Books, CDs, and Videos

Listed below are a number of books, CD's, and videos that contain information about the 398th, B-17s or the Army Air Force in WWII. There are two listings.

In the first list, the publications all contain some information about the 398th. Some of the books in this list are by 398th veterans and others by 398th relatives. Some of the authors have provided links to their web sites or e-mail accounts.

The second list contains publications relating to the Army Air Force and/or B-17s but have no specific mention of the 398th. Note some publications may be out of print.

 


List 1: Books, CDs, Publications and Videos containing 398th Information
(alphabetically by author/publication)
Cover Title Author/Publisher Comments Contact Info
Dedication DVD Cover Return to Station 131 Memorial Dedication June 2000 DVD 398th Bomb Group Memorial Association Publication Available in the 398th PX.
Statistical History of 398th B.G. CD 398th Bomb Group Memorial Association Publication A two CD 398th compilation of thousands of scans of day-to-day records of the 398th Bomb Group during 1944-1945. The information was provided through a cooperative effort with the U.S. Air Force Historical Research Agency (AFHRA). Previously this information was only available on numerous microfilm reels. Not available at this time.
Heavy Bombers of the Mighty Eighth Andrews & Adams, 8th Air Force Memorial Museum Foundation
A Diary of the First Combat Wing on CD-ROM Gordon Alton This is a comprehensive report of the three bomb groups (91st, and 381st, and 398th) from their start in '43 until the end of hostilities. In a note from Gordon, he says "I will be glad to send out a copy of my CD to anyone who is interested. I charge $10 for the total package, including shipping. All of the money collected goes into an account that helps with research or worthwhile 8th AF projects. I do all I can to keep the memories alive." Gordon Alton
B-17 Flying Fortress B-17 Flying Fortress
The History of the 398th Bombardment Group (H) Lt. Colonel Earl J. Berryhill, Army Air Corps, Deputy Commandant of Troops, Newsfoto Publishing Co., 1945 The original was leather bound. The original was only sent to those who were with the 398th at the end of 1945 in Florida before it was decommissioned. The names are listed at the end of the book. Photo Copy now available in the 398th PX.
Fortresses Of the Big Triangle First Cliff Bishop, East Anglia Books History of aircraft in the 8th Air Force's 1st Bomb Wing, July 1942 through March 1944. East Anglia Books
Book: Fortresses Over Nuthamsptead Fortresses over Nuthampstead - click for further information Cliff Bishop, East Anglia Books This 271 page book, published in late 2004 is focused on the 398th Bomb Group from 1943-1945. Included are missions flown, photos of aircraft, maps and diagrams.

Available in the 398th PX.

Also via East Anglia Books.

Losses of the US 8th and 9th Air Forces - Volume 3 Losses of the US 8th and 9th Air Forces - Volume 3 Stan D. Bishop and John A. Hey MBE Volume 3 covers the ETO from April - June 1944. The 398th began missions in May 1944. A listing of 398th losses by date are shown in our 398th Missing Air Crew Reports. Information about purchase can be found at: Losses of the US 8th and 9th Air Forces
Castles in the Air Martin Bowman and Patrick Stevens
Royston a Town at War CAM Productions & ExposureTV A two-DVD set with the 8th AAF section taking all of disc two, the 398th segment running for approx 20 minutes. See Royston a Town at War.
B-17 Nose Art Gallery John & Donna Campbell, Motor Books Out of print
Bird of Prey: Alone But Together Marvin Coffee, Publisher: Authorhouse, ISBN: 1425980007, EAN: 9781425980009 Mr. M.W. Coffee was a 398th Bomb Group pilot and member of the 602nd Squadron.  
Flight of the Kentucky Colonel Hollis Dalton (deceased) Mr. Dalton is a 398th Veteran.
8th Air Force Remembered Fox, ISO Publications Shows the memorials at the bases, and some old photos. Could be out of print.
World War Odyssey, Pennsylvania Dutch Farm Boy Becomes 8th Air Force Navigator Bill Frankhouser, Noyes Publications, ISBN: 1-883912-03-2, and L. of C. Number 97-71215

The book begins on a farm in 1941 and graduation from high school. Next is an enlistment at Penn State as a Cadet in the Army Air Corps. Highlights of his training follows. The 30 missions flown in the 398th Bomb Group are discussed individually, including survival of three aircraft crashes. The book finishes with an assessment of the effectiveness of the German bombing campaign in shortening the war, and a recent investigation of the murders of his crewmates in Germany.

