Sgt. Albert Preisser ~ Killed In Action 27 January 1945.
They were called "B-29ers" - the men of the 20th Air Force who brought the WWII Japanese Empire to its knees with the greatest bomber the world had ever seen. Through airpower alone, they quashed the will of a ruthless and fanatical enemy, bringing an early end to the war, and preempted the need for a bloody land invasion that would have cost up to one million American casualties - all with a bomber that didn't even exist a few short years prior.
Now, nearly 70 years after the end of the largest war in the history of mankind, the stories of those men who valiantly fought and died aboard the Boeing B-29 "Superfortress" bombers are quickly disappearing as the final chapter begins to close upon the Greatest Generation. Their stories have largely gone untold - until now. "For Mother and Country" embarks upon one young man's emotional journey discovering the lost WWII legacy of the Greatest Generation, and follows his solemn quest to ensure the B-29er's sacrifices are not forgotten.
"For Mother and Country" is a reminder of the sacrifices of yesterday that gave every American the freedoms of today, and honors those B-29ers who never returned home to the country they died to preserve. These are their stories.
Sgt. Preisser's B-29 "Haley's Comet" - 497th Bomb Group, 73rd Bomb Wing - shortly before it was lost with nine of its crew over Japan.
Learn more about the new book "For Mother and Country - a B-29er's War"
"The Life and Death of the Boeing B-29 Superfortress"
A YouTube video special by Trevor McIntyre.
Click here to see more of Trevor's videos about the B-29 and Warbirds.
Listen to the audio recording of an actual B-29 mission over Japan.
In the news
The incredible story of Trevor McIntyre reuniting a WWII B-29 veteran with the 150 "lost" letters he wrote home to his parents nearly 70 years ago:
11Alive News - A veteran's letters get returned...66 years later
USA Today - Special delivery returns WWII-era letters to vet
Air Force Times - Vetís letters, sold on eBay, return to author
9News - Vet reunited with letters he wrote during WWII
News Center 23 - Letters From The Past
We are happy to report that the work on "Mother and Country" is now down to the final chapters and the book will be published in 2015!
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