ᗶ  ৳ Lucky 666: The Impossible Mission That Changed the War in the Pacific free download ᚚ By Bob Drury ᛘ ᗶ ৳ Lucky 666: The Impossible Mission That Changed the War in the Pacific free download ᚚ By Bob Drury ᛘ Lucky 666 PROLOGUE THEY WERE CLOSE NOW, THE zeros Running him down from behind Thirty minutes ago his belly gunner had counted over 20 on the Buka airstrip, close to a dozen kicking up dust as they taxied for takeoff They would be on him soon they should have been on him by now Give me forty five seconds It was Kendrick, over the interphone The waist gunner and Photo Joe Asking, begging, for just a little time to get his pictures The photographs, theyd said back at the base, that could change the course of the war Almost four hours in the air and this is what it had come to Forty five seconds Below him the low sun caused the stunted eucalyptus trees to cast dappled shadows on the flowering frangipani of Japanese held Bougainville Island Far to the east the active volcano, Mount Bagana, spewed slender flutes of black smoke into the cloudless sky, like veins in blue granite But it was neither the islands flora nor its topography that interested Captain Jay Zeamer and the anxious crew of his B 17 Flying Fortress this morning It was the hidden reefs of Empress Augusta Bay The reefs that lay submerged just beneath the breaking waves where the Marine landings would take place The reefs waiting like bear traps to snag their LSTs The reefs, the airfields, the enemy defenses these were the reasons why Jay and his men were here A lonely B 17 600 miles from home Soon to face the might of the Japanese Imperial Navys most elite fighter pilots, a desperate enemy determined to prevent the Americans from returning with their photos The impossible mission, someone had called it Now Jay Zeamer knew why Not that every recon flight wasnt a deadly gamble No fighter escort Not even a friendly formation to help ward off the swarms of bogeys Jay knew too many recon crews who had never returned That was the rub Scouting enemy positions was only half the job Getting the information back would be the impossible part The Zero pilots knew it as well Jay scanned the bay again Visibility was clear Just a scrim of ground haze over the shore, which the infrared camera filters would cut through with ease Now the tail gunners voice crackling over the interphone Another fighter squadron lifting off, this time from Bougainville A dozen at least Jay thought about cutting and running No one would blame him No one could He had volunteered for this job with the clear understanding that hed run the operation his way His way meant any wayany wayhe wanted They had already reconnoitered Buka Island The flight wouldnt be a total waste Hell, Buka was where the wolves behind him had picked up his scent Why hadnt he trusted his gut, gone with his initial response At first hed said no when theyd tacked on the Buka run at the last minute Just Bougainville, hed told them Forget Buka Buka was suicide He should have held firm What could they have done Grounded him Hed been disciplined before, too many times to count Washed out of one Bomb Group for being too flaky, nearly court martialed by another for that stunt over Rabaul A lot of people didnt like Jay Aloof, they called him A screwoff No respect for authority And this was where it had gotten him When they wouldnt give him a plane hed foraged one, plucked from the boneyard at the rump end of the runway, and rebuilt it from the wheels up When they wouldnt give him a crew hed recruited one, men like himself misfits they called them at first, but each now an Airman with whom hed entrust his life And when they wouldnt give him assignments hed volunteered for them, recon missions no one else wanted, missions they all had to be a little crazy to take on Missions like this one, which right now his every good sense was screaming at him to abort But then Jay envisioned the Marines It was the middle of June 1943, and the war in the Pacific hung by a thread In the 18 months since Pearl Harbor the Japanese had controlled the game, spreading like algae across the vast, watery theater, securing far flung bases with impunity Yet now the tide just might be turning First at Midway, then on Guadalcanal Small steps But steps And the island below himBougainvillewas next The key to unlocking the stranglehold of the Empire of the Rising Sun After Bougainville there would be New Guinea, and from New Guinea a return to the Philippines, until finally the ships of the U.S Navy would be lapping at Japanese shores Forget the great and grand strategies transmitted from Washington, pushpins on a map The turnaround in this war would begin with boots on the ground at Bougainville Marines depending on his photos in order to reach that beachhead If he didnt do the job, if he throttled and fled, someone else would have to come back and do it all over again He could not live with that Then another thought, creeping into his mind on cats paws A mans character is his fate He hadnt been much for philosophy back at M.I.T He was an engineer, a maker, a builder, with little use for pious pronouncements But he never forgot that line A mans character is his fate One of the Greeks Heraclitus He considered himself a man of character, a pilot of character He was the captain of a United States Army Air Force bomber crew, a leader of men Well, hed soon find out his fate Their fate The first wave of Zeros hit them from the front Through his port window he caught the bright yellow strobes of the twin 7.7 millimeter machine guns winking from the Zekes nose Then the larger red flare from one of its two 20 millimeter cannons flashed from the wing The sound of the shells like shotgun blasts fired into a bucket of sand as they smashed into his plane They were going for the bombers front bubble, blasting it with cannon fire But the bombardier Joe Sarnoski down in the Greenhouse was giving as good as he got, the red tracers from his twin.50 cals cutting bright curving arcs through the azure sky Joe nailed the lead Zero, sending it into a spin, and now the entire crew opened up, even Kendrick at the waist windows, finished with his photos Seventeen machine guns streaking the sky with evanescent streams of gray black smoke The old Fortress juddered and wheezed from their recoil The rumble reached the cockpit first from the nose and then converged on him from behind, up from the belly gun and down from the top turret Finally it growled through the fuselage from the tail gunners blister all the way to the flight deck It was the kind of noise you never forget, accompanied by the familiar odor, the smell of the fight, the grease and powder From the corner of his eye he saw Joe Sarnoski blast a second bogey, raking the Zeke from the engine cowling to the wing tanks, the enemy fighters aviation fuel erupting into orange flames that streaked to its tail It was as if the bombardier were plowing a highway The irony was not lost on JayJoe was his best friend and had insisted on coming along on this one last mission before cashing his golden ticket back to the States, his kit already packed back in his quarters Jay silently thanked God that he had just as another Zero hove into view in front of him He pressed the trigger button on his wheel that fired the special nose gun hed installed just for this purpose The bullets punctured the Zekes fuselage, and he watched the aircraft flame out, making certain that it spiraled into the Solomon Sea He was still craning his neck when the flash erupted in the cockpit There was the briefest effusion of colors And then everything went dark.A fast paced, well researched account of a B 17 bomberknown as Old 666its crew, and a courageous flight Drury and Clavin skillfully blend Old 666s flight into the larger picture of Pacific Theater warfare and give gripping accounts of combat flights The result is a story that history aficionados will find irresistible USA TodayThe authors deliver a great war story Kirkus ReviewsIn June 1943, Zeamer and Sarnoski volunteered for the heartbreaking impossible mission that forms the core of this remarkable account of friendship and bravery Authors Bob Drury and Tom Clavin not only tell the inspiring story of these two young airmen, they also provide a cogent, absorbing analysis of the air war in the Pacific Lucky 666 is highly recommended for WWII and aviation history buffs alike BookPageA vivid slice of war history that WWII buffs and anyone who admires true acts of heroism will find riveting BooklistAn entertaining popular history that will appeal to fans of adventure style World War II stories Library JournalWe think of World War II aviation as a supremely bureaucratized, controlled effort of men and planes But here is a tale of bomber pilotsmaybe the last untold story of that great warthat instead involved individual initiative and extraordinary courage Lucky 666 is a thrilling narrative about the ingenuity that 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