A Young Man’s Letters from World War II: "More than Becoming by Lt. Robert E. Langenfeld

By Lt. Robert E. Langenfeld

this can be the tale of the making of a soldier. it's the tale of an everyman, his fight for self-identity and integrity in a global at conflict. a tender Man's Letters from international struggle II, a clean and compelling addition to the trove of firsthand money owed of lifestyles in wartime, comprises over two hundred letters written by way of a pilot-in-training to his mom and dad again domestic in small-town center the US. starting with the 1st letter, dated January 31, 1943, the correspondence bargains an genuine, own perception into how the military Air strength used to be in a position to create expert airmen and install the biggest air armada of all time in a comparatively brief interval. even as, it mirrors one guy s improvement from a possessor of his personal self-described inferiority advanced to an officer top males into conflict. It originates with Langenfeld, a personal, becoming a member of 7,000 males in simple education at Jefferson Barracks, Missouri, with the entire universal drudgery identified to the newly minted fighter: drilling, sore toes, and lectures on intercourse hygiene. We watch as he undergoes a challenging routine of guide: mornings packed with drills and routines, afternoons with math and physics. We see him evolve from the rookie flying simple running shoes over the cornfields of Illinois, graduate to the extra challenging two-engine planes within the hill nation of Texas, and turn into the lieutenant commanding his B-24 on missions throughout the darkish, flak-filled skies of Germany. This enticing number of fundamental resource fabric bargains nice element, humor, and belief. a tender Man's Letters from international warfare II meticulously chronicles the daily reviews of the making of a soldier, a pilot, and a man.

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