Truth Flies with Fiction

by Dale J. Satterthwaite



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 3/7/2014

Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 344
ISBN : 9781480804852
Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 344
ISBN : 9781480804845
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 344
ISBN : 9781480804869

About the Book

During World War II, author Dale J. Satterthwaite was a B-25 pilot who flew more than seventy missions over Italy and France in 1944. Truth Flies with Fiction, his memoir, presents a truthful, firsthand account of the missions and adventures of the real Catch-22 airmen.

A personal tale full of humor and tragedy, this memoir provides insight into the life of a B-25 bomber pilot, as well as the experience of being part of an elite and highly decorated bomb group. Satterthwaite was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross twice, the Presidential Unit Citations twice, and the Air Metal eight times.

Told through journal entries and letters written home to Satterthwaite’s fiancée, Eleanor, Truth Flies with Fiction includes dozens of photos showing the airplanes in action, including the aftermath of the Vesuvius eruption that destroyed eight-eight airplanes at the Pompeii airbase. With a unique perspective, this firsthand account explains the equipment, missions, and tactics of World War II airmen and brings their experiences to life.

About the Author

Dale J. Satterthwaite was a pilot with the 340th Bomb Group made famous by the novel Catch 22. He led as many as seventy-two B-25s on missions against Axis targets. While garnering two Distinguished Flying Crosses and two Presidential Unit Citations, he also explored Italy and the Middle East on off-duty flights.