Kids Library Home

Welcome to the Kids' Library!

Search for books, movies, music, magazines, and more.

Available items only
Print Material
Author Pappalardo, Joe, author.

Title Inferno : the true story of a B-17 gunner's heroism and the bloodiest military campaign in aviation history / Joe Pappalardo.

Publication Info. New York, NY : St. Martin's Press, an imprint of St. Martin's Publishing Group, 2020.


Location Call No. OPAC Message Status
 Axe 2nd Floor Stacks  940.544973 Sm62Bp 2020    New Books Axe 1st Floor  Available
1 copy being processed for Axe Acquisitions Order.
Edition First edition.
Description vi, 343 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), map, portraits ; 25 cm
text txt rdacontent
still image sti rdacontent
cartographic image cri rdacontent
unmediated n rdamedia
volume nc rdacarrier
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Introduction: Ghost in the memorabilia -- Hokie goes to war -- May 1, 1943 -- Missions and medal -- Deflection shots -- Postwar dream.
Summary "Joe Pappalardo's Inferno tells the true story of the men who flew the deadliest missions of World War II, and an unlikely hero who received the Medal of Honor in the midst of the bloodiest military campaign in aviation history. There's no higher accolade in the U.S. military than the Medal of Honor, and 472 people received it for their action during World War II. But only one was demoted right after: Maynard Harrison Smith. Smith is one of the most unlikely heroes of the war, where he served in B-17s during the early days of the bombing of France and Germany from England. From his juvenile delinquent past in Michigan, through the war and during the decades after, Smith's life seemed to be a series of very public missteps. The other airmen took to calling the 5-foot, 5-inch airman "Snuffy" after an unappealing movie character. This is also the man who, on a tragically mishandled mission over France on May 1, 1943, single-handedly saved the crewman in his stricken B-17. With every other gunner injured or bailed out, Smith stood alone in the fuselage of a shattered, nameless bomber and fought fires, treated wounded crew and fought off fighters. His ordeal is part of a forgotten mission that aircrews came to call the May Day Massacre. The skies over Europe in 1943 were a charnel house for U.S. pilots, who were being led by tacticians surprised by the brutal effectiveness of German defenses. By May 1943 the combat losses among bomb crews were a staggering 40 to 50 percent. The backdrop of Smith's story intersects with some of the luminaries of aviation history, including Curtis Lemay, Ira Eaker and "Hap" Arnold, during critical times of their storied careers. Inferno also examines Smith's life in a new, comprehensive light, through the use of exclusive interviews of those who knew him (including fellow MOH recipients and family) as well as public and archival records. This is both a thrilling and horrifying story of the air war over Europe during WWII and a fascinating look at one of America's forgotten heroes"-- Provided by publisher.
Subject Smith, Maynard H.
United States. Army Air Forces. Bombardment Group, 306th -- Aerial gunners -- Biography.
United States. Army Air Forces. Air Force, 8th -- Biography.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Regimental histories -- United States.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Aerial operations, American.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Campaigns -- Western Front.
Medal of Honor -- Biography.
Smith, Maynard H. (OCoLC)fst00157096
United States. Army Air Forces. Air Force, 8th. (OCoLC)fst00534301
United States. Army Air Forces. Bombardment Group, 306th. (OCoLC)fst00571086
Armed Forces -- Aerial gunners. (OCoLC)fst01351727
Medal of Honor. (OCoLC)fst01013527
Military campaigns. (OCoLC)fst01710190
Military operations, Aerial -- American. (OCoLC)fst01710199
Regimental histories. (OCoLC)fst01354209
United States. (OCoLC)fst01204155
Western Front (World War (1939-1945)) (OCoLC)fst01900004
World War (1939-1945) (OCoLC)fst01180924
Chronological Term 1939-1945
Genre/Form Illustrated works. (OCoLC)fst01423873
Biographies. (OCoLC)fst01919896
Illustrated works.
Added Title True story of a B-17 gunner's heroism and the bloodiest military campaign in aviation history
ISBN 9781250264237 hardcover
1250264235 hardcover
9781250264237 electronic book
Standard No. 40030288466

Available items only