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By Homer K. Buerlein
Edited and compiled by his elder son, Robert A. Buerlein
Published by Hailer Publications

	The B-26 Martin Marauder Medium Bomber was known as a “hot ship” – 
fast and difficult to fly. This is the story of flying this aircraft on 58 
bomb missions in the ETO -- and daily life in between --  throughout the 
critical year of the war, 1944.
	Buerlein flew with the 391st Bomb Group of the Ninth Air Force out 
of England and, after D-Day, out of France. Shot down at the Battle of the 
Bulge on 23 Dec 44,  he was taken P.O.W., so the book also details, with 
photos, illustrations,  and text, P.O.W. life for the following 4 ˝ months.
	The book is richly illustrated, with over 235 photos and 
illustrations, including many shots of B-26’s in action and on the ground, 
including noseart. The format is 8 ˝” X 11”, with 277 pages.

	Here are three book reviews:

	Through this book, I became in Buerlein’s career, and the 
	comprehensive manner in which the diary, side-notes,
	photographs, exhibits, etc. were all put together. The book
	has the quality of intimacy, in the sense that this is not 
	simply a case of a record of achievement – though this is
	there, of course – but a record of what the wartime flying 
	and the P.O.W. experience were really like, right down to
	the sawdust bread in Stalag Luft I.
					Ronald E.G. Davies
					Aviation Historian, Author and 

	This is a very interesting book, and I think it is remarkable
	that Hank Buerlein took notes and so many of them. He had
	a real knack for writing about his observations, which were
	very keen. The context of the accounts are very well written, 
	and I was interested in reading the happenings as they were
	listed. It is a very good chronicle of the events of that period.
	Of particular interest are his notes describing his parachuting 
	after being shot down on December 23, 1944 during the Battle
	of the Bulge; his capture; being sent to Stalag Luft I (German
	Prison Camp); and his accounts of the days he spent there
	until his release at the end of the war in May 1945. There are
	not many accounts by Prisoners of War about their German
	prison camp life. It concerns a lot of information that none
	of us have ever read.
	This is recommended reading for all of us who were there and
	those who were not. I gladly endorse this book.
					Colonel Hugh Walker, USAF (Ret.)
					391st Bomb Group Historian
	The writing quality of Buerlein’s diary is remarkable, especially
	given the circumstances under which he wrote. I couldn’t put
	it down.
	The photos are great and really enhance the personal feel,	
	which is a large aspect of the diary, itself. All of the background 
	notes, illustrations and text from others, such as Vandenberg 
	and Rundstedt, help set the stage and make this a highly
	readable book, even for those unfamiliar with World War II. 
	I like the numbered bombs designating each of the 58 bomb-
	mission diary entries.
	This book gives the reader an intimate, personal perspective 
	meshed seamlessly with the broader story of the ETO. It is
	captivating from the beginning to end – a great work of history.
	It was good of the son to realize the value of preserving his
	Dad’s experiences for future generations. I am sure this book
	will be widely read. Thanks to Buerlein for sharing his story
	with all of us.
						Paul C. Parrish, Reviewer
						Son of a WWII Aviator

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