A Fortress and A Legacy

A Fortress and a Legacy combines stunning historical accuracy with the pathos of a family torn by war. An exchange of letters between Knoxville native and B-17 bombardier Bud Perrin and his bride, a former Miss America contestant, gives this story heart and soul.

The book captivates readers with its portrayal of the cross-current of personal relationships set against the background of enlistment, training, and execution of bombing missions over continental Europe.


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B-17 in Flight

“…And I don’t believe in fighting the wind. You go and you fly with your wind. Let everyone else catch their own gusts of wind and let them fly with their own gusts of wind, and you go and you fly with yours.”  ― C. JoyBell C. Our pilots are perhaps the bravest men who ever…

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Aircraft Carrier Footage in Pacific

“No soldier outlives a thousand chances. But every soldier believes in chance and trusts his luck.” ―Erich Maria Remarque A soldier is a man who presses his luck with love and courage as guiding principles. He puts his life to the test and even sacrifice his life if needed, to serve his country and people.…

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97th BG 414th BS B-17 Mid-Air

“Photographs are usually looked at. But for you to know the story, what you need to do is to look into.” -Anonymous Freedom—a seven-letter word which means the world to people. It ignites one’s soul to conquer fear and embrace courage. It inspires people to unite and fight as a single force. Freedom is a…

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