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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Jack R. Myers  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction History

Born: in Barry, Illinois

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Myers was born in Barry, Illinois but grew up in Quincy, Illinois. He also lived in Decatur and Springfield, Illinois. Myers also attended Millikin University in Decatur.

Biographical and Professional Information

Myers was educated at Ft. Hays Kansas State College and Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois. He is graduate of the U.S. Army Aviation Cadet School and served as a bombardier on a B-17, flew 35 missions over Germany, Austria, Hungary, Rumania, Czechoslovakia, Greece, Yugoslavia and Poland during World War II. He knows first-hand the terrifying fears many veterans faced during the war. One of the reasons Myers wrote his books. He wanted World War II veterans -- and veteran from today's wars -- to know it's OK to talk about their fears. After serving in the war, Myers returned to Quincy for a time. He later landed jobs with insurance companies in Decatur and Springfield. Then in 1961 he moved to Oklahoma City and started his own company, Standard Business Supply. Myers is now retired and lives in Arcadia, Oklahoma.


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Titles At Your Library

Shot at and Missed: Recollections of a World War II Bombardier
ISBN: 0806136952

University of Oklahoma Press. 2005

In this riveting narrative, Jack R. Myers recounts his experiences as a B-17 bombardier during World War II. Commissioned a second lieutenant in 1944 at age twenty, Myers began flying missions with the 2nd Bomb Group, U.S. Fifteenth Air Force. He learned firsthand the exhilaration—and terror—of being shot at and missed.

Based in Italy, the Fifteenth Air Force flew strategic bombing raids over southern Germany, Austria, Hungary, Rumania, and Czechoslovakia. Less celebrated than the Eighth Air Force, which flew out of England, the Fifteenth, nevertheless, was pivotal in dismantling the German industrial complex. Myers offers an insider’s view of these missions over southern and central Europe. The reader goes with him into the highly exposed Plexiglas nose of the Flying Fortress, flying with him through the flak-filled skies of Europe and peering with him through his Norden bombsight at Axis targets.

On average, a heavy-bomber crewman survived only sixteen bombing missions. Myers survived his allotted thirty-five missions before being honorably discharged in 1945.



Calftown Boy
ISBN: 0595417949

iUniverse, Inc.. 2006

Calftown Boy is a collection of short stories depicting a more innocent time in America. Meet grandfather Douglas Myers who went to Texas in 1878 in an ill-conceived plan to make his fortune on the Chisholm Trail. (Adventurous) Row with the in-famous South Side Boat Club brew-crew as they win the Koenig Trophy in St. Louis in 1941, after training on beer and cigarettes. (Amusing) Fly a hazardous bombing mission in 1944 over Hitler's Germany and survive a bail-out at night during a thunderstorm. (Terrifying) Ride with Bill Addis as he wins the National Show Horse Championship in 1990. (Exciting) Laugh at wild stories of unusual salesmen I have known. (Hilarious) My generation, the so-called Greatest Generation, was forged by the bitter fires of the Great Depression and formed by the cauldron of World War II. Those were America's "Golden Years" and many of these stories are representative of those glorious times and some of the unusual characters they produced. All I want is for future generations to know me, and those I write about, for what we were. In so doing I may reveal more of our imperfections than I should, but if I brush away our flaws we will all vanish.

Co-Pilot's Demons
ISBN: 0981937624

Ionic Press. 2009

Based on a true story, 19 year old Sam Crawford joins the Army Air Corp during WWII and tries to overcome his father's prediction that he will be a coward like his father was in WWI. Flying over enemy territory, hitting bombing targets, losing best friends in arial combat, and falling in love with beautiful young women in Italy and Russia make Sam grow up fast and lead him to a place he never dreamed he would be.