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by  Mark Pestana

(Mark was a 38 SRS pilot in the '80s)
Contact:  Bill Sargent
william488@cox.net or 402-592-6627
2711 Northwood Circle, Papillion,NE 68133

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SHIRTS all white with dual shield
MED-LG-XL-XXL        $35 + $10.45 postage
HATS - $12 + $5.45 postage
TIE - $25 (includes postage)
This beautiful jewelry pin is perfect for you special escort to wear at all 55th events.

Guardians Of Freedom Lithographs offered
 by George Back

    Brigadier General Regis Urschler commissioned the noted aviation artist Richard Wong to do this beauty. It depicts the P-51s and P-38 of the 55th Fighter Group and the "Gunfighter"
       -- Guarding our Freedom-
General Urschler has donated a limited number of these lithographs to the 55th Wing Association.

(unframed) lithograph $60 plus $8 P&H
(unframed) lithograph numbered and signed $100 plus $8 P&H
 George Back has donated prints of two of his paintings to the 55th Asasociation.
-- The first print (20:x15”) depicts the North Korean MIG attack on a 55SRW RB-47 in
April 1965. As most members know, George was an Electronic Earfare Officer on that historic Cold War sortie. The battle damaged RB-47 landed safely back at Yakota AB due to the supurb piloting of A/C Matt Mattison and the gunnery skills of CP Hank
The second print ( 26”x16”) depicts a montage of Combat Apple RC-135M memorabilia from the 82nd SRS during the Vietnam War era (1987-1974)

Either of these prints are available for $20 each (shipping included)

Bruce Bailey's Books Bill Grimes
The History of Big Safari
Robert S. Hopkins, III
Sam Pizzo's Book Wolf Samuel's Books Tommy Towery's Books

                                            Wolf Samuel's Books

Dear Friends and Aviators,   For $25 (a break even price for me which includes postage) I’ll mail an inscribed copy anywhere in the US. Send me an address and any special dedication you want me to include. Note: Although German Boy also came out as a paperback, I have only the hardback available.  (The paperback is available through Amazon or your local bookstore).

1.    GERMAN BOY – A boys story of survival during and after WWII in Germany; my personal story, introduced by Stephen Ambrose and reviewed by the NY Times.

2.    COMING TO COLORADO – the sequel to German Boy; reviewed by the Denver Post
3.    THE WAR OF OUR CHILDHOOD – German children telling their stories of survival and what they did with their lives in the postwar years; reviewed by the Washington Post.
4.    I ALWAYS WANTED TO FLY – The story of  America’s Cold War airmen (Berlin Airlift; Korea;  Strategic Reconnaissance RB-45C/RB=47E/H; Vietnam F-105/B-57/SA-2/ECM); reviewed by Booklist and Stephen Ambrose.
5.    AMERICAN RAIDERS – the untold story of how the Luftwaffe was disarmed, and how two Army Air Force Colonels,  Watson and Putt, transferred Germany’s advanced technologies and scientists to the US. In other words- how the B-47  and the F-86 got their wings swept back, among many other things. Reviewed by WWII History
6.    GLORY DAYS – by Schiffer Publishing
7.    WATSON’s WHIZZERS – Operation Lusty and the race for Nazi aviation technology
8.    IN DEFENSE OF FREEDOM -  The twenty-eight stories in this book serve as a graphic reminder of the selfless heroism of America's World War II Army Air Forces flyers and how necessary they were to achieve Allied victory. Wolfgang Samuel,  and the men he interviewed, reveal the peril they faced to achieve a daunting task, impossible without their bravery.  And their sacrifices were stunning.  American bomber crews suffered the highest casualties (KIA, MIA, POW, wounded)  of all American armed services in World War II. The stories preserved in this book bear that grave danger out. A member of a heavy bomber crew in the 8th Air Force in the period from mid-1942 to spring 1944 was less likely to survive than a  US Marine fighting on Iwo Jima or Okinawa.-  The stories in this unique book are about men who went face to face with their adversaries, who saw their buddies die, who crashed planes, and who became prisoners of war. Many later went  on to become the backbone of the postwar Air Force, serving in Korea and Vietnam during the Cold War years.- 
Young Ken Chilstrom led a flight of eight A-36 fighter bombers on a low-level foray in Italy. Only he and two others came  home. Bob Hoover thought he could take on the entire German air force, but on his first mission, encountering German Fw 190s, he was shot down, nearly perished, and suffered the remainder of the war in a prisoner-of-war camp.
Wolfgang Samuel's new book is all about men like Ken, Bob, and the many friends they lost, who saw World War II through to the end and gave freedom to so many others.

