Back from 44 – The Sacrifice and Courage of a Few. A B-26 crew struggle to return back to base in a severely crippled plane. The story is fiction based on a real person and events. The main character’s 44th mission is described with flashbacks to his enlistment in the U.S. Army Air Force to joining the 320th Bomb Group at their Sardinia, Italy air base. He recalls the memories of basic training, advanced flight engineer training, gunnery school, saying goodbye to a new wife, and travel across the Atlantic to Sardinia. Mission experiences are highlighted in the Mediterranean and European Theaters of Operations. Missions were not always “Milk Runs”; they included enemy flak, German fighter attacks and the emotional impact of losing close friends.
About the Author
Nick Cressy retired from the US Army as a full Colonel in December 2012 and enjoys World War II history, biking, and traveling locally (in Colorado) to enjoy the scenery and culture. He has undergraduate and graduate degrees in business management. Foreign countries visited during his lifetime include Canada, Mexico, France, Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. His military background began as an enlisted member of the U.S. Air Force trained in aircraft weapons and munitions loading from 1971 to 1975, briefly serving in the Michigan Air National Guard from 1977 to 1978. He received a direct commission in the U.S. Army (Reserve) Medical Service Corps serving from 1991 to his retirement in 2012. During his career, assignments included service in the states of Michigan, North Dakota, Colorado, Texas, Virginia and Hawaii. Military overseas assignments included Vietnam, Thailand, Philippines, Bahrain, Kuwait and Afghanistan.