An award-winning novel of extraordinary bravery, inspired by the true story of one of the most harrowing air raids ever flown. Fans of Beneath A Scarlet Sky, The Nightingale, and Unbroken will enjoy this unforgettable tale of duty, honor, and compassion.
"...a bravura performance..." -Dwight Jon Zimmerman, New York Times bestselling author
For B-24 bomber pilot Al Lycoming, the mission was history in the making. For Women's Airforce Service Pilot Vivian Wright, it was a chance to put her skills to the ultimate test...and share in the burden of combat.
Dispatched to Benghazi on mysterious orders, Al Lycoming finds nearly 200 other B-24 bombers being assembled...and a top secret assignment that will catapult them all into seemingly impenetrable Nazi defenses.
Their mission: a daring low-level attack on Hitler's extensive oil refineries.
But when his co-pilot falls ill at the last moment, Al secretly finds help from an unlikely source-Vivian.
Together, the two fly towards dark skies filled with enemy flak and fighters...and into the pages of history.
With perspectives from American and German pilots alike, When Heroes Flew masterfully weaves together one of the most dangerous and incredible aerial operations of World War Two with a riveting tale of bravery, suspense, and self-sacrifice.
About the Author
H. W. Buzz Bernard is a best-selling, award-winning novelist. A retired Air Force Colonel and Legion of Merit recipient, he also served as a senior meteorologist at The Weather Channel for thirteen years. He is a past president of the Southeastern Writers Association and member of International Thriller Writers, the Atlanta Writers Club, Military Writers Society of America, and Willamette Writers. Buzz and his wife, Christina, live in Georgia with their fuzzy, strangely docile Shih-Tzu, Stormy... probably misnamed.
"Highly recommended." --P.T. Deutermann, author of Pacific Glory, winner of the annual W.Y. Boyd award for best military fiction
"Strap in! It's one hell of a ride!" --Don Keith, award-winning and bestselling author of Final Bearing
"World War II angst and action brought to life." --Commander George Wallace, USN (Ret.), author of the Hunter Killer series
"...feel the vibration, smell the exhaust, and sense the fear." --Tom Young, author of Silver Wings, Iron Cross
"...a bravura performance to the canon of World War II literature. Well done!" --Dwight Jon Zimmerman, New York Times bestselling author
"...chuckle and weep in tandem while forgetting everything around you but the story itself." --Kathleen M. Rodgers, 2019 MWSA Writer of the Year Finalist and author of The Flying Cutterbucks
"[The pilot's]...amazing courage, and that of the entire group, is subtly drawn. Five medals of honor were actually awarded that day for that one raid. Sitting in the cockpit with Al Lycoming will tell you why." --John J. Gobbell, author of the Todd Ingram series