Note Feb 2013:  General Welsh selected 14 books for his "CSAF Reading List for 2013" and Wolf's I Always Wanted
 To Fly: America's Cold War Airman, made the cut.  What an honor for Wolf and a recognition of his work.  You can
 find the news at     

…….“I was asked to brief the AF Chief and AF Secretary on I Always Wanted to Fly.  It was a very pleasant meeting,
also attended by the Air Force Chief Historian.  The hard copy of I Always Wanted to Fly sold out some time ago, and
 I have gone to the publisher and asked them to get busy printing books.  The paperback version has always been one
of the more popular books at my book signings at the National Air and Space Museum downtown and at its
Udvar Hazy location near Dulles.  I feel indeed honored to have my book included on this list - the book is all about
courage and selfless sacrifice”……wolf

                                                                               TOMMY TOWERY

                   "We Were Crewdogs - The B-52 Collection"    (Vol. 1)
This book is a collection of stories told by 17 contributing authors who were former Crewdogs (crew members) in the US Air Force  B-52 Stratofortress.  Several of these contributors are well-known authors of their own books and lend their skills to this  collection.
Included are stories by a crew member of the first B-52 shot down over Hanoi during Linebacker II and the pilot of the
last B-52 shot down over Vietnam. The day-to-day life of Nuclear Alert is the subject of many tales. Not all are war stories. Some are humorous insights into personal recollections of things that happened, but have never before been told.  The book has a color cover and is 5.5" x 8.5" and is 197 pages and includes black and white aircraft and crew photos and  photos from alert tours and Guam and U-Tapao, the bases that were used to launch bombing missions, including
 Linebacker II strikes.  One chapter highlights the terms used by generations of B-52 Crewdogs.
Included in this book are six pages ready for you to record your own (or the former B-52 Crewdog you give this  to) personal information about your crew position, rank, units and bases assigned, aircraft flown, decorations, and other personal memories. It is offered in a fill in the blank style that will allow you to pass down to future generations your own experiences. It will make the perfect gift for any former B-52 crewmember.
"We Were Crewdogs II - More B-52 Crewdog Tales"
                                   (Vol. 2)
This book continues the saga of the everyday lives of B-52 Crewdogs. It is the second in the series and contains 58 new stories by 30 authors associated with the B-52 operations. Just released in October of 2006, it is a 5.5" x 8.5" color-covered softback book with 339 pages. It is 1/3 larger than "We Were Crewdogs - The B-52 Collection" and includes black and white photos along with the stories. Included is the story by an EW who was aboard a B-52 that was shot down over New Mexico by an Air National Guard F-100, a crewmember aboard a B-52 that had a mid-air with another B-52 on a Southeast Asian bombing mission, and a Crewdog who ejected from a Guam-launched BUFF into a typhoon and was rescued by a submarine.    A captivating look at what B-52 crews faced in the Cold War and during the Vietnam era. So many politicians and journalists - too many - like to look at military life from 35,000 feet, so they can judge it. These are the stories of the men who actually flew at 35,000 feet, and the harrowing adventures and down-to-earth humor they shared. A rare and valuable perspective. Bob Levey (Former Washington Post writer and radio host)
It is a 109 according to the Falcon Code (a copy of which is included in this collection).
This is a limited printed edition and not available in stores. Only a few copies will be available to people who did not contribute stories.
   "We Were Crewdogs III - Peace Was Our Profession"
                                           (Vol. 3)
Following in the success of the first two books, this new addition to the series is a collection of 44 new stories about life in the Strategic Air Command as a crewmember of a B-52 aircraft. Told by 44 authors, these stories give the real story of what it took to fly the BUFF.
      Volume III continues the saga of the everyday lives of B-52 Crewdogs. It is the third in the series and was released in November 2007. It is a 5.5" x 8.5" color-covered soft back book with 250 pages.
  For more information and order forms go to   http://www.wewerecrewdogs.com     also check out:  http://www.youtube.com/user/tommytowery

                              Bruce Bailey's Books

The Elite 
 -  the story of a unique class of Aviation cadets in the ‘50s. A total misfit begins his cadet days by knocking out an upper classman. His group is subjected to treatment no other class had to endure, as the upper class wants revenge.        www.publishamerica.com        Author – Bruce Bailey

As The Crow Flies   special RB-47 operations out of a Turkish base, involving a unique crew.  The ‘HOT’ missions of the Cold War are revealed as they dice with Soviet defenses.  It is filled with humor, excitement and suspense.
Xlibris.com/bookstore  & Booksurge.com   under author name of R. Adam Solo
Essential, But Expendable   operating from a secret underground base in the eastern desert of Turkey, a lone crewmember survives the destruction of his RB-57 deep inside theUSSR He joins a band of Kurds and fights the Russians from the Caspian Sea to Turkey, only to be imprisoned by his own government.
Xlibris.com/bookstore    under author name of R. Adam Solo
Rencounter - 
 a thrilling spy novel.  The intelligence organizations of China, the USSR and the U.S. clash over the secrets of a device that renders aircraft undetectable by normal means.  The battle takes place in California, aboard a cruise ship to Hawaii, in Honolulu, in Hong Kong, in Macao and finally in southern China.
Xlibris.com/bookstore    under author name of R. Adam Solo
Flying The RB-47  - over 200 funny tales and war stories involving RB-47 operations and 70+ photos.  Large 7x10 format (both paperback and hardcover).    Booksurge.com    author Bruce Bailey
Red-Headed & Wrong-Handed   growing up in Crystal Springs, MS and a military career, both hampered by having red hair, being left-handed and several other physical afflictions.  Over 200 funny tales and 70+ photos.  Avail in both soft and hard cover.    http://www.authorhouse.com/BookStore/SearchCatalog.aspx
Robert S. Hopkins, III  (click here)
The author is a former USAF pilot qualified on 17 types of KC-135s, EC-135s, and RC-135s, who bring both personal experience and a broad historical understanding to this definitive work on one the most significant military aircraft of the Cold War and beyond

