THE GESTURE (245 pp.)John Cobb Harper ($2.75).
Since the early part of 1943 a group of B-17s had been operating from an obscure village 50 miles northeast of London. "We were lucky. . . we only lost one-half of our crews in the first three months."
The men at the field felt they were fighting a force like a tidal wave. They didn't hate the Germans; they had never seen one. Nor were they defending their homes, like the R.A.F.
The men who came back often got drunk and stayed drunk until the next mission. When...