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Liberando: Reflections of a Reluctant Warrior

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Reflections of a Reluctant Warrior
  • by John E. Horn
    • Merriam Press World War 2 Memoir Series
      • First Edition 2016
      • 180 6x9-inch pages
      • 31 photos, illustrations, maps
John H. Horn’s wartime experiences as a B-24 pilot in the famous “Liberandos” bomb group, the 376th, are recounted in this work by his son, John E. Horn.

John H. Horn was one of millions in World War II who did their jobs. He was mighty lucky and blessed to have come home unscathed. Most of the real learning about air combat was on the job. Military schools and training don’t really produce combat-ready men and women. They produce attitudes as well as thinking and re-acting skills. Actual combat is the real teacher. John was forever grateful to his crew and the leaders of the 376th Bomb Group who suffered his inexperience and naiveté. Without their patience, he would not have developed into a competent, safe, and living combat pilot.

The author stated, "Writing Liberando was a labor of love and respect for my dad and an attempt to provide an understanding to his family, now and in the future, of what Dad’s part was in keeping the world safe for them. Writing his war story was an incredible learning experience about memory, research, documentation, and, frankly, the amount of information available to anyone with a modicum of interest in their family’s military experiences.

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