author of MY PRIVATE WAR, Liberated from Memphis, Tennessee, United States  
It didn't take me long to realize this is a very special book.  It is very special to me because April 29, 1944 was the most life-defining day of my 92-year existence. For anyone interested in the contribution the U.S. Army Air Corps made in defeating the AXIS during WW II, this is a must read.  

The amount of research is mind-boggling.  I express my deepest respect for your dedication in compiling this mountain of historic data.  I am moved to see the enormous losses suffered on that day when the sky over Germany was blazing with flaming death.  As the Army Air Corps song so aptly puts it:  "We live in fame, or go down in flame.  Nothing can stop the Army Air Corps."  It was a boyish chant that quickly turned us all into men.  

After more than 72 years, I still feel a blow to my heart seeing the names of so many buddies who never returned from this tragic mission.  I plan to give copies of this imposing book to my family and to many of my friends.


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One Way Ticket to Berlin: A Day in the Life of the July 5, 2016
Reviewer: Susan Rumbaugh Gilbert from Mcdonald, PA United States  
This book is an amazing tribute to the men that sacrificed so much that fateful day. Author John Meurs's dedication to see this work completed is to be commended. As the daughter of one of these brave men Mr. Meurs has my heartfelt gratitude.

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