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Crew One: A World War II Memoir of Patrol Bombing Squadron VPB-108

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Crew One: A World War II Memoir of Patrol Bombing Squadron VPB-108
  • by Dennis Scranton
    • A Merriam Press World War II Memoir
      • Third Edition 2020
      • 238 6x9-inch pages
      • 38 B&W photos
      • 1 map
  • Paperback Edition
  • ISBN 978-1-716-37597-2
Memoir by a radar operator/gunner aboard a PB4Y-2 Privateer of VPB-108 in the Pacific, stationed at Hawaii, Kwajalein, Truk, Tinian, Peleliu, and Iwo Jima, flying missions as far as the Japanese home islands. 
  • Introduction
  • Aircrewman’s Creed
  • Foreword
  • Acknowledgments
  • Dedication
  • Pearl Harbor
  • Back in School Again
  • Another School
  • Fun for a Change
  • Flying at Last
  • PB4Y-1s
  • VPB-108
  • Acceptance
  • The “Privateer”
  • Crow’s Landing
  • Training
  • TransPac
  • Party Time
  • Kaneohe
  • Honolulu and the Bird Farm
  • Thieves?
  • Peleliu
  • Tinian
  • Getting to Work
  • Tinian Routine
  • Photo Business
  • In Retrospect
  • Other Crews
  • Lost Crew
  • Flying with Big John
  • Pappy
  • Tenaga Shima
  • Press Release
  • Crew Shot Down
  • Radar
  • Moving Up
  • Russia
  • Marcus Island
  • Marcus Aftermath
  • War is Over
  • Medal Time
  • Hitchhikers
  • Shipboard Life
  • Epilogue

Best book I have ever read on naval air crews in the Pacific Theater. Very accurate in every detail when compared to official records of Squadron VPB-108 and the heroic crews who gave all and some who made the ultimate sacrifice. The replacement of the bomb sight with forward firing twin 20 milimeter cannons on the PB4Y-2 while in combat on Pelilieu and Tinian was an engineering feat not possible in today's Navy. The first Navy Patrol Squadron to use napalm against enemy ship and shore installations. Why a movie has not been made about this book is beyond comprehension. The daring raids at sometimes less than 25 feet altitude made fighter planes out of a B-24 bomber converted for Navy use. I picked the book up and finished it the first time without setting it down. A must read A+++++.
—Michael Turner

Great story. Another one of those parts of WWII history that I knew little about, a lack now at least somewhat remedied. I highly recommend this.
D. Hughes

I really liked this. It isn't wall-to-wall action, but one man's story of his experiences as a Privateer crew member. Definitely a good read and worthy of having!
Dave B.

Excellent book. Just what I'm looking for in personal accounts of WWII and how it affected ordinary citizens.

This is a truly great book to show the realities of air combat and the considerable "down time" during a war. You wind up knowing the crew rather well. It is the only WWII book that I have ever read that tells the story like it happened including the oddball use of spare time. What they call "a good read."
Will Lover

This is another long overdue book on an aircraft people didn't even know existed. A very good read.
—Dick Helling

I wasn't sure what to expect, but this book was far beyond anything I was expecting. A little history: My father flew with VB/VPB 109 during this same time frame, but was killed in a crash test flying a Neptune when I was way too young to know much of his time during the war or to ask those questions I wished I could have. Crew One gave me great insight on the crew make up and workings which gave me a much greater idea what it was like during their tours in the South Pacific. Thank you, Dennis, for this book, I thoroughly enjoyed it, and couldn't put it down. I thought it was a very good read.
John Frog

The books arrived today. I'm real pleased, happy and nostalgic with your inking of them! I also note the size change from the original and like that, too. Fits better in a standard (if there is such a thing) bookcase. Should have ordered more cause already I can think of several other people I'd like to have a copy.
—Al Jeanguenat (Al was a member of the author's unit)

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