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A Nice Piece of Flying

Robert J. Flood


Robert Flood was a bombardier on a B-17 over Hitler’s Germany. He was shot down in March of 1944 and became a POW until 1945, when the Reich fell and he was liberated by Russian troops. Robert wrote the five stories in this collection in the early 1980s, thirty-five years or so after the war ended. He knew that World War II had left emotional marks on everyone it touched. His stories explore those marks and the tough, flawed men and women of the time.

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Paperback ISBN: 979-8-9885505-2-5



Advance Acclaim for A Nice Piece of Flying

“The stories are terse, tight, and emotional, as told by someone who’s been there.”
—Robert F. Landau, documentary filmmaker

“Well written and entertaining -- especially the first story. That’s probably every ex-fighter pilot’s dream.”
—David Heiman, F-15 pilot, USAF (Retired)

“A message in a bottle from the Greatest Generation.”
—Raul Ramos y Sanchez, award-winning author

“An exquisite walk-through memory, nostalgia, and perseverance.”
—Dr. Roy Heidicker, Marine Corps veteran, retired 4th Fighter Wing historian


“Heartfelt. Bittersweet. Real. Funny. No bullshit.”
—Dean Parisot, Director, Galaxy Quest, Bill & Ted 3

“Beautifully written and deeply moving.”
—Ellen Bari, Author; Curator, “Courage to Act: Rescue in Denmark” exhibit at New York’s Museum of Jewish Heritage

“A real pleasure to read…. Flood has a unique, honest style.”
—Shane Salk, Award-winning Audio Drama producer

“You know these people…. You feel a part of their lives.”
—Valerie Woods, Emmy-winning TV series Writer, Producer

Author Robert J. Flood

Bob Flood’s other books include The Hit Man (the story of a mob assassin’s last job) and The Flying Carpetbagger (the real-life story of A.L. Eisenhauser, the pilot of financier Robert Vesco’s 707).


Bob grew up in Woodlawn, an Irish neighborhood in the North Bronx. The son of Irish immigrants, he was the second of thirteen children. He and his wife, Katherine, had four children. Bob died in September 2001. He is buried at Arlington National Cemetery.

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