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B-17G Flying Fortress Shoo Shoo Baby of the 91st Bomb Group (USAF Museum)

The B-17 Flying Fortress, Part 1

Few World War II airplanes have captured the imagination like the Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress. I’ve enjoyed walking through many of these planes, and in 2011 I had the awesome privilege of flying in the Experimental Aircraft Association‘s Aluminum Overcast. You can read about my flight and watch a video here. The legendary Flying Fortress is a starring side character in my Wings of Glory series. Today I&#... Read Article

The Land Beneath Us – Tour of Pointe du Hoc, Part 2

To celebrate the release of The Land Beneath Us, I’m conducting a photo tour of locations from the novel that I saw on my research trips to England, Normandy, Tennessee and more. From the previous books in the Sunrise at Normandy series: Tour of London Part 1 Tour of London, Part 2 Tour: D-Day at Sea (includes photos of the Isle of Wight and crossing the English Channel) Tour of Omaha Beach Tour of the Queen Mary... Read Article

The Land Beneath Us – Tour of Pointe du Hoc, Part 1

To celebrate the release of The Land Beneath Us, I’m conducting a photo tour of locations from the novel that I saw on my research trips to England, Normandy, Tennessee and more. From the previous books in the Sunrise at Normandy series: Tour of London Part 1 Tour of London, Part 2 Tour: D-Day at Sea (includes photos of the Isle of Wight and crossing the English Channel) Tour of Omaha Beach Tour of the Queen Mary... Read Article

The Land Beneath Us – Tour of Tullahoma, Tennessee

To celebrate the release of The Land Beneath Us, I’m conducting a photo tour of locations from the novel that I saw on my research trips to England, Normandy, Tennessee and more. From the previous books in the Sunrise at Normandy series: Tour of London Part 1 Tour of London, Part 2 Tour: D-Day at Sea (includes photos of the Isle of Wight and crossing the English Channel) Tour of Omaha Beach Tour of the Queen Mary... Read Article

The Land Beneath Us Photo Tour

To celebrate the release of The Land Beneath Us, I’m conducting a photo tour of locations from the novel that I saw on my research trips to England and Normandy and to Tullahoma, Tennessee. Today, I’m linking to photo tours I conducted for The Sea Before Us and The Sky Above Us that also relate to The Land Beneath Us. Tour of London Part 1 Tour of London, Part 2 Tour: D-Day at Sea (includes photos of the... Read Article
A Dog, the President's Son, and a Grieving Sailor, an Incredible Story from World War II

A Dog, the President’s Son, and a Grieving Sailor

Sometimes historical research is dry, but often it brings up fascinating stories. While reading excerpts from 1945 issues of Time Magazine, a story grabbed my attention. It involved Antioch, California—the small (at the time) town I used as the hometown for the heroes in my Wings of Glory series. A bit of time over microfiche copies of the Antioch Ledger pulled the details together. Like many good stories, this inv... Read Article
Christmas in World War II - The US Military

Christmas in World War II – The Military

Although World War II did not take a holiday, Americans at home and abroad did their best to celebrate Christmas. Wartime separations and deprivations made festivities poignant and bittersweet. This post looks at Christmas for American servicemen and women. See also: Christmas on the US Home Front. Christmas during World War II found Americans on many fronts. In 1941, only a few weeks after the Pearl Harbor attack, A... Read Article
Christmas in World War II - the US Home Front

Christmas in World War II – The US Home Front

Although World War II did not take a holiday, Americans at home and abroad did their best to celebrate Christmas. Wartime separations and deprivations made festivities poignant and bittersweet. This post looks at Christmas on the US Home Front. See also: Christmas for American servicemen and women. Families on the US Home Front dealt with painful separations as sons and daughters, husbands and fathers were away from ... Read Article
Sarah Sundin at the Vieux Port in Marseilles, France, August 2011 (Photo: Sarah Sundin)

France’s Other D-Day – Photo Tour of Southern France

When my family had the opportunity to visit Italy and southern France in 2011, I was doubly delighted. Not only could we tour countries I had always longed to see, but I could conduct research for my Wings of the Nightingale series, which follows three World War II flight nurses in the Mediterranean. The third novel, In Perfect Time, revolves around Operation Dragoon, the Allied invasion of southern France on 15 Augu... Read Article

Port Chicago – Desegregation of the US Navy

In the worst Home Front disaster of World War II, an explosion at the Naval Magazine in Port Chicago, California on July 17, 1944 killed 320 men, of whom 202 were black. The tragedy was followed by a work stoppage and a controversial mutiny trial. This sent ripples of change through the segregated armed forces. These events are included in my third novel, Blue Skies Tomorrow. This is the last in a five-part series on... Read Article