 Boeing Kc-135  S tratotanker: More Than Just a Tanker
                 by Robert S. Hopkins IIIRobert Rostand
<<published 1998 - 
Fully revised and expanded 2017 edition of the original includes operational histories of the 80+ unique types, as well as individual details for all 820 airplanes by serial number including first flight, delivery, changes in configuration, attrition, and retirement.

The Boeing B-47 Stratojet: Strategic Air Command's Transitional Bomber 2017
by Robert Hopkins III (Author), Mike Habermehl (Author)

The B-47 was the aircraft upon which Strategic Air Command (SAC) based its capability pending the development and delivery of the B-52. First proposed during WWII as a high-speed piston-powered reconnaissance platform, the B-47 evolved into what would become the first swept-wing, medium jet bomber and SAC's most numerous operational aircraft. Given its pioneering role as a jet bomber and the ongoing evolution of SAC's mission and US national security, the B-47 had more than its share of teething problems.
Initial Boeing flight tests mixed triumph with tragedy, and demonstrated that an entirely new way of flying a large aircraft was required. Poor reliability in the bombing-navigation and fire-control systems undermined the effectiveness of early B-47Bs but were eventually overcome as the aircraft evolved to fill many different roles.
Used as reconnaissance, weather, testbed and radio relay platforms, one variant, the EB-47E BLUE CRADLE, also demonstrated its versatility as an electronic warfare jammer while the RB-47H, ERB-47H, and EB-47E(TT) undertook electronic intelligence and gathered telemetry associated with the Soviet ICBM program.

Spyflights and Overflights:
US Strategic Arial Reconnaissance 1945-1960 
by Robert Hopkins III

Few aviation subjects have been shrouded in more secrecy or been more controversial than Cold War aerial reconnaissance. Former reconnaissance pilot Robert S. Hopkins, III, offers new insights into strategic intelligence flights during the early years of the cold war. Primarily undertaken by RB-50s and RB-47s of the Strategic Air Command and by CIA U-2s, other Western nations such as Britain, Sweden, and Taiwan were equally committed to gathering intelligence about the Soviet Union and its allies, and conducted their own peripheral and overflight missions.
Hopkins challenges longstanding beliefs that the flights served to prevent war, curtailed needless defense spending, and were undertaken by rogue generals bent on starting World War III.
For the first time he shows the Soviet perspective on the flights, and makes a compelling case that reconnaissance flights did not have a sustained adverse effect on Soviet relations with the West.
Using newly-declassified materials, interviews with crews and policy makers, and his own experience flying strategic reconnaissance missions, Hopkins links the daily operations of courageous fliers with decisions by presidents and prime ministers that decided the outcome of the Cold War.

  SAAB Viggen - Aerofax  (click here)
                      by Robert S. Hopkins III - published 2008 
This is the first book available in English on the complete operational record of the Saab Viggen, illustrated with a wealth of previously unpublished photos. The Viggen (Swedish for Thunderbolt), a second-generation supersonic interceptor developed during the 1960s, features an unusual double-delta design and holds particular fascination for enthusiasts and modelers. Previous books on the Saab Viggen are either outdated or have been in languages inaccessible to readers who are limited to English. Packed with color and black & white photographs of the Viggen in action over the course of its 30-year history, this new book will be essential reading for general aviation enthusiasts and modelers

  October Kill  by Robert RostandRobert S. Hopkins III

Sam Pizzo's Book    
As Good As It Gets
Sam advises that he has sold 400 copies between members of the 55th SRWA, The Roadrunners, (Area 51 ... Blackbird) Association, and a few others he sold at meetings at which he has given a speech regarding his service with Uncle Sam.
He has a few books left, and continues to get calls for the book and states it's no big deal to reorder a few more from time to time.
He also states that the feedback from readers has been most gratifying and complimentary, with most stating how much it brought back long dormant pleasant memories.
If interested, forward a check for ten dollars ($10) to:

Sam Pizzo
218 Nottoway Dr. Mandeville, LA. 70471-1516         Phone: 985-845-7445


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