THE COFFIN CORNER BOYS
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The "Coffin Corner Boys" was the nickname given to the B-17 crews of WWII that flew in the most vulnerable corner of the bomber formations. In 1943 and 44 any member of a B-17 crew had a 0% chance of surviving 25 missions over Germany without being shot down. When the Luftwaffe was finally defeated and fighter escorts were provided their chances went up, but only slightly. Author Carole Avriett tells the story of one crew that was shot down over France- telling of their courage, their harrowing adventures, and of the French people and French resistance who risked their lives to save downed allied airmen.
The Coffin Corner Boys by Carole Avriett is available wherever fine books are sold.
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