To Kingdom Come

To Kingdom Come

An Epic Saga of Survival in the Air War Over Germany

Written by:

Additional Formats
  • Ebook
  • ISBN 9781101475928
  • 400 Pages
  • NAL
  • Adult


The breathtaking, never-before-told, true story of a historic air- force bombing mission in 1943 Germany.

On September 6, 1943, three hundred and thirty-eight 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 over the city-and its deadly flak-would prove disastrous. Forty-five planes went down that day, and hundreds of men were lost or missing.

Focusing on first-person accounts of six of the B-17 airmen, award- winning author Robert 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