Charles B. Alling received the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal with four Oak Leaf Clusters during the Second World War. He graduated from Yale University in 1947. In 1988, he retired and studied Ethics at Oxford University Graduate School in England. In 1989, he founded the Alling Institute for Ethics. The institute is affiliated with The Foundation for Leadership and Ethics in New York City of which Alling is Chairman Emeritus. Alling serves on the Board of Visitors of the Air University at Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, Alabama, an appointment by former Secretary of Defense, Bill Cohen. He lives in Kennebunk, Maine.
"This is a personal account of the captain and crew of a lead
bomber in the enormous formation raids made by the 8th Airforce
during the last 10 months of World War II. The narrative
demonstrates the courage and bravery of the crew of one B17 Flying
Fortress. Flying 27 missions before the war's end in May 1945,
Alling provides a unique insight into the lives of a crew that flew
the War to its end"-- "Plane and Pilot"
"In a fascinating way, Chuck Allling recalls his days as a pilot flying B-17's over Germany. He is truly a member of 'The Greatest Generation'; and from his book, written from the heart, people can learn a lot about the laughs and the tears of World War ll."--Former President George H. W. Bush