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Flying against Fate This page intentionally left blank Flying against Fate Superstition and Allied Aircrews in World War II S. P. MACKENZIE University Press of Kansas Published by the University Press of Kansas (Lawrence, Kansas 66045), which was organized by the Kansas Board of Regents and is operated and funded by Emporia State University, Fort Hays State University, Kansas State University, Pittsburg State University, the University of Kansas, and Wichita State University.© 2017 by the University Press of Kansas All rights reserved Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Names: MacKenzie, S. P., author. Title: Flying against fate : superstition and Allied aircrews in World War II / S. P. MacKenzie. Description: Lawrence, Kansas : University Press of Kansas, 2017. | Includes bibliographical references and index. Identifiers: LCCN 2017020138 | ISBN 9780700624690 (cloth : alk. paper) | ISBN 9780700624706 (ebook) Subjects: LCSH: World War, 1939–1945— Psychological aspects. | Superstition—History— 20th century. | World War, 1939–1945—Aerial operations. Classification: LCC D744.55 .M33 2017 | DDC 940.54/4973—dc23 LC record available at https://lccn.loc.gov /2017020138 British Library Cataloguing-in-Publication Data is available. Printed in the United States of America 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 The paper used in this publication is recycled and contains 30 percent postconsumer waste. It is acid free and meets the minimum requirements of the American National Standard for Permanence of Paper for Printed Library Materials Z39.48-1992. ...


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