To Kingdom Come

To Kingdom Come

An Epic Saga of Survival in the Air War Over Germany

Additional Formats
  • Paperback
  • ISBN 9780451235756
  • 400 Pages
  • NAL
  • Adult


On September 6, 1943, three hundred and thirtyeight B-17 "Flying Fortresses" of the American Eighth Air Force took off from England, bound for Stuttgart, Germany, to bomb Nazi weapons factories.

Dense clouds obscured the targets, and one commander’s critical decision to circle three times through heavy fire would prove disastrous. Forty-five planes went down that day, and hundreds of men were lost or missing.

Sharing the first-person accounts of six of the B-17 airmen, award- winning author Robert J. Mrazek vividly re-creates the fierce air battle-and reveals the astonishing valor of the airmen who survived being shot down, and the tragic fate of those who did not.


“With power and passion, Robert J. Mrazek tells the story of one of the most calamitous American bombing missions of World War II….Mrazek writes about the ill-fated Stuttgart Raid as though he had gone into the heart of the Reich with the audacious American bomber crews…a great book with ‘hold on to your seat’ suspense.”
-Donald L. Miller, author of Masters of the Air: America’s Bomber Boys Who Fought the Air War Against Nazi Germany

“Mrazek has uncovered the moment of profound exigency for the bomber crews, when the course and consequence of the air war converged and rendered it in vivid clarity.”
-Hugh Ambrose, New York Times bestselling author of The Pacific

“[A] work of cinematic sweep and pace.”
-Richard Frank, author of Downfall and Guadalcanal

“Through superb historical research and powerful narrative writing, the author brings back to life a pivotal, heartbreaking episode.”
-Tami Biddle, Professor, U.S. Army War College, and author of Rhetoric and Reality in Air Warfare
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