Mr. Frankhouser, a 398th Veteran has also contributed a number of chapters from his book to our 398th Veteran's WWII Personal Histories page.

Contact the 398th PX for availability and also William Frankhouser at 26 Jackson Drive, Elizabethtown, PA 17022-3139.  
Airfields of the Eighth Then & Now Roger Freeman, After the Battle Publications
B-17 at War Roger Freeman; Ian Allen Publications in UK Out of print
The Mighty Eighth: A History of the Units, Men and Machines of the US 8th Air Force Roger Freeman, Janes/Cassell Publications Roger Freeman is a pre-eminent authority on the 8th Air Force, any of his books are worth reading, Mighty 8th, Mighty Eighth War Diary, Mighty Eighth Manual are a must [GR].
The Mighty Eighth War Diary Roger Freeman, Janes/Cassell Publications
The Mighty Eighth War Manual Roger Freeman, Janes/Cassell Publications
The Mighty Eighth: The Coloured Record, Roger Freeman, Arms & Armour Press Roger Freeman, Arms & Armour Press
Mighty Eighth War Paint & Heraldry Roger Freeman, Arms & Armour Press
Mission Memories Book Mission Memories DJ "Red" Ibeling DJ "Red" Ibeling was a radio operator in the 398th BG, 602nd Squadron. Book available in the 398th PX
Last Mission CD Cover The Last Mission - Audio CD Harry Mazer, Laurel Leaf Books Harry Mazer was a waist gunner in the 398th BG, 602nd Squadron. Not available at this time.
Not Home For Christmas Book Cover Not Home For Christmas: A Day in the Life of the Mighty Eighth John Meurs, Quail Ridge Press When author John Meurs was a nine-year-old schoolboy living in Nazi-occupied Holland, an American B-17 bomber crashed behind his house near the village of Apeldoorn. The date was Sunday, November 26, 1944, Meurs always wanted to know more about what happened in the air that Thanksgiving Sunday. So, more than sixty years later he started researching the B-17. He quickly found that the bomber was part of the 8th Air Force Air Combat Command. Meurs findings intrigued him and after discovering many interesting facts, Meurs focused his research on the 34 heavy bombers of the Mighty Eighth that were lost on that day. He collected the personal stories of veterans who lived through it, families of veterans lost, and witnesses of the crashes. These first-hand recollections, captured in this book, provide a compelling and terrifying account of the reality of war. Thanks to the noble men of the Mighty Eighth who would not be home for Christmas in 1944 and their comrades in arms, many people the world over now live in peace and freedom. NOTE: Chapter 3 is the story of 398th BG's Benjamin Rolfe crew (601st SQ). Chapter 4; the Gene Douglas / Charles Zimmer crew (600th SQ) and Chapter 5; the Kermit Pope crew (600th SQ)

Available from Quail Ridge Press

The War Years L.F.Miller, published Seattle, Washington by Vanguard Press, 1992 L.F.Miller was the Radio/Gunner in the Ted Johnson 600th squadron crew, Copies can be obtained directly from L.F.Miller
Remembrances Book Cover 398th Bomb Group Remembrances Allen Ostrom, Seattle, Washington by Vanguard Press, Library of Congress Catalog Card Number: 89-50736, 1989 Mr. Ostrom was the 398th Memorial Association FLAK NEWS Editor for many years. Photo Copy available in the 398th PX
FLAK NEWS Flash Drive Allen Ostrom, 398th Bomb Group Memorial Association Publication The FLAK NEWS is the Quarterly Publication of the 398th Bomb Group Memorial Association. Back issues from 1986-2012 have been scanned and are available on this Flash Drive. Available in the 398th PX.
Pappy's War, A B-17 Gunner's World War II Memoir John "Pappy" Paris Mr. Paris, a 398th Veteran has contributed a chapter from his book to our 398th Veteran's WWII Personal Histories Section.

