Reflections of a Reluctant Warrior


The author and Merriam Press announce the release Liberando: Reflections of a Reluctant Warrior. This is the harrowing story of WW II bomber pilots told through the eyes of Lieutenant John H. Horn. This historical novel was authored by his son, a local veteran,  John E. Horn, following two years of research both here and in Italy.
Nashville, Tennessee,  December 19, 2016,  John Horn had an abiding interest in aviation since childhood. Serving in World War II provided an opportunity to pursue this interest. The heroic story follows a young man from childhood through air combat in Europe — from the prewar years through the end of the war. It reflects what millions of servicemen and women lived through. Liberando is the personal account of a young man’s experiences entering the United States Army Air Force as a volunteer and going on to fly B-24 heavy bombers in combat from Italy into the underbelly of the Axis powers in Europe. The book combines a graphic and historically accurate portrayal of what thousands of brave young men experienced in the crucible of air combat during WW II. Included is newly discovered information about the airfield in San Pancrazio, Italy.
From the book - The last bomber in the first section accelerated and the nose lifted at the correct point. Just before lift-off the airplane seemed to hesitate and slammed back down to earth, shearing the nose gear. My heart sank as I approached the burning wreckage. It was #93 and Allen Bunker, my gunner, was inside. With 2,700 gallons of high octane AVGAS fueling the flames, it was impossible to get closer than 100 yards. Regretfully, the tail gunner was the only crew member to escape. The remainder of the crew of #93 were immolated in the fire. Losing Allen was the saddest day of my life. I did not know it was possible to feel this badly and still breathe. It was ultimately my call that allowed him to volunteer to fly with another crew; I was responsible for his death.
Horn conducted interviews in Italy and pored through his father’s flight logs, letters home and other historical documents to write the story’s historical context. Everything in the book happened. A war story of hope and despair and everything in between. Liberando provides compelling reading for the casual World War II enthusiast or the serious historian.
Liberando is available on-line from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Merriam Press and is coming to fine book stores.

John E. Horn is a retired Colonel and aviator from the US Army. Following a successful military career, he worked in higher education serving in a variety positions culminating with an appointment as the director of adult studies at Aquinas College in Nashville, Tennessee. John and his wife of 46 years, Betty, live in Hermitage, TN with their Irish Terrier, Clancy and alley cat, Stonewall.

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John E. Horn –, 615-915-2872, 12207 Old Hickory Bv, Hermitage, TN 37076

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My Trip to San Pancrazio

October 2019


NOTE change in month !!!

DATES: Oct 26-29, 2023

CITY:Tucson, AZ

HOTEL: Double Tree Suites Airport hotel

7051 South Tucson Blvd., Tucson, AZ 85756


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previous reunions

For Sale

The Other Doolittle Raid

The Broken Wings of Zlatibor

The Liberandos

Three Crawford Brothers

Liberando: Reflections of a Reluctant Warrior

376th Bomb Group Mission History

The Last Liberator

Full Circle

Shadows of Wings

Ten Men, A "Flying Boxcar," and A War

I Survived Ploesti

A Measure of Life

Shot Down In Yugoslavia

Stories of My Life


Born in Battle

Bombardier's Diary

Lost Airmen

Langdon Liberando