With the Possum and the Eagle
Ralph H. Nutter was the lead navigator for Eighth Air Force raids over
Germany when he was assigned as Maj. Gen. Curtis “the Eagle” LeMay’s
group navigator. Later, as the strategic air war over Europe was winding
down, the ace navigator was transferred to B-29 Superfortress duty with
the Twentieth Air Force in the Pacific, where he was picked by Brigadier
Gen. Haywood “Possum” Hansell to be his bomber navigator. After LeMay
succeeded Hansell as bomber commander, Nutter returned to navigation
duty with LeMay.
Hansell and LeMay were two of our country’s leading combat commanders in
Europe and the Pacific. They pioneered the concepts of strategic
airpower and high-altitude daylight precision bombing. With the Possum
and the Eagle affords a rare insider’s perspective on aviation
leadership and strategic issues, melded with extraordinary accounts of
courage under fire.
“As one who worked for General LeMay for six years, I found this book to
be truly outstanding, a must read for anyone interested in leadership
under intense pressure. The other books on LeMay cannot hold a candle to
this one.” —General David C. Jones, former Chairman of the Joint
Chiefs of Staff
“A major contribution to the history of U.S. Army Air Forces’ strategic
air operations against Germany and Japan.” —General Henry C. Huglin,
“Nothing like this book exists insofar as first person insights into the
critical decisions and interaction of LeMay, Hansell, Norstad, and
Arnold. Nutter’s account fills a big void in the history of WWII aerial
bombardment.” —Gen. Russell Dougherty, USAF Ret.
“Simply the best original work I have read in thirty years.” —Tom
Britton, docent at the National Air and Space Museum, Washington,
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