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Midnight Flight to Nuremberg (Hardback)

The Capture of the Nazi who put Adolf Hitler into Power

WWII Aviation Aviation in WWII Photographic Books Hitler & the Third Reich

By Marcus A. Nannini
Imprint: Air World
Pages: 224
ISBN: 9781526792730
Published: 1st September 2021


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Finalist, 2021 "Best Book" Awards

"Award Winning Finalist in the History: Military category of the 2021 Best Book Awards sponsored by American Book Fest" 

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This is the story of an American C-47 ‘Dakota’ pilot who earned three Air Medals, seven Battle Stars and flew twenty-seven combat missions during the Second World War. As a young U.S. pilot, Harry Watson, arrived in Britain as the Battle of Normandy was reaching its crescendo. Thrown immediately into the fray, Harry, along with more than 200 aircraft, set off to carry supplies to the troops fighting in France. But with visibility reduced to zero, the aircraft were ordered to turn back – all did except Harry, who successfully delivered his life-saving cargo of blood and US Army nurses.

Harry continued to take risks, which resulted in many hair-raising episodes. This included almost being caught on the ground, while on an urgent fuel resupply mission for a platoon of General Patton’s tanks, by a German Mk.IV panzer and a battalion of supporting infantry.

He flew throughout Operation Market Garden, losing a close friend to German anti-aircraft fire while taking some hits to his own plane. Thereafter he led a flight of five transports on a desperate mission to evacuate a mobile field hospital that was about to be over-run by the SS. Only four of the planes made it back as they came under direct fire just before they could take-off with scores of casualties and medical personnel crammed aboard each Dakota.

Around midnight, in early April 1945, he was sent on a secret mission to fly to a point near Nuremberg, which was behind enemy lines at the time. It was necessary for him to locate an empty meadow in the dark, land, load a party of US soldiers and their captives, and then take-off again. He pulled it off. Among those prisoners was Franz von Papen, the man who had persuaded President Hindenburg to make Hitler Chancellor of Germany in 1933. Von Papen had been seized at his own home by First Lieutenant Thomas McKinley and his men from the US 194th Glider Infantry Regiment.

Based on his own recollections, as told to the author Marcus Nannini, this is Harry Watson’s exciting account of the air war told, unusually, through the words of a transport pilot.

A riveting and detailed military memoir, "Midnight Flight to Nuremberg: The Capture of the Nazi who put Adolf Hitler into Power" is an extraordinary and recommended addition to community, college, and university library World War II biographies.

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Midwest Book Review

"If you wish to read an exciting book filled with harrowing escapes and a great life that pays homage to one of America’s bravest, “Midnight Flight to Nuremberg” by Marcus A. Nannini is the book you want! 5 Stars.”

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Midnight Flight to Nuremberg is easily one of Nannini's most well-written and well-researched books; an enthralling rollercoaster ride for history buffs.

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Daniel Rhodes, The Book Commentary

The book provides a unique historical view of WWII, military terminology, aircrafts, and machinery, and life in the 1940’s. Harry is the perfect protagonist to his own story, sharing with readers his harrowing experiences during WWII that many can only imagine. Readers will find a perfect balance of history and biography in Midnight Flight to Nuremberg.

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About Marcus A. Nannini

MARCUS A. NANNINI began his writing career when he published his own newspaper in the sixth grade and charged 25 cents per school quarter for the privilege of reading the only hand-written copy of each edition. The newspaper was a modest success. He was a paid newspaper reporter during his undergraduate years and also worked three semesters as the research assistant to journalism professor Richard Stocks Carlson, Ph.D. A life-long history buff with a particular interest in World War II and the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Nannini is the author of several highly regarded WWII titles.

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