Merriam Press

Three Gold Stars R.J. Rosamilia, eBookstand, Library of Congress Catalogue card number: TXU 452-532 A book that includes the story of a 398th crew that was lost on March 14, 1945 on their 13th mission. The co-pilot was William Lewandowski; he was one of three brothers from the Lewandowski family of Lyndhurst, New Jersey killed in World War Two. eBookstand; then use search command and name of book: Three Gold Stars
8th Air Force Story Ken Rust, Historical Aviation Album Out of print
B-17 in Action Squadron Signal Publications
HELL FROM HEAVEN Leonard Streitfeld, Hammonton, New Jersey. Library of Congress Catalogue card number: 94-092215. Mr. Streitfeld, a 398th Veteran has also contributed a number of chapters from his book to our398th Veteran's WWII Personal Histories page. Available through HELL FROM HEAVEN
Flying Blind M.C. (Buddy) Wagner, Jr., ISBN: 9781410710086 Mr. M.C. Wagner, Jr. was a 398th Captain and former 603rd Squadron Flight Commander and 603rd Squadron Operations during late 1943 until August 1944. The book covers the period from his Air Cadet Training, through the initial formation of the 398th in Blythe, to Rapid City, to Nuthampstead to his return to the USA after his capture and escape after bailing out on 8 August 1944. Available at Amazon, AuthorHouse (Free Flying Blind Preview) and a many of other book distributors (try Search Engine with title and author)
The Youngest Crew Paul Wagner, Lagumo Press, Cheyenne, WY, 1997, ISBN 1-878117-18-1. Mr. Paul Wagner, a 398th Veteran has also contributed a number of chapters from his book to our 398th Veteran's WWII Personal Histories page. The book is now in it's 4th printing and is again available. Available via Paul Wagner.
Book: Last of the Combat B-17 Drivers The Last of the Combat B-17 Drivers (Weekley) - click for further information Colonel Harold D. Weekley, USAF (Ret.) and James B. Zazas, Atlas Books, 2007

Softback ISBN: 978-0-9785980-0-6, Hardback ISBN: 978-0-9785980-1-3, Library of Congress Catalog No. 2006926673
Mr. H.D. Weekley was a 398th Bomb Group pilot and member of the 601st Squadron.

Also via Atlas Books Bookstore (enter search term: Weekley), 30 Amberwood Pkwy, PO Box 388, Ashland, OH 44805, 1-800-247-6553.

Jack's Book's CD Jack Wintersteen, 398th Bomb Group Memorial Association Publication A compilation of various contributions by the former 398th Group Historian, Jack Wintersteen. Not available at this time.
8th Air Force Album John Woolnough, 8th Air Force News
8th Air Force Year Book John Woonough, 8th Air Force News


List 2: Other Books, CDs, Publications and Videos about the Army Air Force and/or B-17s
(alphabetically by author/publication)
  Title Author/Publisher Comments Contact Info
USAAF Handbook 1939-1945 Bowman, Sutton Publishing
Air Command, Fighters & Bombers of WW2 Ethell, Lowe & Hould Publishers All color pics from somewhere in England, Lande, Airlife
B-17 Flying Fortress FlyPast Publications, Special Edition
The Friendly Invasion Roger Freeman, East Anglia Tourist Board / Terance Dalton
B-17 Remembered Harris, Museum of Flight Seattle
Flying Fortress Jablonsky, Doubleday Out of print
Little Friends Kaplan & Saunders, Random House
One Last Look Kaplan & Smith, Abbeville This is a great book, lots of color pictures [GR].
Final Cut - B-17 The Survivors Thompson, Pictorial Histories Publishing Co
Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress Pilot Training Films Zeno's Flight Shop B-17 Training Films and Manuals available on DVDs Zeno's War Birds Video (this link for B-17 Training DVD)