Books: Heroes

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...

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