Jesse Richard Pitts was a pilot for the B-17 Flying Fortress in World War Two. In this evocative memoir, Jesse Pitts relates his bombing history and personal experiences, as a B-17 co-pilot and member of 379th bomb group of the 8th air force. Second Lieutenant Pitts along with his crew, flew 25 missions over France and Germany from 1943-1944 in the Penny Ante. This moving book tells the fascinating story of the experiences of this 'band of brothers' in the Second World War.
Jesse Richard Pitts was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and the French Croix de Guerre. After the war he returned to Harvard, received his Ph.D in sociology in 1958, and became a university lecturer and author. He died in 2003 and his last years were devoted to writing Return to Base, which he dedicated to the crew of the Penny Ante.