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When Heroes Flew

An American bomber crew.  

A German fighter pilot.  

And a deadly WWII showdown with a stunning conclusion...

For B-24 bomber pilot Albert Lycoming, the mission was history in the making.

Their mission: a daring low-level attack on Hitler’s extensive oil refineries.

But when his co-pilot falls ill, Albert is forced to secretly find help from an unlikely source—a female pilot who ferried a bomber from America.

Together, the two launch on the most daring bombing raid of WWII...and into the pages of history.

Praise for When Heroes Flew:

“World War II angst and action brought to life. Action filled fictional insight into one of the most daring air battles of the war.” —Commander George Wallace, USN (Ret.), author of the Hunter Killer series

"Buzz Bernard's evocative prose places you right into the cockpit of a World War II bomber. You can feel the vibration, smell the exhaust, and sense the fear." —Tom Young, author of Silver Wings, Iron Cross

“Expertly interweaving the boredom, horror, humor, injustice, and irony of war, H. W. "Buzz" Bernard has delivered a bravura performance to the canon of World War II literature. Well done!" —Dwight Jon Zimmerman, award-winning New York Times bestselling author

"[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

“Based on a little known true story, this thrilling work of fiction vividly captures the bravery and sacrifice of the men—and women—who helped defeat Hitler’s war machine. Strap in! It’s one hell of a ride!” —Don Keith, award-winning and bestselling author of Final Bearing

"The air raid against the Nazi petrochemical complex at Ploiesti...demonstrated the supreme heroism of the pilots and crews...and this book vividly and unforgettably shows you why. Highly recommended." —P.T. Deutermann, author of Pacific Glory, winner of the annual W.Y. Boyd award for best military fiction

"You don’t need to be an aviation buff or a military historian to get swept up into Bernard’s skillful vision that causes you to 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

About H.W. "Buzz" Bernard

H. W. "Buzz" Bernard is a best-selling, award-winning novelist.

Before becoming a novelist, Buzz worked at The Weather Channel as a senior meteorologist for thirteen years. Prior to that, he served as a weather officer in the U.S. Air Force for over three decades. He attained the rank of colonel and received, among other awards, the Legion of 

His "airborne" experiences include a mission with the Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunters, air drops over the Arctic Ocean and Turkey, and a stint as a weather officer aboard a Tactical Air Command airborne command post (C-135).

In the past, he's provided field support to forest fire fighting operations in the Pacific Northwest, spent a summer working on Alaska's arctic slope, and served two tours in Vietnam. Various other jobs, both civilian and military, have taken him to Germany, Saudi Arabia, and Panama.

He's a native Oregonian and attended the University of Washington in Seattle where he earned a bachelor's degree in atmospheric science; he also studied creative writing.

Buzz is a past president of the Southeastern Writers Association as well as a member of International Thriller Writers, the Atlanta Writers Club, Military Society Writers of America, and Willamette Writers.

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