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By Mark Dunn

From the award-winning and hugely acclaimed writer of Ella Minnow Pea comes Mark Dunn's so much bold novel to this point. American Decameron tells 100 tales, each one happening in a special yr of the 20 th century.

A woman in Galveston is born at the eve of an excellent hurricane and the sunrise of the 20 th century. Survivors of the Lusitania are by accident reunited within the North Atlantic. A member of the Bonus military locate himself nose to nose with basic MacArthur. A failed author makes an attempt to finish his existence at the Golden Gate Bridge until eventually an unforeseen heroine involves his rescue, and at the doorstep of a brand new millennium, because the clock moves twelve, the degree is determined for a beautiful denouement because the American century converges upon itself in a Greenwich nursing domestic, tying jointly all the past stories and the final 100 years.

Zany and affecting, deeply relocating and wildly hilarious, American Decameron is one America's strongest voices on the most sensible its game.

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This time the flak was heavy, but the Il-2s and their escorts claimed to have destroyed or damaged 15 enemy aircraft. On their way home, the LaGG-3s engaged in a fierce dogfight with German fighters. Capt Krasnov was shot down but survived, while Lt Bystrov was reported missing in action. The following morning, crews from 800th ShAP attacked Kursk-Vostochniy airfield. Over the next ten days, SouthWestern Front aircraft flew a further three strikes on six German airfields. J' Half of these attacks were made by Il-2s, including the raid on Stalino airfield by 12 Shturmoviks from 7th GShAP and 21 Oth ShAP.

62 mm ShKAS machine guns for rear defence against German fighters. About 1200 single-seaters were modified in such a way. In this photograph, 11-2 air gunner Sgt Baklar Saakyan is strapped in behind a makeshift ShKAS defensive machine gun mounting, which appears to have come from a Tupolev SB-2 medium bomber combined under the command of Gen Khryukin. The 8th Air Army comprised 268th, 269th, 220th, and 206th lAD, 228th and 226th ShAD, 270th and 271st BAD and 272nd NBAD. 235th lAD, six independent fighter regiments and four combined air regiments had been transferred to the 8th Air Army from the Supreme High Command reserves and other fronts by 13 June 1942.

Five groups ofIl-2s from 206th and 226th ShAD, escorted by fighters from 268th and 288th IAD, combed the streets on 20 September. At 0645 hrs, eight Il-2s from 504th ShAP, led by the regimental navigator, Capt Prutkov, attacked tanks and personnel carriers near Aviagorodok and the Central Airfield. Seven 505th ShAP Il-2s led by Maj Vasiliev, who was also a regimental navigator, hit Aviagorodok again at 1010 hrs. A third group ofeight Il-2s, led by Snr Lt Pstygo, attacked enemy tanks and vehicles near the railway station, in the main square and in Kommunisticheskaya and Saratovskaya streets at 1300 hrs.

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