Lucky 666: The Impossible Mission

Lucky 666: The Impossible Mission

Synopsis

“A fast-paced, well-researched…irresistible” (USA TODAY) World War II aviation account of friendship, heroism, and sacrifice that reads like Unbroken meets The Dirty Dozen from the authors of the #1 New York Times bestselling The Heart of Everything That Is.

It’s 1942, just after the blow to Pearl Harbor and the Japanese invasion of the Philippines, and the United States is reeling. A group of raw US Army Airmen travels to the embattled American Air Base of Port Moresby at Papua, New Guinea. Their mission: to protect Australia, to disrupt the Japanese supply lines, and to fly perilous reconnaissance runs over the enemy-held strongholds. Among the men are pilot Captain Jay Zeamer and bombardier Sergeant Raymond Joseph “Joe” Sarnoski, a pair of swashbuckling screw-ups whose antics prevent them from being assigned to a regular bombing crew. Instead, they rebuild a broken-down B-17 bomber from spare parts and christen the plane Old 666.

One day in June 1943, a request is circulated: volunteers are needed for a reconnaissance flight into the heart of the Japanese empire. Zeamer and Sarnoski see it as a shot at redemption and cobble together a crew and depart in Old 666 under cover of darkness. Five hours later, dozens of Japanese Zeros riddle the plane with bullets. Bloody and half-conscious, Zeamer and Sarnoski keep the plane in the air, winning what will go down as the longest dogfight in history and maneuvering an emergency landing in the jungle. Only one of them will make it home alive.

With unprecedented access to the Old 666 crew’s family and letters, as well as newly released transcripts from the Imperial Air Force’s official accounts of the battle, Lucky 666 is perhaps the last untold “great war story” (Kirkus Reviews) from the war in the Pacific. It’s an unforgettable tale of friendship, bravery, and sacrifice—and “highly recommended for WWII and aviation history buffs alike” (BookPage).

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Chapters

  • Lucky666 01 Title
    Duration: 28s
  • Lucky666 02 Prologue
    Duration: 08min
  • Lucky666 03 Part1Ch1
    Duration: 15min
  • Lucky666 04 Ch2
    Duration: 18min
  • Lucky666 05 Ch3
    Duration: 16min
  • Lucky666 06 Ch4
    Duration: 18min
  • Lucky666 07 Ch5
    Duration: 15min
  • Lucky666 08 Ch6
    Duration: 19min
  • Lucky666 09 Ch7
    Duration: 21min
  • Lucky666 10 Ch8
    Duration: 21min
  • Lucky666 11 Part2Ch9
    Duration: 24min
  • Lucky666 12 Ch10
    Duration: 15min
  • Lucky666 13 Ch11
    Duration: 17min
  • Lucky666 14 Ch12
    Duration: 19min
  • Lucky666 15 Ch13
    Duration: 19min
  • Lucky666 16 Ch14
    Duration: 12min
  • Lucky666 17 Ch15
    Duration: 13min
  • Lucky666 18 Ch16
    Duration: 09min
  • Lucky666 19 Ch17
    Duration: 16min
  • Lucky666 20 Ch18
    Duration: 14min
  • Lucky666 21 Part3Ch19
    Duration: 20min
  • Lucky666 22 Ch20
    Duration: 11min
  • Lucky666 23 Ch21
    Duration: 16min
  • Lucky666 24 Ch22
    Duration: 18min
  • Lucky666 25 Ch23
    Duration: 19min
  • Lucky666 26 Ch24
    Duration: 16min
  • Lucky666 27 Ch25
    Duration: 19min
  • Lucky666 28 Ch26
    Duration: 13min
  • Lucky666 29 Ch27
    Duration: 13min
  • Lucky666 30 Ch28
    Duration: 10min
  • Lucky666 31 Ch29
    Duration: 08min
  • Lucky666 32 Ch30
    Duration: 10min
  • Lucky666 33 Ch31
    Duration: 06min
  • Lucky666 34 Ch32
    Duration: 05min
  • Lucky666 35 Epilogue
    Duration: 27min
  • Lucky666 36 Afterword
    Duration: 04min
  • Lucky666 37 Credits
    Duration: 01min

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